As I have been given the enviable task of writing about the fascinating Pre-Colombian Art Museum that we visited, I couldn't wait to get going... (tongue firmly in cheek at the moment!)
The museum was full of old-school sculptures which caught the eye and reminded us of people from home (pictures to follow soon - you can make your own judgements as to who is who). The placards are in English and Spanish and tell the stories and traditions of the pre-Colombian cultures throughout Latin America. The pieces are very well-preserved and incredibly detailed. As museums go it wasn't too bad.
But a few days earlier we (me and Lloyd - Mike's new name. Haha) visited a very different museum. If you have ever visited the science museum Techniquest back at home then you would already have felt like you had stepped foot in this Chilean equivalent. All the placards were in Español and we had a few difficulties using some of the machines!! The most embarrassing moment was when we were stood by one of the machines, both pressed the solitary button in turn and nothing happened except a noise. Then from nowhere, a kid aged about seven appeared, and picked up a kind of hoover thing (that was making the noise) and started using the machine. We did feel slightly stupid! But it was funny.
Since then we have been trying to speak a bit of Spanish and our friend Amy (now known as Emily after a clothes mix-up) has been teaching us a few words. But our Spanish is still very poor!
We are looking forward to speaking English again in New Zealand - someone even said they thought I had a Kiwi accent yesterday so maybe I have been practising without knowing - but not looking forward to the flight too much! We leave on 31st May and arrive on 2nd June. So we miss a day of life on the ground!!
But before that non-event of a day we have a few things planned. We are going to a fish market to find some tea this evening and have at least one more BBQ on the cards tomorrow.
Hope you are all well.
Chilean beer is evil.
Lots of love
James (now known as Durazno (peach in Spanish) after some poor Chilean beer drinking)