29 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'chile':

Day 19: 28 June 2002 - "Mousey Tongue, Prince of Tuna"

We went to Alex's aunt and uncle's house today. It is Alex's father's oldest sister and he is 5th of 13, so there is quite a large age gap between the cousins in the family. I met tía Tina's oldest daughter, Alex's cousin, who was showing us pictures of her grandchildren. On the other end, Alex also has first cousins that are around five! Alex goes to his aunt and uncle's house every Saturday to talk about Big Important Issues and How They Will Change The World. It's a very lofty ambition and I quite enjoyed it, because the language...

srah - Friday, 28 June 2002 - 8:40 AM
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Day 18: 27 June 2002 - "What if it were ours?" "What if it were ours?" "What if it were ours?" "The TV." "You're always watching Japanese animation."

Just before lunchtime, we had a small tremor that shook some of the furniture. Later in the day there was a rather bigger one and I, stupid Michigander that I am, thought everyone was going to the door to see if the garden wall was going to fall down. I know I'd heard something about standing in doorways during earthquakes, but I hadn't considered the possibility of the ceiling collapsing, so I thought an interior doorway would do just as well. Anyway, the tremors didn't get any worse, the garden wall didn't fall down, and everyone was fine. At lunchtime,...

srah - Thursday, 27 June 2002 - 1:23 PM
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Day 17: 26 June 2002 - "I think Waldo is claustrophobic and drowning."

We had planned to visit Pato's aunt and uncle, but he couldn't find his wallet so we couldn't go anywhere. Finally, we discovered that it had been left in the car we'd borrowed on Monday, but it was too late to go anywhere. Instead I typed my blog and we watched TV and played video games. I played a truly bad game of Super Mario 64, where during Every Single Level, I would throw the controller at Pato and let him take over after I gave myself two tries not to walk off the edge of a cliff. For tea,...

srah - Wednesday, 26 June 2002 - 9:47 PM
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Day 16: 25 June 2002 - "The greatest love story ever told... between Jean-Claude Van Damme and his Uzi X32 machine gun."

We had soup for lunch, which was very nice for me, with my little cold. The best part was taking some ají, a spicy mixture of diced tomatoes and onions, on my spoon and mixing it with the broth. I had a lot of sinus pressure and the best cure for that is something spicy that makes your nose run. Ew. Probably more information than you needed. Anyway, I love soup. It ranks up there with french fries and empanadas. Soup helped to clear me up, but I wanted to kill the cold for once and for all, so we...

srah - Tuesday, 25 June 2002 - 9:46 PM
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Day 15: 24 June 2002 - "You have to visit all my b**ches."

After going to sleep late, we slept in. I woke up around 8am with my sore throat worse, went back to sleep, and it was much better by the time I reawoke and ate Chocapic. Today was the day for a big driving trip. We borrowed a car from a friend of the family, picked up Pato's maternal grandmother, and took her with us on our adventure. The trip from our house to Pato's grandma's was the most exciting leg, because it was Pato's first driving experience in 9 months. That's always exciting... lots of engine revving and sudden bursts...

srah - Monday, 24 June 2002 - 9:46 PM
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Day 14: 23 June 2002 - "Everybody's a winner. It's just like Chuck E. Cheese's."

We arrived at La Serena between one and two in the morning. I could hear the ocean, but I couldn't see it. We took a taxi to where we were staying, a place with vacation cabins (which were not very much in demand during the winter!) where the family always stays in La Serena. To get in, you had to go up the stairs, onto the deck (which was on stilts above the ground) and in through the second floor. Pato remarked that he hoped we didn't have an earthquake that knocked the deck down. We dropped our stuff off,...

srah - Sunday, 23 June 2002 - 9:46 PM
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Day 13: 22 June 2002 - "That mountain was looking at me funny. Could your dog eat that mountain?"

Pato was thirsty and grumpy because they didn't give us anything to drink in the bus, whereas going to Copiapó we had been given pop with dinner and tea with breakfast. Booo. I myself was having problems with ear pressure, which I figured had something to do with the bus. I hoped it would go away... When we arrived at the bus station in Santiago, we went to the public restroom. Tía Amada paid the attendant and he gave us three tokens. We had to put the tokens into turnstiles to get into the restroom. This wasn't at all strange...

srah - Saturday, 22 June 2002 - 9:45 PM
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Day 12: 21 June 2002 - "What says the voices in the sky?"

We started off the day with heaping bowls of Chocapic, just the way a day should begin. Mine were plain, in cold milk, like a normal Unitedstatesian. Pato's were in warm milk with sugar poured over the top, like Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes. Gotta find that cartoon... Pato, tía Amada and I would be going south that evening, to pick up the car. Apparently it was a problem with the clutch and not the brakes, as I had previously believed. Anyway, the car was in Rancagua and it was time to go pick it up. The idea was that...

srah - Friday, 21 June 2002 - 10:43 PM
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Day 11: 20 June 2002 - "I want to be a beautiful man or woman."

