Clases, Cumpleaños, y Caminatas
Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
17Trip End Jul 26, 2009
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Yesterday (Tues. June 23), I went to my first class, home for almuerzo, and then to my second class. For almuerzo (lunch), Margarita fixed a typical Chilean dish called Casuelo (I'm not sure of the spelling but that's how it sounds) con pollo (with chicken)
During the afternoon, I returned to the house with another friend, Crystal. We hung out in my room for a while, had once, and afterwards we went out for another friend's birthday. Genevieve (who's in the ISEP program from Canada) turned 20 today. Crystal, Brittany, Genevieve and I all met up in downtown Viņa del Mar and walked to a neat restaurant called Margaritai. We bought Genny a couple of drinks and had a good time talking and laughing with each other. The customers on the second floor of the restaurant were singing karoake, so we had quite a few laughs about that.
Today, (Wed. June 24), I went to class and home for almuerzo where I met another one of Oscar's friends, Mauricio
Before my second class, I stopped to talk to Fernanda (a Chilean student that is in my group - we meet once a week to hang out in order to practice our Spanish and her English). She introduced me to two other Chilenos (cute ones too!) that would be joining our group each week. On Friday we will be meeting at 4 PM to hang out. I'm not sure what we'll be doing yet. For our culture class today, our teacher took us on a walk to the feria mercado. Kind of like our farmer's market. Each of us students had to interview one of the vendors. After being turned down by 3 women vendors, a kind gentleman said that he would love to be interviewed. This man was selling every kind of vegetable imaginable and had been working there for 50 years
Today was also the day for our second Caminata de Valparaiso (City Tour). The ISEP group took a bus to Cerro Bellavista to visit the house of Pablo Neruda. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature and is highly known around the world for his poems and other writings. We only visited one of his houses, but there is another here in Chile and one in Germany as well. Unfortuneately, I wasn't allowed to take pictures inside the house, but I enjoyed every second of it. The house was four stories high. One floor was the bedroom, another was the living room and dining room, and the top was his study. All the rooms had really neat drawings, paintings, and artistic furniture that he liked to collect. He loved the sea but wanted to live on the land. He had many windows to look out at the sea and at all of the other colorful houses around him. I understand how inspiration could come to a person from living in a place such as he did
I arrived home around 7 PM. We sat down to eat and Oscar (Papa) showed me some mind games that they have. For example, draw a rectangle with only three lines. I couldn't figure out how to do it - hehe. Then he finally showed me that all I had to do was draw a rectangle (using four lines) and put three lines inside of it! Tricky, tricky. That trick was one of his easier ones, too! Margarita and I played lots of bowling, tennis, and golf on Wii Sports. (I don't think she gets how to do the golf very well - but hey, what mom does?) hehe!
Ahora, necesito leer unas cuentas para mi clase de cultura chilena maņana. (Now, I need to read some short stories for my Chilean Culture class tomorrow.) I'll write again, soon!
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