"La Isla" Olmue

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
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Trip End Mar 27, 2013


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Flag of Chile  , Valparaiso Region,
Friday, December 21, 2012

"La Isla" is the name of the section / bus stop in front of the farm house we are working at in Olmue. But don't let that name confuse you, it's a desert (think SoCal), not an island. Also, it's not even a bus stop sometimes... So as much as I can figure, it's called "the island" because you are basically stranded here at this farm house.
When we got to Olmue, our host was nowhere to be found. So we waited in his pizza shop all afternoon for the bus that comes between 6-7pm and took that, with the direction to get off at a certain point in the middle of nowhere and walk for an hour to the house. Luckily, Kendra spoke to the driver and the bus dropped us at the stop in front of the house. There we were greeted by five female volunteers and none of the host family... we didn't actually meet the host until the next morning when we said hello to us, asked two of the girls to leave, and then left us again for a couple of days.
As you might imagine, we haven't had much instruction or communication in general, and are basically running the house on our own. In the morning we get up and have some breakfast (toast or toast and oatmeal), feed the goats, horses, rabbit, dogs, chicken, and take the goats for a two hour walk to eat some more. Then we make some kind of lunch (avocado, onion, garlic, and tomato, with rice or pasta, and toast). After lunch we siesta for a couple more hours, because its too hot to do anything else, and then go to work shelling peas and beans, harvesting and cleaning garlic, or turning over his hillside and clearing the brush so it's less of a fire hazard. And then... It's time for once (tea time- also comes with toast), and then dinner.
After the second day, two of the yet girls left because they felt so uncomfortable with the lack of communication, and the fact that he had asked the other two girls to leave for no apparent reason (this is a lie, we have speculated reasons, and none faulting the girls). So, we are enjoying the scenery and animals and just trying not to over analyze our strange host. And it is really nice scenery... hills and little farms as far as you can see, a beautiful house, and amazing view of the sunset every night.
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