We did nothing all day. We were flojos, lazy. Heh heh, good for us. I did get some blog-typing in, which is always productive, because we have to keep the folks back home apprised of our situation. We are talking like Queen Victoria now, which always worries our boyfriend. Ha ha. We also watched The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc which confused me because I wasn't sure what I was supposed to think of Joan or what I did think of her by the end. I've always thought she was supposed to be a hero or at least...

srah - Thursday, 20 June 2002 - 10:13 PM
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Day 10: 19 June 2002 - "Captain Booger"

Chileans eat a lot of beef. I can't remember now exactly what caused me to write it down in my wee notebook. I carry the notebook around to jot down notes about experiences and things I see in Chile so that I can remember to blog about them, and I have written down "lots of beef". Which is true. For a while, it seemed like we were eating beef at every single meal. Now it's not quite so much, but it's certainly more than I've been used to in the US or France. Must be the bad Argentinian economy -...

srah - Wednesday, 19 June 2002 - 10:11 PM
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Day 9: 18 June 2002 - "Overspecialization leads to death."

So says the main character in Ghost in the Shell. I like to think that that's what Liberal Arts is all about. End rant. I woke up a little before ten in the morning and lazed around for a bit. After a while, I realized a soft vibration and couldn't figure out why the bed was jiggling. Then I heard something else rattling in the house. Voices called from the other end of the house. "Do you feel that?" Pato asked. Then I realized that it was one of the seismic tremors Pato had told me about. They happen quite...

srah - Tuesday, 18 June 2002 - 10:11 PM
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Day 8: 17 June 2002 - "Better than Double-Soup Tuesday"

We woke up and met Pato's nanny, Rubet, who made us breakfast. We took showers, got dressed, and left the house. Pato hailed a collectivo which is an interesting system of taxis. They're more like a bus, in that they have a fixed rate for all rides (about 35 cents) and a route to follow. But you can hail them as they drive by, like you would a taxi, and they are just regular cars with a sign on top showing which line they belong to. We took the collectivo downtown where we tried to find Pato's friend Rodrigo. It...

srah - Monday, 17 June 2002 - 8:50 PM
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Day 7: 16 June 2002 - "Shower make srah happy."

Some time during the night, I woke up and had to go to the bathroom. I crawled over the sleeping Pato and made my way to the back of the bus. I couldn't get the door open and assumed someone was in there, so I came back to my seat and woke Pato up in the process. I told him and he came back with me and opened the door easily. Brat. It was rather scary and I had to go get a pack of tissues because there was no toilet paper. But... I've seen worse. I went back to...

srah - Sunday, 16 June 2002 - 8:49 PM
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Day 6: 15 June 2002 - "Read to me Naked."

Having been up until 4am the night before, we naturally spent the morning lazing around in bed again. When we finally got up, there wasn't really time for showers, because we had to get our things together for the trip to Copiapó. Apparently the brake problem couldn't be fixed in time, so we would be going north by salon cama bus. Pato very kindly remarked, at some point, that with my dirty, smoke-filled, scraggly hair, I looked like el Rey León, the Lion King. I scraped my hair up into a ponytail and continued with the day. Pato had his...

srah - Saturday, 15 June 2002 - 8:46 PM
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Day 5: 14 June 2002 - "Worshipping the estufa"

I shared a bed with Pato and Tamara that night and when we woke up in the morning, we huddled together, refusing to leave the bed. Most Chilean houses, at least those north of Region X, don't have central heating. Instead they have a collection of estufas (space heaters), which they move around the house wherever the family goes. The lack of central heating may be the reason that most Chileans have televisions in the bedrooms rather than in a communal family room. This way, they can spend their cold winter evenings curled up in bed, watching TV. Rancagua, although...

srah - Friday, 14 June 2002 - 8:43 PM
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Day 4: 13 June 2002 - "Spongebob Squarepants is a bisexual."

Thursday morning, Pato and I got up and lazed around a bit. We had breakfast and listened to CDs, including Jillian's, so "Stain of Blue" was stuck in our head for much of the morning. Then we went out driving through Santiago and took Myriam and Ismael's daughter, María Eliana, on some errands at the Universidad de Santiago. A couple of things that struck me while we were driving around were a bus driving by with a Confederate flag in the window (sorry, no, a bus didn't literally strike me - sorry for any confusion) and the street vendors. Pato...

srah - Thursday, 13 June 2002 - 11:40 PM
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Day 3: 12 June 2002 - "Santiago Lluvioso!"

It was originally "(val)Paraiso lluvioso" but I haven't been to Valparaiso, so we have to make do, don't we? As we prepared to land in Santiago, the crew (who this time, thankfully, did bilingual announcements) said something about turning off "aparatos electrónicos" (electronic devices), which I heard as "zapatos electrónicos" (electronic shoes). The idea of Chileans having electronic shoes amused me no end. We landed, I paid my American Tax and handed in all of the little customs/immigration forms I'd filled out on the plane, we found our luggage (which, as it turned out, had gone to Santiago rather than...

srah - Wednesday, 12 June 2002 - 11:39 PM
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Day 2: 11 June 2002 - "I am not a possessed Ewok."

