• High Commissioner of Canada Paul Maddison, Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan and Matt Murray

    High Commissioner of Canada Paul Maddison, Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan and Matt Murray

  • Mark Parton and Luisa Pava

    Mark Parton and Luisa Pava

  • Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo toasts with wine and empanada

    Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo toasts with wine and empanada

  • Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and the Chilean Embassy lunch of wine and empanada

    Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and the Chilean Embassy lunch of wine and empanada

  • Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa, Ambassador of Peru Luis Quesada, Maria Teresa Garcia De Oteyza, Barbara Boeck and Ambassador of Austria Helmut Boeck.

    Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa, Ambassador of Peru Luis Quesada, Maria Teresa Garcia De Oteyza, Barbara Boeck and Ambassador of Austria Helmut Boeck.

  • Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo with Marite Andrade and Andres Guerra

    Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo with Marite Andrade and Andres Guerra

  • Valentina Mora and Erika Vicencio

    Valentina Mora and Erika Vicencio

  • Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic and Ambassador of Croatia Damir Kusen

    Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic and Ambassador of Croatia Damir Kusen

  • Jorge Trujillo and Clara Morilla

    Jorge Trujillo and Clara Morilla

  • Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo

    Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo

  • A 'pisco sour' toast from Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan to Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo

    A 'pisco sour' toast from Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan to Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo

  • Patricia Tryay, Luz Toledo and Gabriella Cortes

    Patricia Tryay, Luz Toledo and Gabriella Cortes

  • Colonel Orlando Franchi and Maria Carolina Arce with Captain Raul Zamorano and Marcella Manterila

    Colonel Orlando Franchi and Maria Carolina Arce with Captain Raul Zamorano and Marcella Manterila

  • Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo and Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco with Carlos Moran Leon and Mylene Mosella

    Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo and Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco with Carlos Moran Leon and Mylene Mosella

  • Iman Hashim, Samira Affane-Aji and Pia Waldren

    Iman Hashim, Samira Affane-Aji and Pia Waldren

  • Carmen and Carlos Pavez

    Carmen and Carlos Pavez

  • Juan Ormeno, Sonia Flores and Olga and Bas Ormeno

    Juan Ormeno, Sonia Flores and Olga and Bas Ormeno

  • Captain Pedro Ramirez-Quevedo and Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead

    Captain Pedro Ramirez-Quevedo and Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead

  • Warrant Officer Sady Tarque, Claudio Bonavia and Gonzalo Olmos

    Warrant Officer Sady Tarque, Claudio Bonavia and Gonzalo Olmos

  • Gino Arciniega, Tadael Martin, Captain Carlos Mighera and Colonel Crisoforo  Martinez

    Gino Arciniega, Tadael Martin, Captain Carlos Mighera and Colonel Crisoforo Martinez

  • Evelia Huicochea, MarianeTricarico, Maria Laencina and Eloisa Vidurrizaga

    Evelia Huicochea, MarianeTricarico, Maria Laencina and Eloisa Vidurrizaga

  • Ambassador of El Salvador Manuel Gutierrez - Ruiz and his wife Angela Gutierrez with Ibelise Escobar and Pablo Esteban Bedoya

    Ambassador of El Salvador Manuel Gutierrez - Ruiz and his wife Angela Gutierrez with Ibelise Escobar and Pablo Esteban Bedoya

  • Jose and Maria Ramos with Marcos Cruz

    Jose and Maria Ramos with Marcos Cruz

  • Gino Arciniega and Carlos Moran Leon

    Gino Arciniega and Carlos Moran Leon

  • Andrea Carvallo and Claudio Munoz

    Andrea Carvallo and Claudio Munoz

  • National dance group at the Embassy of Chile.

    National dance group at the Embassy of Chile.

  • Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo, Tony Fisher and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

    Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo, Tony Fisher and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

Chile Independence Day 2015

18 September 2015

Chile is a sliver of land that spreads down the west coast of South America. Within that sliver is wonders to behold from the Atacama Desert tucked under Peru to the north, along the Andes with volcanoes and the El Tatio geysers, salt lakes and the Valle de la Luna while in the southern regions magnificent wines, lakes, forests, impressive cities and on to the Chilean Patagonia, the hikers paradise.

I’d go back tomorrow and definitely to the Atacama, described as one of the most inhospitable places on earth, but definitely provides the kind of unexpected luxury and spectacular scenery to boggle your mind and your senses.

So with the recent earthquake and the Independence Day celebrations in Canberra coinciding it was a big relief to hear the impact and damage had not been as bad as expected and the million people mobilized in 15 – 20 minutes in anticipation of the tsunami were soon able to return home. Chilean guests were quick to say their family and friends were safe and let’s get on with the party and the pisco sours, empanadas and anticuchos. With some spur sporting huasos ( cowboys ) dancing up a treat with the glam ladies all ruffled up for the occasion.

Thank you,...... always a pleasure to toast with this famous drink, and yes I know it will have to be just one as the afternoon effect is better experienced by a pool with copious gallons of water to dissipate the impact and I do have to work tonight.

Australia and Chile have been connected across the Pacific trading routes for many years and we used to import their wheat. One former Chilean president, Ramon Freire was exiled here in 1837 after he tried to take back power with a coup, Chris Watson the first Labor Prime Minister of Australia was born in Valparaiso and the current president Michelle Bachelet spent time living in Australia. And with major migration after the tenure of Presidents Allende and Pinochet, Chileans make up a big part of our newer aussies, and now with new prosperity and a secure and safe Chile they -make many happy returns back and forth across the Pacific

Put Chile on your bucket list. It’s ideal for a slow pace and the pleasure of so much that is magnificent.