Nothing To Report, Everything’s Fine, Things Are Still a Little Different
A Fairly Lazy Shabbat
Not much going on today, by which I mean after sleeping in (Joel until 9:00!) after watching The Hunger Games with Joel until after 9:00 last night, we had a quick breakfast and went to the feria. Bought some palta, strawberries, blueberries (which seem to be back after an absence of a couple of weeks), cilantro & squash; a light trip for us, as Joel decided his stomach was bothering him, so we headed home. This seems to happen to him when he’s bored/on the weekends and being forced to do something he doesn’t want. He calls this market the dirt market because it’s held in the dry river bed and I think he tends to get overwhelmed by the number of stalls and crowds of people. But it’s ok, just means I’ll go to the Wednesday market to restock.
Cecile got back around noon; she’s been in Santiago for a couple of days doing Fulbright stuff, and we decided to stay here so Joel could have more time at school with his friends. Haven’t been able to arrange any get togethers for him with kids outside of school, which I think would improve his mood but apparently can be even more difficult here than in the states, so we’ll see. In the afternoon Cecile went out with Joel for a walk, and I went out to replace our blender which literally just stopped working Tuesday while I was making smoothies. One second it was blending away, the next second absolutely nothing was happening. No sound, no nothing, no working. It really is just like home, where we seem to need to replace our blenders every couple of years.
Tomorrow should be more exciting. It’s supposed to be sunnier (the clouds were back today) and warmer and we’re planning on going to the botanical gardens, which are a little outside of town but supposed to be fabulous. I’ll take the good camera and hopefully have plenty to show you then.
A Few More Observations
I’m not writing these down, so I’m just giving them to you as I can remember them.
- Joel finds people here rude, but I think it’s a big city thing. People tend to not get out of your way when you’re walking and don’t say excuse me (con permiso) if they bump into you.
- Passing on the left while walking is just fine; you sort of have to see the flow and bob & weave
- People do not wait for others to get off the metro before getting on. I mean not at all.
- With temperatures in the 50s, people are bundling up in down coats and such. Not everyone, but you can definitely notice it
And now the Requisite Picture
Let me see if I can find one I haven’t shared, or at least can’t remember if I did. Ah, it looks like I never uploaded my panorama from our roof to here. I certainly thought I had, but don’t see it in my media folder. So in case I didn’t, here it is. Again, from our roof, panorama I stitched together myself. Enjoy.