Sorry for taking such a long blogging break. Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last blog (pictures will probably be a few more days):
On Thursday we had to go back to Católica to get our grades. My group got a great grade on our project and the professors even mentioned potentially publishing it in the university journal. It would mean a lot more work for us, but would be really great! After that, I took my final exam at IES and then we had a debriefing meeting and an appetizer-goodbye. While some people then went to see the new Harry Potter (it came out on Wednesday night in Chile), I went home to pack. Soon enough it was time to meet mom, dad, and Carley at Liguria, a Chilean restaurant, where we ate with the host family. It was really nice. Dad and Carley don’t speak much Spanish and my host family certainly does not speak any English so that was interesting.
Friday morning I finished up with the packing and then was picked up by the fam. We went back to the hotel to drop my stuff off and then lazed around for a little bit. The day was kind of rainy so we did a bus tour of Santiago but stayed in the bus the whole time because of the weather. That night we had a great dinner at an restaurant called Nolita. It was Italian, but not the pizza and pasta Italian- more like risotto and lamb chops. SO DELICIOUS. Plus they had a lot of interesting art pieces in it.
Saturday was a mess!! In fact, because it will take a little time to write up and may be slightly long, I’ll put it in another post (I know, the suspense is killing you).
Moving on to Sunday. We moved kind of slowly in the morning, but eventually made it out to Los Dominicos, an artist market that I had visited early in my trip to Chile. We didn’t get much, but I did get a painting that will hopefully adorn the wall of my apartment next year (if John and Tucker approve). Then we headed to Bellavista where we grabbed lunch before heading to Cerro San Cristobal (that mountain/hill in the center of the city). Like I said, we were moving kind of slowly, so by the time we were ready to go up it was nearing 5:00. I had really had my heart set on hiking up the cerro, since I’d already gone up the funicular, but I was concerned that if all of us walked up we wouldn’t make it in time for sunset. So mom and Carley took the funicular up, while I dragged dad up the path. Now, we moved relatively fast, and it was a little steep, but I didn’t think I set THAT fast of a pace. But my little viejito (i.e. old man) was huffing and puffing and sweating his way all the way up the hill. I forget that he’s almost 60! (And growing a beard back- not that they should affect his ability to hike). But we did make it up in 35 minutes which was not bad. After reaching the top we took some pictures and watched the sunset and then headed back to the hotel for some R&R. Carley wasn’t feeling too great so she staying in, but the ‘rents and I went to a tapas bar owned by a New Zealander (kiwi), which was perfect for a light bite.
Today (Monday) we woke up nice and early to grab breakfast at Cafe Melba (owned by the aforementioned kiwi). My omelette was great! Then we headed back to the hotel to get picked up for our bike and wine tour. It was so much fun! We picked through 3 vineyards with great views of the Andes and foothills. We got to do our first couple of wine tastings at the last vineyard with the owner who was hysterical. Then we went to a Chilean restaurant for lunch and a couple more wines. By the end we were pretty tipsy and tired. It was a full day activity, so we got back to the hotel around 7. Before we knew it, we were heading out to meet Gideon (my friend from elementary/middle school) at a vegetarian restaurant, El Huerto, which was delicious as well. Man it is so nice to have good food- Chileans are not renowned for their cooking ability, so its nice to finally be eating in some good restaurants. Haha.
I’m getting pretty tired, so I’ll fill you in about Saturday and try to post some pictures tomorrow.