Last day in Santiago
Trip Start Jun 03, 2006
14Trip End Jul 05, 2006
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Not much to report on yesterday. After class, Mohammad and I went to Club Palestino, which is a Sports Club that is somehow associated with the Palestinian community here. The club was deserted in the winter, but had a drained pool, twenty or so tennis courts and a few soccer fields (as well as a little stadium). There was also a hall for weddings and other hangings around. It was especially cool that they were flying the Palestinian flag. The one downside was that there was no one there that spoke either English or Arabic. After the Club, I came back and conked out.
Today, our second class was long awaited. It was to be our first speaker that was not crazy Pro-Free trade, as all of the others were. He was to speak to us about the perils of globalization. However, at the last minute, he canceled when he found out that we don't speak Spanish. He had shown up and everything but just left. He apparently said, "If these American kids are going to come to Chile, they should have the decency to learn the language." I am amused, slightly, but very disappointed to not get anything from that perspective.
So, we got out early and a bunch of us went down to a little open air market to get some gifts on our last day. I was able to find a couple things but not much. I'm hoping to find more in Argentina. Mohammad and I continued from there to San Cristobal, a large on the outskirts of Santiago, atop of which sits a giant Virgin Mary, overlooking the City. We took the train/tram up and visited with her. At the top, we randomly ran into Erin, who's Spanish lesson had gotten canceled. After some more visiting, we walked back down the hill into the smog-ridden city.
We were going to go back to Qatir for dinner but everyone was pooped and had to pack so a few of us just went next door to Hamoody and grabbed a bite. Now, it is getting later and I am tired.