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February 21st, 2008 – by: jill
All of my classmates and I had a huge asado(basically a get together where you grill out) last Friday. There was a lot of good food and it was nice to get to know my classmates better. Then, we headed out to a discoteca(dance club) and danced to 5am. We spent all day Saturday trying to book a hostel for Valparaíso(Valpo for short). Finally, around 4, we managed to find a hostel with room for all of us gringos. We caught a bus and were there before 7! 8 of us wandered around Valpo for a while and sat in a little cafe up on the hills, then the whole group went out for dinner--mexican of all foods. Then a few of us went out to find another discoteca! We were out until 5 again! The rest of the group said they would be getting up at 9 or so for breakfast, so I got up at 7:30 to get my run in(with only 2 1/2hrs of sleep) and then noone else got up til 11! Such is life.
Classes have been going really well. I didn't realize how much Spanish I don't know!!! My family is a big help with my spanish as well. My doorman has even told me that I am much better at it already(that's a good sign!). We are learning so much grammar that I thought I already knew well, but apparently didn't. Other than class, I have been really getting along with my group of friends(mainly Australians). I just might come home with an Australian accent if I keep this up! I am sure you guys will hear all about the people I am hanging out with in due time.
We had another asado last night for 4 girls' birthdays: Claire, Grace, Kathleen, and Marie. I am closest friends with Claire and Grace of the 4. It was on the rooftop of the one girl's apartment building, so a pretty good view, especially for last night's lunar eclipse! We also had some mixing with Chileans last night, which is always good for practicing spanish and learning culture. I managed to stay up til 5 again dancing! I also got up 3 1/2 hours later this time to run, and got one of my best runs since getting back into shape in(4.5miles at 7:30min/mile!). I am really enjoying myself here(maybe a little too much???) and hopefully I am learning just as much!
I'll try to be more consistent in the future, but for now, I am going to sleep!
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