Ok so… I have no idea how to put the last week and a half into a post. But I’ll try!
My family here is awesome. Good Food, fun times, crazy dog, weird discussions. We had an entire discussion around the different uses of the “F” bomb. My host dad is very interested in everything related to the good ol’ MERICA. But i eat soooo much. So much bread. Every day.
I go to a building cleverly labeled “Casa SIT.” But there will be a new Casa SIT starting next week because they just acquired a newer building. It’s still on the metro route, just in Valparaiso, not Recreo.
Which leads me to the metro. I LOVE the metro. it’s so easy, and new to the city (2005 mas o menos) and is clean and calm and fast. i love the metro. i take it practically everywhere and use a collectivo at nights to get back home. Micros are more tough to navigate.
We went to the dunes in Concon a few days ago. I swear, if i could just stay there forever i would. THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL. (pics on facebook, as usual)
Then we went to the restaurant that my host brother works at and had some super legit empenadas. they were delicious.
My Spanish is getting better, i can get by pretty well. I think i just need some review in grammar and vocabulary. Its tough.
And i just wrote an essay for class that was OK…
We’ve gone in a lot of ascensors, or basically elevators on the sides of hills, like you see in the movies. I have taken so many kick butt pictures. (FB)
And because this is a super liberal program, we are being heavily immersed in everything related to their culture. Yesterday, we went to a fishing port and had to talk to random people and fisherman about their lives and work and the problems they face with commercial fishing and fish shortages. It was muy interesante.
Now i have a six day weekend because of the patria. It’s like their equivalent of fourth of July. Mucho carete (parties, like fiestas)
Oh and two days ago there were protests because of the September 11 remembrance of the dictatorship. (Pinochet) My family talked a lot about them, and i wanted to go to the marches, but i didn’t. I wrote my essay instead. There will be more protests to see here coming up, i’m sure. And one got really violent in Santiago and a police officer was killed. Crazy stuff.
I miss my family, friends, and girlfriend. But i love it here. Nervous for my independent study project. But its great. Me encanta Chile.