Thanksgiving gringo style in santiago
Thanksgiving views. Metro rides and mountains. I ate empanadas and a top for my thanksgiving dinner.
Iced nescafe is actually not a bad replacement for iced coffee, there´s a chilean version of the macy´s thanksgiving day parade today, and I walked past the ballons being blown up. we had thanksgiving and there was a thanksgiving kitten, she ate tonssssss of turkey for a tiny cat!!!
And last week I ran about 4 days out of the 7 (then promptly stopped running in time for thanksgiving) and the trees here are lovely and purple and they make the world purple for a minute. When the flowers fall, the ground becomes purple, and it takes you a minute to realize that its the flowers
Now these people besitos ;) #chile #santiago
These are some of my friends here, from left to right Karen and vivi, juan pablo is the crazy guy in the back, mira, then ayanna and kate!
my version of thanksgiving in chile today, my hair looks great (that´s all that matters right?), my microwave is broken and the turkey is cooking.
I´m very sad today. It´s thanksgiving, but I have to work all day until 8 (really isn´t that bad, I don´t work tomorrow and I didn´t really work much yesterday), but today it seems terrible.
I´m making a turkey for 12ish people tomorrow, for the first time ever in a foreign country. I think it´ll be fine. I don´t have a meat thermometer. It´s still frozen but I´m defrosting it now and I think it´ll be fine tomorrow.
I made two pies yesterday and I also want to make something else but not sure if I´ll have time.
I´m not normally homesick, there are things I wish were different here but that´s the same in the states. But today, and this week, I would give anything to be home right now. (but come back before the weekend of my birthday because it´ll be great to have a summer birthday for once).
I´m happy we´re having a turkey and pies and everything that makes thanksgiving, and I´ll be stressed like crazy too because of everything, but I miss my family and what kind of weekend this normally is - normally, everyone catches up and slows down this weekend. We sit and talk and there´s nothing besides eating and cooking that we HAVE to do. I´ll miss looking at the black friday sales flyers too, even though I never buy anything.
Today is an amazing day.
I bought this book for $8 USD on the street hoping to use it to read and practice vocab, etc.
I read 2 pages of it in the park and I CAN UNDERSTAND IT.
I can read it. I don´t know what all the words say, but I read 3 pages! Slow going but I understand it!
Pizza a la Monica with an egg, mushrooms, tomatoes, chorizo, cheese and rosemary yumm #pizza #homemade #santiago
Friday: We ate meat (a meat platter, with literally nothing else on it) at an awesome restaurant near my apartment that I will be moving into in Dec. It was wonderful, and chilean dinner so it ended at midnight.
Saturday: I taught class in the morning. I make a lot of money doing that, working on Saturdays, so I don´t necessary care that I work but it does suck to have to limit myself sometimes. I taught my kids class (I used Hello Goodbye the beatles song and they loved it!) and my adul, went home.
I´ve made a great group of friends here, extremely varied, all with different personalities and life experiences, from all over the place. I love them all but some of them haven´t met each other yet, they are all from separate ¨groups¨so to say.
A friend had a housewarming dinner party- with apps, a salad and a meal and everything! Then we came to my apartment for a ¨previa¨ or a pregame, and my worlds collided.
All (minus about 3) of my great girl friends were here. My brazilian friend who was my first friend in Chile to the girl who I met 2 weeks ago. It was wonderful. We all drank at my house for a bit then headed to a club, we have a chilean friend who herded us there, all of us linking arms because of the cold and to avoid pickpockets. And then we danced.
Sunday: Slept til 11, my friend slept on my couch and then we didn´t move til 1pm. She went home and changed for what we thought we were doing that day, but didn´t happen. I didn´t leave my apartment until 9pm to try and buy toliet paper. My friend monica came over with literally all of the ingredients to make pizza and I didn´t do anything but make some pound cake and sit on my butt and wait for her to make pizza.
(she also came with beer, a radio and chips. She was very prepared)
Best kind of sunday.
I´ve been going running recently, twice in the past week. I have plans to run again tonight. I´ve run for about 30 minutes each time and I think it starts to clear up a bit more, I may try to convince some friends to run up Cerro San Cristobal, which is a hill near here. It´d be hard but it´s pretty at the end and rewarding. But it´s all pavement!
#chillan #chile #river
This weekend was a holiday weekend in Chile, a catholic holiday on Friday and a protestant one on thursday. A friend that I had met about two months ago lives in Chillan with her boyfriend as an english teacher had a birthday this weekend so, she had invited my friend and I down to Chillan, which is about 6 hours south of Santiago by bus.
My friend had asked me about 4 days before if I wanted to go, and I was barely even aware there was a holiday but I knew I wouldn´t have work, so we decided to head down there Thursday.
Wednesday night in santiago I got together with a couple gringa (american) friends and we made pizza. I normally am the cook in my circle of friends, I cook and everyone else eats or cleans, or preps. I´m very happy to say that here, I have cooks as my friends. I started making the pizza and because I relinquished control of the assembly, the pizza just got better and better. Next time, all I´m making is the dough and providing the oven (electric, I´m pretty sure the only electric one in Santiago).
We drank way too much wine and chatted and shared and laughed enough that I had a ¨cruda¨ or a ¨resaca¨ depending on what country you´re in (hangover) the next morning. Only a little one!
We left for Chillan at around 4 and got there around 9ish. Naomi and her boyfriend picked us up as we rejoiced about being in a car for the first time for me, in 2 months, and for my friend, almost 3 months. There´s something so American about cars, and I kind of miss that freedom, but I don´t miss the traffic.
Chillan was great. We went out for halloween, which since ,we´re gringas, we dressed up - I didn´t, but that´s just me - and went out. Where there was no one dressed up, despite the waiters all being creepy dead priests and the whole bar being decorated like a halloween party. We went to a dance club too and it was tons of fun. We spent most of the next day in and out of bed, I hadn´t drank much but my friends had and everyone had some type of hangover.
We had the laziest day ever. We didn´t get up til 1, didn´t go anywhere til 4, and then we just went to a waterfall in the andes, which was gorgeous and we walked around a bit and then sat on the river above while my friend´s boyfriend fished for a bit.
The water was clear and had a blue tint to it, I think because it comes from the andes and melting snow. We sat and chatted, and times like that is when I remember exactly why I love Chile. The mountains in the background, and then driving home and seeing how on the holiday everyone was moving slowly. Everything was closed and quiet and peaceful. And we had left Santiago the same way, no one was doing anything, the whole country is at rest on holidays.
We then watched Bring it On with my friend´s chilean boyfriend in subtitles in spanish which was probably the funniest thing.
It seems there are two gears here and that´s it: high gear (for work, for parties, for cooking, for walking) and super low gear (where no one does anything and the norm is to sit and chat and take your time doing whatever it may be, coffee, or eating, or relaxing).
the next day it was back into high gear, my friend´s birthday, with about 60 kebabs (or anticucho) and a giant cake and 4 lbs of sausages. To light the fire they used a hairdryer. Don´t ask me why.
The party lasted til 4 am, and then we slept for 3 hours til 7, because our bus left at 8.
And now my hair is back to feeling bad, in the south the water is like heaven, to drink and for your skin!