We spent Christmas in a town in Chile called Valparaiso. There were lots of hills (thats what the town was known for) and there were these funny little lifts all around the town that help you get up the steep hills. Valparaiso is famous for these lifts and protected because of them.
At night it was amazing because the whole hill would be lit up by sparkly lights of all shapes and sizes.
In the mornings it was always foggy and you couldn’t see much out of the window, but when you got outside and it started getting a little later it was actually very colourful and I liked the flags in the streets.
This street art is not as good as the art in Buenas Aires but it was still cool to see all sorts of artists and the artworks they had done. My favourite was the ostrich because its quite funny and its colourful.
We did our own self-guided walking tour with a digital map and Bella and I navigated. We kept getting distracted though by cute animals. I found a really lovely orange tabby kitten who was sitting in a mans lap outside a fruit stall. I was allowed to pick her up and stroke her. She bit a little because she was teething, but it was a kind of tickly not hurty.
We tried to go to church and listen to some carols on the 24th but we didn’t end up doing it because it wasn’t really like English carols. It was more of just listening to some very loud noise that they were making and blasting through the speakers for half an hour. There was a beautiful crib so we ended up saying a prayer in front of it and then bailing.
On Christmas day everybody work up and rushed into our room (Dinnie and Grandpa were with us as well as Mummy and Daddy) because I guess we HAD all been nice after all. We jumped into bed and started taking it in turns to open our stockings, starting with the youngest (me!!!!), and then going to the oldest (Grandpa!!!).
For lunch we went to a lovely restaurant with an amazing view over the harbour.
Before lunch we ate we opened 2 presents each and played Exploding Kittens. I got this game from my best friend Catrin. You needed to have a good strategy and it was very fun and funny.
Grandpa got these face jigsaw pieces in his stocking that you could hang from your nose and have crazy faces. You had to get the right size and skin colour for it to be really funny.
We went for a quick walk to the docks in the afternoon and filmed the twelfth day of Christmas for our 2018 jingle, and then vegged out for the rest of the evening watching the Queens speech and a movie. Dinnie had brought mince pies (which were really good) and were a great addition to make it feel more Christmasy.