Former President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos

In 2011 we met the former president of Chile, Ricardo Lagos on another Oceania cruise from Istanbul to Venice. His wife gave Pat her email address. When we started this cruise Pat emailed her to say we would be in their country but had not heard back until today when we were on our tour to Santiago. Pat received an email from Ricardo Lagos's assistant while on the bus. She said he could meet us after 3 PM today but because we were on the tour we would be heading back by then. He called Pat on her cell phone and talked for a few minutes and then talked with Jim and then asked to talk to our guide. The guide was so excited about talking to the President he said he was trying to keep calm. He said it was the most exciting day ever. The guide told him our schedule then he wanted to talk to Pat again. He told her he had a book for us that he had talked to Jim about the last cruise but he had a lunch with someone from Spain that he couldn't get out of and he had just gotten back from China yesterday. Our group went to a beautiful restaurant, Camino Real, on a hill with a beautiful view and we had just sat down when Ricardo Largos came and stood by our table with 3 security men. He asked us to follow him. We were shown to a room downstairs and we were given a glass of wine and we sat and talked. It was a surreal moment and one we will always remember. He gave us a signed copy of his book. When we came back to the table we felt like VIP's because the table wanted to know what had happened and the restaurant manager kept giving us more wine. Jim started calling me bulldog Pat because I had initiated the email and followed through with his assistant and we got to see him. It was a very exciting day for us.

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