L>R: Diego's girlfriend, me, Diego's dad, Joanne
OK, so now that Iâ€™ve done a little self-reflection, and I still have somewhere around 9hours left on a bus(a comfy one though!), I figured Iâ€™d work on writing about the rest of Chile. I believe I got through Tuesday. Itâ€™s now next Tuesday, so Iâ€™d better get to work. Last Wednesday was rather uneventful. We had class from 9 to 5. Literally. It was a lot of information to absorb. At night I met up with Diego(one of Tylerâ€™s and my friends who studied abroad in ATL). It was Diego, Joanne(another friend of Diegoâ€™s on the trip), and Jennie, my roommate while in Chile and friend. It was pretty much just dinner and catching up. Then, on Thursday I had a free day, so I went to Diegoâ€™s marketing class with him! I was so excited(Iâ€™m a dork, you know).
Diego and his mom
Class was in spanish, and I actually understood a good but of it. Not to mention, Diego even thinks his teacher speaks fast! Then, at night, Joanne and I went to dinner at Diegoâ€™s with his parents, younger brother, and girlfriend. Diegoâ€™s mom, girlfriend, and brother donâ€™t speak english, so I had to speak a lot of spanish! It was a lot of practice. His dad had some interesting political views too. I enjoyed all of their company, and they were all very friendly and hospitable. I feel as though Friday should have an entry of itâ€™s own, but Iâ€™ll give you the Readerâ€™s Digest version. In the morning, we had a briefing and Q&A at the US Embassy for our Contemporary Security Issues class. In the afternoon, we did the same with a Chilean Ambassador.
diego and his girlfriend the next night
Letâ€™s see if I can sum up US-Chilean relations in three sentences. US and Chile are partners mostly economically, but also with issues such as educational initiatives and promoting democracy. Each country has its own interests at the top of the list and, therefore, they disagree on what the most important issues are. From a Chilean perspective, the main Chilean issues are energy securuty and educational initiatives which they hope will lessen the social statification here. The US mainly cares about terrorism and drug trafficking through Chile, even though it is only a transport country and doesnâ€™t impact the trade much. Okay, so it took me four, and that was very condensed. Now you are up to speed on US-Chilean relations. I studied all day for a test that was Saturday morning at 9, so that I could go hang out with Diego and his friends. Despite only having two hours of sleep, I felt well prepared for the test and think I did well. Then, on Saturday afternoon we flew back to Buenos Aires and I crashed for the night. I think itâ€™s time to continue my story in a different entry...