So What’s This About Chile?
Well I’m glad you asked. Depending on how well you know me, you may or may not know that we’re about to head down to Chile (yes, the country) to live for a few months. In fact my wife is already on her way.
No, this isn’t going to be a history lesson on Chile, that will come later.
About a year ago my wife, a professor at Bradley University, received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach for a semester in Chile. Their first (Fall) semester runs from March through July (southern hemisphere and all; if that’s unclear, you can look it up, I’ll wait). We’ll be in Viña del Mar, which is just north of Valparaiso, which was one of the most important ports in the Western Hemisphere until the Panama Canal opened. Viña is more of a tourist town, though that’s not how we’ll be living.
Cecile is going down early to find us a place to live and deal with some of the paperwork that we can’t take care of up here. Because we’ll be there longer than a three month tourist visa allows, there are several more signatures needed and we’ll be getting ID cards also. Should be fun, I’ll post pictures. Meantime, my last few weeks have been focused on both preparing to go and finishing things up here.
While preparations have been ongoing for about a year, things got serious a the first of the year, and got really real in the last few weeks. I’ve been spending a month looking at food supplies and deciding what we will and won’t be getting more of. The crunch this week is making sure we have enough peanut butter & jam to last all week for Joel’s lunches, but no extra. Should be fun. A couple of weeks ago it was looking at the yeast supply and deciding that we would not be getting another jar, we can buy our bread if we need to, and we might need one small loaf.
Saturday the cats (3 of them) were picked up and taken to their new temporary home, making the house much quieter but not as interesting. When Cecile left today the dog got fairly distressed, sleeping in his kennel all day. So while Cecile gets the warmth of the southern hemisphere but the stress of having to find us a permanent place to live, we get the comforts of home, the freezing weather, and a house to finish cleaning. I guess that’s a fair division of labor.
Peoria Tech Blog Goes to Chile
So while I’ve really just gotten started on this blog, and long term the focus will be on Peoria, technology and that sort of thing, we’ll be taking an early detour down south while we live out our latest adventure in Viña del Mar, Chile. I’ll still be able to do some of my tech work and we’ll both be providing running updates of our adventures. Check out Cecile’s blog at A Year With Two Summers and keep an eye on this blog to follow our experiences. I’ll of course continue to post on Twitter (@stevenmarx) as well.