Wow! Today I have been in Chile for 23 days! I am finally starting to feel like a true Chilean. Although my Spanish is still very poor I feel that there are other things that are making me feel as though this is my home.
As simple as it sounds, even just the way I cross the street now, makes me feel more Chilean. When I arrived I would wait until every single car was gone from sight to cross the street (the cars never stop or so it seems. They just slow down). Now I cross when there are speeding cars coming at me, knowing they’ll slow down enough to let me cross. Or I can be caught bounding across the street when I see that there is a gap between cars.
This weekend was very busy. On Saturday my school hosted an event on a field a little bit from my house. It was a blast! All of the younger grades performed traditional Chilean dances in the traditional clothes! It was very interesting. They also had all sorts of traditional foods for sale that the parents of different grades had brought to sell to raise money for their children’s grade levels. A generous friend bought me some sopapillas, that we delicious but I didn’t eat them the traditional Chilean way (with ketchup) although I did try it.
A sopaipilla, sopapilla, sopaipa, or cachanga is a kind of fried pastry and a type of quick bread served in several regions with Spanish heritage in the Americas.
This past weekend I also went to Santiago with my host family. We were there to visit my host dad’s brother, and celebrate his birthday. We never actually went to the city part of Santiago, since they lived on the outskirts. I had a great weekend spent with my host cousins or ‘primos’ and host family. One thing I noticed was that they put a solid candle on top of the cake! I am not sure if that is custom or they just didn’t have birthday candles 🤔😂
Anyways, I’m having a great time here in Chile. I miss all of you guys back home. Shout out to my best friends Leah and Hanna who are still keeping up with me even though I am 6000 miles away!
Hey guys 👋. Tomorrow marks the 2nd week that I have been in chile! Ahhhh! That’s crazy!!!! I’ve been going to school since the 3rd day of my arrival and it’s going great. I’m going to a smaller school in the city of Talca, called Colegio San Jorge. My high school building has 4 classes! 4! For 11th and 12th grade. And 2 are scientific and 2 are humanisty! Crazy right? My class specifically (3rd medio Humanistic) has 17 kids in it! That’s tiny compared to the average class size at Snohomish of about 27 students. And another thing: we stay in the same room all day. No moving around for every class anymore. On Mondays and Fridays school goes from 8am-1pm. On Tuesdays Wednesdays and Fridays class goes from 8am-1pm then lunch for 1.5 hours then 2:30pm-5:40pm. The school day is a lot longer in chile!
In humanistic I take classes that relate to the humanities with little math and science classes. The classes I will be taking until December (that’s when our summer break starts) include: English, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Math, History, Philosophy, Art, PE, Journalistic Investigation and Religion. So far I understand not very much but I am trying and I even got a 58% on my math test (imagine trying to learn math, which is confusing enough, in another language!)
I have experienced many new things in Chile. Today I went to the Chilean Independence Day Festival. They had all sorts of crafts and Foods it was so cool! Ponchos and blankets. Handmade jewelry and toys. I even saw a handmade rocking horse. Most of the food looks phenomenal I even got to try some . I’ve had churros before but I’ve never had Chilean churros before, and let me tell you: they’re different then the ones at costco, and almost better than the ones I had in Mexico. First of all they cook the churros in these ginormous rings and then they cut off pieces about 8 inches long each. Then they sprinkle them in powdered sugar and hand you a bag full of them this is for 2 mil pesos which is about 3 US dollars (usd). This is literally the greatest deal I have ever seen!!!
The Chilean life is treating me well. Thanks for cheating up on my adventure.