La Semana Santa (Holy Week)
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March 24th, 2008 – by: jill
Hello all! I hope you had a happy Easter. Sorry I have been slow to update my blog. I have been having to work a little harder than usual in classes(something about them being in a foreign language?). I just found an english copy of a novel that I am supposed to read and write an essay on by next Tuesday, so I am pretty excited. The novel was written in the 1800s, so it isn't even an easy read in english. This past week leading up to Easter is known as La Semana Santa here, and as the majority of Chileans are Roman Catholic, it is widely recognized. Many people get Thursday and Friday off- my university shut down Thursday afternoon. A lot of people in Santiago use these holidays to travel, as did many of my friends. I stayed in the city for the weekend, though, because travel is much more expensive during this time, and I have 4-day weekends every week. So I studied spanish all day Friday. Saturday, I went with a couple friends to a region southeast of Santiago called Cajón del Maipo. It is about 1.5hr busride and lies at the foot of the Andes mountains. It has lots of outdoor activities (rafting, trekking, horseback riding) but we just spent the day walking and laying by a pool. It was nice to get out of the city for the day and breathe clean air. The air pollution in Santiago is particularly bad, due to the Andes on the east and the Costal range on the west trapping the pollution. It apparently gets worse during the winter months due to scientific reasons that I'm not going to attempt to understand. I think I'll be running on a treadmill a lot during the winter though, if it is as bad as they have been telling me it gets. Well I am off to do some of my reading! Oh, and if anyone is counting (I am), I move into my new apartment in 2 weeks!!!
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