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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Top 10 things I loved about Santiago, Chile

1. Guacamole for breakfast - Yes, I ate it every morning and would do it again tomorrow if someone made it for me.

2. Spring skiing in the Andes Mountains - We enjoyed one perfect day at Valle Nevado Resort that was totally worth enduring 61 switchback turns to reach the base at 10,000 feet.

3. Après-ski toast to my 40-something husband who "wowed" us with a classic "back scratcher" - Of course we took video. At middle age, it's important to prove you've still got it.

4. Chilean wine - We signed up for the half-day tour at Concha Y Toro Winery. With over a century of fine wine making, this family run winery was informative and the tastings were plentiful. We would have liked more time in the gift shop, but tour guides are funny about leaving people behind...

5. Palm trees, pine trees and cactus growing side by side

6. Santiago's Los Dominicos Artist Market - nearly a hundred high-end (some cheesy souvenirs, too) creations of copper, wood, sheep's wool, Alpaca, Lapis lazuli semi-precious stones and more. Parrots sang from the tree tops while we strolled the market sipping cafe con leche.

7. View of the snow-capped Andes mountains from our room - you just can't beat a breathtaking view first thing in the morning.

8. Listening to the fast-paced song of the South American Spanish language

9. Empanadas - and the spicy tomato-onion-cilantro-cumin tapenade served with it.

10. Walking hand in hand with my husband around Santiago - the real reason a girl takes two red eye flights in three days...

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