Airbnb listings usually provide directions, and Barbara, our hostess for this week, had provided a sheet with landmarks showing the way to her house. In addition, we had a map of the region indicating how to get from the airport in Santiago to the city of Talca. The directions looked straightforward, and the map showed that Barbara’s house was just on the outskirts of town.

Does this look like the outskirts of town, or does it look like "Go back! You are lost!"

Does this look like the outskirts of town, or does it look like “Go back! You are lost!”

This looked like a good place to turn around.

This looked like a good place to turn around.

But then, we saw a driveway....like Hansel and Gretel, the road stretched away into the woods....

But then, we saw a driveway….like Hansel and Gretel, the road stretched away into the woods….

Does this mean "Keep Out", or possibly "Come In"?

Does this mean “Keep Out”, or possibly “Come In”?

At the end of this driveway, we began to turn around–again–and saw our destination, Casa Barbara.

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A very happy ending to the day.