|"Any last words?" "I hope this doesn't end up on YouTube"|
Well there's a headline you probably thought you'd never read. But yes indeed, yesterday we went to a bigger, more organized Fonda, and I rode a mechanical bull. Not well, but I did it. There is a video, but I will only share it if lots of people leave comments on this post :)
Let me back up first. Yesterday at the Bicicleta Verde party, Caroline and I were determined to make some new friends so we would have knowledgeable people to do things with around Santiago. We arranged plans to meet up with a few people the next day to go to a big Fonda at Parque Padre Huartodo. Unlike the free Fonda we went to on our own, this one was much more than just endless booths of food and cheap plastic toys you can buy.
We saw a Chilean rodeo, which is different from what you'd typically see in the states. Instead of a cowboy trying to ride a bucking bull, there were two cowboys on horses trying to herd a calf around the rodeo ring and eventually through a gate. The interesting part is that Chilean horses can run sideways, so there would be one cowboy chasing the calf from behind, and another one with the horse pointed straight at the calf, riding sideways along the calf's route. See the picture below to get the idea.
|Seems like the calf is outnumbered here...|
|You can tell from the layers and gloves that it was pretty cold outside! We are ready for South American summer.|
I've heard two explanations for the name, both entertaining. One story is that it was invented shortly after a major earthquake (decades ago), when someone mixed a drink with the only things that they had left in their home after the earthquake. The second explanation is that after you've had a couple, it feels like there is an earthquake because you will be so unsteady!
OK, I know what you are all thinking. "This is very interesting, but when will we hear about the trapped Chilean miners?" Well, that moment is now! At the Fonda, they had an exhibit about the technology used to rescue the miners, and they even had one of the rescue carriers. Here is Caroline standing in front of it.