Today in Chile: School, Completas & Sunshine
Another day, another set of firsts. The main items on our agenda were a visit to Joel’s school, having a Chilean lunch of completas, and getting money out to pay for our apartment on Saturday.
Joel’s School in Viña
For awhile now we’ve known Joel was going to attend St. Paul’s school while we were here. Today, we went up to register him and meet the director for a little interview. Cecile had warned us about the hill, but boy it’s a good thing we’re close, because it’s all uphill, some of it pretty steep just as advertised. After filling out the registration form we met the director of the school and one other administrator (we’re not exactly sure of his role, but in looking at the site he may be in charge of orientation for the older students).
We had a nice talk/interview with Cecile doing most of the talking, being the one who can hold her own speaking Spanish and all (I’m working on it), and they even asked Joel some questions which we helped him answer. They have a great looking and smelling kitchen, Joel will probably have better lunches than we do, and tomorrow we go back for Joel to have an orientation with all the new students. Walking back, Joel spotted this dog sticking its head out of this portal in what looks like a garage.
Almuerzo (aka, lunch)
We came back to our departmento, relaxed a little, then headed out for a traditional Chilean lunch of completas. These are basically large hot dogs in a large bun, with tomatoes, avocados (paltas in Chile, not aguacate) and traditionally lots of mayonnaise. We thought that sounded kind of gross, so we ordered ours sin mayonesa. It was good, but frankly could have used some mayonnaise. The bread was good and is the same stuff you get in the panadería. You can get a couple of loaves of fresh bread for a dollar or two, so I’m looking forward to delicious bread that I don’t have to bake while we’re down here. It’s ok though, you can get these all over, so we’ll have a chance to get it right. And the fries were really good.
On the way back we stopped in a local bank to start withdrawing money to pay the deposit on our apartment; setting up bank accounts in Chile is a bit of a pain and not worth the trouble for the amount of time we’re here. So while there are many things we can pay with a credit card, this needs to be cash. So we’ll be withdrawing our limit for a few days (thank you Schwab for your ATM fee free checking accounts) to build up enough to pay on Saturday.
Not much else to report; Joel continues to be tired though we’re getting him on an earlier sleep schedule, today was sunny and warm, and everyone around here can’t wait for the weekend to be over so the turistas go home.
More on that in another post…