Como estas. So it´s been about a week and you´ll be glad to hear that i´ve been having fun for pretty much all of it.
What have i been doing i hear you say? On Sunday me and my school chums Steph, Becky, Ingrid and Lisa went to Viña del Mar. We were hoping for a day on the beach and were all dressed for it but it turned out we left a sunny Santiago for a grey Viña del Mar. This cut our beach visit down by quite a bit and also pushed us into going to an Easter Island museum. It was good but it wan´t an afternoon sitting in the sun.
Afterwards Steph, Becky and I headed to Valparaiso, a port town in Santiago. I loved it here. It´s all set on the hillside and you get ascensors up at different areas. The houses are all different styles and colours and bizar though it may sound the grafitti round the houses makes it look really nice (see photos to understand that I´m not going mad).
We´ve been trying to fit in some sightseeing on my mornings before class. This week that included going to Santa Lucia, an old fort on a hill in the centre of Santiago and heading to the city to see the palace and some musums. All very cultural.
Also, I´ve had my first (and probably last) salsa class. OMG it was awful/hilarious/great! There were 5 guys and 20 or so girls. The teacher was quite serious. We weren´t. Caused a bit friction but that made it more fun. Salsa is so hard. There are so many arm tangling movements. I think you need a degree to understand it. Needless to say we worked up a thirst with all the dancing so we headed to the pub for food and drinks afterwards.
So that´s Santiago done but not Chile. Turns out my trip which i thought was through Peru and Bolivia finishing in Argentina actually comes back to Chile. There was me thinking the Atacama dessert was in Bolivia. My family thought this was fairly hilarious.
It´s been good. The experience of living with a Chilean family has been great and i´ve been so lucky that they are muchos lovely. Zaida had a lovely leaving dinner for me with traditional Chilean food and some Chilean wine. What more could you ask for.
Chile though i have to say hasn´t given me a great insight to the South American culture. It´s the most developed of the SA countries so maybe that´s why. We´ll see how it goes elsewhere.
Have enjoyed it though.
Next stop Ecuador where i am spending a week in Quito at another spanish school and doing anther home stay. Then I´m planning on going to the Galapagos Islands and maybe a trip to the Amazon Jungle.
Hope everyone is good.
Spk soon V xx