unfortunately i did not have an opportunity to write during my two weeks in Puerto Montt, Chile. i would have had a lot to report about all the things i was seeing and doing at the organic farm i was working at.
i booked it down to Bariloche, AR where i was surrounded by chocolate, volcanoes, and icy blue lakes. didn’t stay long enough to enjoy it though, i rushed on to Puerto Montt, through the Andes. it was a beautiful route with towering pine forests, rivers and hidden farms. in Puerto Montt i found a van that would take me to Metri, a 40 min. ride. they droped me off at the end of a gravel road that ran up a hill away from the ocean and into the forest of pines and hazelnut trees. down this road i found another gravel drive where i happily ran into Mike Bush and Allison (from OR)!
we worked on la granja de Matias. it is a small family farm. Matias grows a lot of lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, cucumbers etc. he makes apple cider vinegar and goat cheese. while there we built a greenhouse, milked goats, picked a ton of apples, climbed trees, swam in a lake, hiked around, played banjo… we made our meals with what we picked on the farm supplemented by homemade bread we bought at a house/store down the gravel road. my hands were blackberry stained the entire time. i took a “shower” with water from a pot i heated over a woodburning stove. some of it really tested my … patience? but it was a magical time. i might say it was the most beautiful location to live. i am planning my own sustainable homestead for someday.
aight. NOW i am in Santiago, Chile. i might as well start a new post to separate the time that has passed. chau.