After our climbing adventure in Cochamo, (remember here), we decided to head back across the border into Argentina. Honestly, I couldn’t get out of Chile fast enough. I really don’t know why so many people rave about that country. It’s become my least favorite place to be, (there, I said it!). Not that there aren’t things to appreciate, like the raw beauty, but it’s expensive as hell and just not our cup of tea.
Anyway, we’re back in the ‘Big A’ and posted up in the small town of El Bolson.
El Bolson is a cool little hippy town in Northern Patagonia. It’s a spot we’ve been wanting to check out and so far we really dig it.
Below, Soleil making friends with a local…
So, lately we’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people asking what we plan to do about Soleil’s education. After asking they proceed to weigh in with their opinion. These range from public schooling to homeschooling to unschooling.
Just to set the record straight, we are going to homeschool Sol. We plan to continue living on the road, from country to country, so public school isn’t an option. And neither of us are big fans of unschooling. We’re confident that we can give her a world class education, so there it is.
Now, having said that, it’s recently been pointed out to me that I need to up my home schooling game.
Stevie and I have divided up the education and it’s her responsibility to teach Soleil Spanish and French, and my job to teach English. Based on the video below, it’s become clear that I am failing.
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I guess it doesn’t help that I’ve only been speaking to her in Spanish. Ok, so noted. From now on it’s all English.
In other news, I’ve been killing it in the other subject I’m responsible for, PE. Sol is getting an A+ in all her Phys Ed.
Below, out for a day out rock climbing near El Bolson…
Someone get’s pretty fired up when it comes to climbing days!
It’s fun to watch her progress. For someone who trips over her own feet when walking in a straight line, I can’t believe the skill she has when she starts climbing up. She’s a natural, like her Mama!
I’ve worked out a good system of spotting her. I’ve got a loose tethered rope on the back of her harness. She climbs on her own and if she falls I tug the rope with one hand and catch her like a football in the other. This should work for a little while longer… until she gets bigger.
Sol after a hard day of climbing…
Stevie working on her project…
In other news, Kiki just celebrated her 14th birthday! In case you haven’t been following the story, this is pretty much a miracle. Back in September of 2012, the vet in Lima gave Kiki 6 months to live, and Stevie was crushed, (remember here). We’re going on a year and a half later and Kiki is still trucking along!
While here in El Bolson we also ran into our overlanding pals, Doug and Marcia. They’ve been cruising around in this red Sprinter. It was great to catch up with them, finally.
Also on the road in a more than interesting rig is our pal Brian.
We had a couple good nights partying with these guys and they have talked us into going BACK into Chile to check out the Futaleufu river just south of here. Oh well, this river has been on my tick list since I was a kid so I’m stoked to go, even if it is in Chile!