Somehow we got onto the subject of the Simpsons episode where Bart calls Australia to see if the toilets drain the opposite way in the southern hemisphere than in the northern. "Darn," I said, "I meant to check that before I left home." Alex very cleverly pointed out that the toilets drain the same way in Chicago as they do in Michigan. Hmph. Well, if things had gone according to schedule, we would have been in Santiago by then and it would have been too late. But, for the record, North American toilets seem to flush counter-clockwise. We'll test South...

srah - Tuesday, 11 June 2002 - 8:17 PM
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Day 1: 10 June 2002 - "I think it was called... 'The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down'."

After Becky's graduation party the day before, I finally had space to myself for packing. I require an insane amount of space for packing, because everything has to be set down and sorted out in piles before it can actually go into the suitcase. But Alex helped me and I managed to get most of my stuff packed before the day of our departure. My family took me to the airport and I insisted on carrying all of my bags myself, because I had packed all of that stuff and I was going to be strong and put up with...

srah - Monday, 10 June 2002 - 8:10 PM
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Hello Goodbye

Hopefully I'll have the chance to stop in a few times while I'm in Chile, but I guess this is probably my last post before I leave. Have fun without me and I'm sure I'll be full of stories when I get back... full of me accidentally saying really stupid things in Spanish and getting lost. Bye bye for now......

srah - Monday, 10 June 2002 - 12:07 PM
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Winter is on its way

The "low" today in Santiago is 38 degrees fahrenheit. Brrrrrrr....

srah - Wednesday, 5 June 2002 - 12:15 PM
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Oh my god

One week to Chile. One week to Chile. I have to go shopping. I hate shopping. I have to pack. Oh my god....

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 1:34 PM
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How do you say "Down Under" in Spanish?

The question you're all asking yourselves: How many days is it now until srah goes to Chile? The answer is: 26, I believe. And I know you'll be disappointed, but you're not getting a countdown. I don't have any memories yet. Heh. It will be my first time in the southern hemisphere. It will be the beginning of winter down there. I'm trying to remember, but I can't quite get my mind around it. I will meet lots of people and try to speak Spanish to them and convince them that I am not a total moron and that I...

srah - Wednesday, 15 May 2002 - 12:04 PM
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We loooove our prezzzzident

The Place: Senior horse-meat fest end of the year dinner at Bellemont Manor Conversation with the college president (right after his wife had praised Jillian's Senior Art Show painting, which was actually one done by Sabrine Friedline): (Jillian is talking about how she's going to come back next semester to get a BFA) PTM: So, you'll always have somewhere to stay if you come back next year. Jillian: Yeah, unless she's in France. PTM: So, are you and this young man serious? srah: (Having expected him to say "So, are you going to France next year, then?" or at least...

srah - Wednesday, 1 May 2002 - 8:32 PM
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There was a 6.6 earthquake yesterday afternoon in Chile, felt from Antofagasta to Rancagua. No one was killed, but Alex's home town, Copiapó, was the hardest hit. All of the windows in downtown Copiapó were broken and a few people were injured and the rest pretty shaken up. He says it's normal to have little tremors there daily. I can't imagine....

srah - Friday, 19 April 2002 - 8:12 AM
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Olympic Update

The women's Super-G results aren't online yet, but judging from the men's results, Chileans are better downhill skiers than biathletes. Duncan Grob seems to have been the only of the three Chileans to finish, but came in 33rd out of 58 in the Super-G this morning at+8.77....

srah - Saturday, 16 February 2002 - 4:15 PM
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Olympic Update

*sad face* Chile's latest biathlon results: Carlos Varas was 86/87 in the men's 10km sprint yesterday and Claudia Barrenechea was 74/74 in women's 7.5 km sprint. Better luck this weekend (both biathlon AND Super-G!) France is stuck at three medals for the moment (7th), but more happily, the US has been passed by both Germany and Norway....

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 3:55 PM
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Late night chez srah!

Late night chez srah! Alex and I are doing all of the work we (read: I) put off all weekend. "Chile es un país de variedades. Es largo, angosto y se tiende de encima del Tropico de Capricornio a la región antártica." My hedgehog-of-a-roommate is evidently not sleepy either, and is burning the Amélie soundtrack and trying to stump the new version of WinAmp....

srah - Monday, 3 December 2001 - 1:59 AM
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Can you imagine a country

Can you imagine a country where penguins just roam about in the wild? Neither can I, but apparently they do so in Chile. It makes my imagination boggle, if an imagination can be boggled. I wonder if they have little "Penguin Crossing" signs. I suppose they have to stay near the water. I don't actually know anything about penguins, except that they have cute little flippers. My specialty is the giraffe, which is 6 feet tall at birth, has no vocal cords, and has the largest heart of any mammal (so as to pump blood all the way up its...

srah - Sunday, 11 November 2001 - 1:37 PM

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