It’s been a long time since I’ve updated everyone on life! I’d like to say it’s cause I’ve been super busy with adventuring but that’s only partially true. I’ve been super busy with adventuring and haven’t been taking as many pictures AND I got sucked into a cheesy TV show about fairy tale people. I don’t even know. At any rate, I have a lot to talk about.
I don’t remember the exact days that things happened so I’m just gonna write somewhat non-chronologically everything that I can remember.
Okay, at the beginning of September, I watched the Emperor’s New Groove in Spanish with my host parents. They loved it!
Then like a week later I went to a club! First one ever, maybe my last. It was fun, but not really my thing cause of the sensory overload and my introverted little self. But clubbing is a huge part of Chilean culture and it was really interesting to experience it first hand.
We started at a “previa” in which you go to someone’s house before the club to drink cheap/free alcohol and socialize. I had some piscolas (Chile’s super strong national drink) and got to practice my Spanish skills with the Chileans who were there.
Then around midnight we took a bus to the club. The club was was small and dark and incredibly loud and crowded and I just told myself going in that it could either be really terrible or really fun so I just decided to not stress about personal space or trying to talk to people and just enjoy myself. So that’s what I did and it was actually a pretty good time!
I ordered another piscola and danced with my friends and watched the people (in a not creepy way haha!) I got bored around 3:30 so I found someone to walk home with at 4 and got back around 5am. Apparently, most Chileans stay out until 6 or something crazy like that.
So that was my experience of the Chilean party life!
I went to the beach with Tristan to work on homework but we ended up getting nothing done cause it was such a beautiful day! Also I really love people-watching. There was a guy on a skateboard carrying a boombox, a little dog who rolled in the mud, two brothers in identical yellow shirts riding a weird double bike through the park, and a tiny little toddler on a tiny little skateboard.
Chocolate Chip Cookies. I want them. I’m craving them. I have been all month! It’s crazy how you want something even more when you realize you can’t have it. It began with the number one most incredibly disappointing shopping trip of my entire life!
We went to Lider (Chilean Walmart) to buy ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies, only to discover after searching the entire store that chocolate chips are non-existent here. I mean, what kind of super store does not sell chocolate chips!?!? So we changed our menu to no-bakes and nachos. So we got the ingredients for no-bakes and went in search of cheddar cheese for the nachos. But Lider also does not sell cheddar cheese! Seriously. two letdowns so far. THEN there was a mix up and we all left to get different things and no one stayed with the cart. When we came back … THE CART WAS GONE! And the store was closing. We all wanted to cry.
So we spent 2 hours in the store to get chocolate chip cookies, changed our menu, and left with ice cream, crappy empenadas, a jug of water, and our cold and empty hearts. At any rate, I still want chocolate chip cookies.
I started working out this month because I bought a ticket to Patagonia and I want to be in shape for the four days of backpacking through Los Torres del Paine park. The college has free workout classes that you can sign up for so I went to some body combat classes which is basically coordinating kickboxing the air. I also went to a trekking class and it was death. I died. It’s freakin intense.
I’m in the chorus at the university. And a few weeks ago we had a performance. It was interesting cause I didn’t know the songs very well and it was really chill and not at all what I expect from a chorus performance. But it was fun so whatever.
The next day Rossy came into my room and said “¿lista?”, which means “ready?” and I was like, “Ready for what???” Story of my life. At any rate, she said we were having “onces” (which is like a small snack of tea and sandwiches and a pastry) at the family restaurant. So I went with them.
It turns out it was Rossy’s birthday party! Most of their extended family was there and the food was really yummy but they talked for forever. You know how when adults get together they talk about people and things that you don’t know or care about so it’s really boring? Well it was that, but in Spanish. So I tuned out and read Sherlock Holmes on my iPod. Finally, several hours later, people started leaving so I walked back home. It was fun but unexpected and too long.
Apparently, my host family has a bird! The other day I was eating my lunch and noticed that the window was open. And through the window I saw a bird cage with a little blue and green parakeet inside. I walked over to look at it and noticed that it was acting stressed and panting. It had water, but I realized it was in the direct sunlight so it must be hot. I placed a blanked over half of the cage and it instantly went into the shade and spread out it’s wings like birds do when they’re trying to cool off. Poor thing! A little bit later it started singing and I realized that I’ve heard it all along but didn’t realize it was a pet bird singing! haha.
Okay so that brings us somewhat up to date. I still have to blog about this weekend (Chile’s independence week) but I have pictures for that so I’ll make it a separate post. Stay tuned!