Sunday, April 20, 2008
So when I looked at the date of my last entry, I thought April 9th wasn't that long ago. Then I look at today's date and was shocked to see over 10 days have passed. Well I have stopped traveling for a few weeks so I feel like not much is going on but I actually do have things to share.
First off there was a student strike last week. Students strike against not going to class because the bus fare is supposed to go up. We now pay about 30 cents, and they want to raise it about 50 cents. Thats a pretty big increase, I think. I even realized that at home in north carolina, students can ride buses for free, even the one that goes from raleigh to chapel hill and durham. So I thought I didn't have classes, but then I ended up having some of them since they are full of exchange students. I don't really want to further explain because this lack of communication is just one thing that frustrates me. This is a picture of the main building of my university.
Next up we have the celebration of my host parents' wedding anniversary. They are celebrating 20 years this Wednesday. However they celebrate it a little bit differently. Every year they have a little gathering with family and friends. I went with my host parents because I wanted to meet their family and see how Chileans celebrate this event. I was good for the first hour, meeting people and listening to conversation. I want to note the previous night I had gotten about 5 hours of sleep. So I had a pisco sour and then I wanted to just go to bed. The party started at 9:30. We didn't eat dinner till midnight!!! My host mom told me the party would be over early. We didn't get home till 2:30 in the morning!! That is early for me if I was out at the bar or club but I thought that was a little late for my host parents that go to bed around midnight I believe. Anyways, everyone was really nice. Its a custom here to kiss each other on the cheek when you greet someone and its so nice because it feels so welcoming when you meet new people. So it was hard to keep up with all the different conversations in Spanish. Then people started getting a little drunk and it was even harder to understand what was going on. My host parents kept telling me they were telling jokes. Also, my host parents received presents; 2 boxes of chocolates, set of orange sheets, and a set of 4 plates. I am glad I went but if I had known what I was getting myself into, I would have probably passed.
Well I guess thats all for now...