Settling in to Viña, sort of
So today’s post will attempt to catch up to where we are now, after a whirlwind five or so days where it doesn’t really feel like we’ve had much of a chance to catch our breath. We’ve settled into our temporary apartment in Viña, whose only two pros are it’s location, near lots of stuff, and its size, bigger than other places we’re looking at more permanently. The downside is it’s pretty dumpy, hasn’t been well maintained over the years and doesn’t have Internet access as advertised (thank you arris54g, whoever you are, for leaving your Wifi open). But it’s fine for a week or so.
So a couple of things I forgot or left out in my rush to post while the Internet is working. Well I left out part of Joel’s birthday, which was our walk to Cecile’s former place of residence to pick up her bags. If you’ve been following her blog, you’ve read about it, and if not, well what’s wrong with you? Anyway, it’s in a very cool old building on top of a hill, and Patricio, the owner, is very nice and extremely helpful. While there we got to look around a little, enjoy the fabulous view from the patio, and drink a little Chilean wine (fabulous!).
Oh, and a couple of pictures from our apartment in Santiago.
Saturday and Wednesday are what we would call the Farmer’s Market, what Cecile & I would call the mercado, but what they call the feria (sp?). No pictures, maybe later, we were still a bit out of it and it’s pretty impressive. If you’ve been to a farmer’s market, it’s not really anything like that. If you’ve been to a market in a foreign country, it’s more like that. Again, Cecile has posted some and a picture of the entrance, so I’ll just say piles of fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh fish, yum. Stocked up on several kilos of fruit, some veggies, and a kilo of salmon (about $10 for 2+ pounds), and Cecile made us a fabulous feast last night. At some point I’m going to have to get my act together and pick up the slack, getting back to my role as house husband, but yesterday was not that day. So now we have fruit and salmon that will last at least until the next market.
Later in the day we had an appointment to see a possible apartment, so we walked over and had a look. It’s beautiful with a view of the ocean to die for, and is definitely a possibility. Afterwards we walked down to water, bought Joel some ice cream, then made our way back to our place.
Sunday we have a bit of a day off (thank goodness!). Cecile has someone coming over who wants to talk to her about getting a job teaching English in Chile.
Well she just arrived, and I am getting into the groove: I made the tea, dished out the fruit salad and started the laundry before excusing myself to the servant’s quarters :).
Other plans for today include sitting around, looking for a panadería (bakery) and maybe walking up to look at Joel’s school, although we also have an appointment for that Tuesday. Monday we have an appointment to look at an apartment that Cecile has already seen, and as of now it’s our only other option. It’s also supposed to be nice, smaller than the other place we looked at but a better location, closer to things. So we’ll see, it’s all about compromise, right?
Joel’s a real trooper, thinks everything is great and is dealing with things well. So far, aside from dragging him around a bit when he’s exhausted, it’s been like a vacation for him; he’s been getting extra time on electronic devices and extra time to read.
A Note on the Weather
While things are certainly warmer here than in Peoria, it might not be what you think. While Santiago, being more inland, gets plenty hot (remember, it’s summer down here), the climate in Viña and Valparaiso is much more like San Francisco. While our first two days here in Viña were warm and sunny, today is more typical. Woke up to a nice marine layer and 59º temps; the marine layer should burn off around mid-day and it’s supposed to get up to around 70, which would be typical for this time of year. So we’re not basking on the beach, but we’re also not shivering in our sweaters and coats.
Adíos for now.