Lesson Learned

You can’t just walk into an all-you-can-eat-buffet (“tenedor libre”) in Arica and start chowing down. At least for me at lunch today it didn’t work out the way that I had expected. Hot foods weren’t actually hot and mysterious-looking foods tasted…. mysterious. But I tried just about everything on the table, and I can’t tell you the name of a single thing that I ate. However, I did get a few Chileans to smile at my facial expressions as I stuffed my face.

I think I mistook the communal bowl of fruit preserves for dessert and took it to my table. I took a few bites of it. Delicious, but inappropriate.

Buffets just aren’t the best place to start your culinary adventure in a new place, at least not if you intend to go “all out.” When it comes to food, that’s my nature.

Today also included a tour of a few beautiful beaches around the city, and a look at how some local fisherman catch local types of crustaceans. I intend to return to the beaches to fish with those men later!



5 thoughts on “Lesson Learned

  1. Hysterical, honey! I’m so glad you’re being so adventurous — and glad we took you to Hoss’s over the years so you could learn how to pig out at buffets :) !

  2. You getting enough food down there was one of our biggest worries. I expect all of the “tenedor libres” will have your picture posted on the wall before long (with a big circle and slash thru it for warnings to the managers). I hope your food exploring doesn’t haunt you a few hours from now. – Love ya. Dad. And keep up the posts – we love them.

  3. Ejnoy those buffets, Will, but watch that South American potato salad! The fish should be fantastic!! Watch the tomatoes and salad– be sure it’s all been cleaned!! Did you get Colera shots? Chilean apples are fantastic. Salmon from the lake district is out of this world! Rotisserie chickens on the spit by the side of the road– awesome! Pollo para llevar! If the pollo comes with a side order of mandioca, get it! (their version of a potato–total starch- total yummy).
    If you see dulce de leche–that’s liquid caramel! Awesome!
    Glad your Spanish has kicked in full gear and that you’ve met some friendly people.

  4. Will, reading this just me laugh so hard! I can just picture you chowing down and having yourself a good ol’ time at this buffet! The Will I know never shies away from ANY food…(except that one time back in high school when we went to the Chinese buffet and you thought it was so gross when I ate those little squids!) :) I’m so happy to see that you’re having a good time and learning all sorts of things no matter how small. Keep that positive attitude of yours going and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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