Today I had the pleasure of meeting Peter, a 20 year old California boy who has been in Chile for a little over 50 days. He is doing the outdoor mountaineering course offered by NOLS, which leads different courses on trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, and all other outdoorsy stuff. They will go out into the wilderness for different lengths of time to train and Peter has been out doing that for the last 45 days. He had stayed at our hostel when he first got to the region and had come back because he loved our hostel. He originally came in just to use our corkscrew to open a bottle of wine and was drawn in to stay with us for the night. Haha
He showed me a ton of pictures from his trip and it looked absolutely amazing. They learned all sorts of things about mountaineering and surviving in the extreme Patagonian wilderness. They even learned how to raise dough in their sleeping bags! They must be quite the cooks now, having to come up with crazy new recipes so they don't have to eat the same stuff everyday with their small rations... He also was the camp's personally designated massage giver, to which he claims he has "magic hands" and wishes to introduce himself from here on out as "hola, mi nombre es Peter, tengo manos mágicas". Hahaha
I showed him some pictures from my trip and from the circus and he stopped me at one pic of some firefighters training at a place that we had went by on a train run --- it was where he did his firefighting training! He could point out exact areas of where he did certain drills. Small world!
In the evening I took him into town and showed him where the mate tea shop was. (They drank the stuff like it was crack on the mountain!). We walked around town and told each other embarrassing stories. We stopped for some tiramisu and some wine (he hadn't had anything to drink since before he left for the mountain. Haha) and by the end of dessert we established he will be the godfather of my first born child. Hahaha The best part of my job is stumbling into awesome people.. You never know what kind of guests we will get and it is really awesome when they are someone you have an instant friendship with!
We stopped by the grocery store on the way back so he could get some much-anticipated cheese for his hitchhiking trip north. We went back to the hostel and had some dinner which afterwards he passed out on the couch in the commmon room that was made out of a repurposed bathtub. I guess he slept their until 5am and then finally enjoyed a few hours in a real bed. I stayed up late too, until four, watching YouTube videos and talking to Felipe. :-)