La Serena and Tongoy

Cloudy Monday morning was spent casually wandering around La Serena's streets, churches and markets. When the city was being built, the order was to build the buildings in an old Spanish architectural style. All of the churches here are built of stone, which is unusual for Chile.

Except for a short stretch on Daddy's shoulders, Kirsi walked the entire time. It showed in her appetite as she downed 4 cheese empanadas and an entire ice cream all by herself.

Kirsi just didn't want to go down for a nap in the hotel so we hopped in the car and headed for the beaches south of La Serena. About 7 blocks later, Kirsi was out like a light.

We spent a little time collecting shells on one beach in Tongoy and the rest of the time driving from little fishing village to little fishing village before returning to La Serena for supper.

I did forget to mention that on the Elqui Valley tour, we had a short visit with a couple of my students and their mother. They showed us their hosteria, which had a couple of llamas (pronounced yamas here) tied up. We got to pet them and then one tried to steal Kirsi's cap. She got a kick out of that.
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