Happy Birthday Ma!
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Happy Birthday Mamasue!
Not a whole lot to talk about, school hasnâ€™t really started full swing, but what I have seen of it sounds pretty good. We leave Friday for San Pedro de Atacama, so I will probably have more to write after that. For those who donâ€™t know, the Atacama Desert is the driest spot in the world, and I will leave more description until later.
Part of the program is our internships, and I have put my resume in for a few. Many people in our program teach English through a program called English Opens Doors, where they will be placed as teacherâ€™s helpers in public schools. That sounded like a lot of fun, but I am going to see if I can get one of a couple others first. The one that sounded most promising was the Inter-American Development Bank. My program director told me that people in the past have found their internship very boring and consisting mostly of pouring coffee, but I have heard from other people that it was rewarding and they are ended up working for them back in the States. That would definitely be up my alley, so I might just hope for the best and go with that if they will have me. I am also interested in an internship with the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, which trains their diplomatic corps. Pretty fun. Weâ€™ll see.
The average Chilean night out goes on till at least 4 in the morning. That seemed pretty extreme to me, but this weekend I was home at 4 on the dot. When my host-mother, Claudia, asked me what time I got home I told her truthfully, hoping she wouldnâ€™t think me a completely irresponsible youth. She just giggled and said â€śso early?â€ť She has since stressed that she regretted getting married so early and wants her host-girls to enjoy themselves and value their youth. It is really tragic when your middle age hostmother thinks you donâ€™t go out enough. That said, Chilean discos are an experience. Ridiculously smoky and crowded, they play a bizarre combo of old and new/ Spanish and English music. I also live within walking distance of many, so it is going to be a fun semester.
That said, I have to be across town tomorrow at 7:45 to get in line to apply for my national id card, so I am going to bed. Claudia is going to think I am such a loser. Gnight.
PS- the photo for today is the Jeep that is parked in front of school most days. Notice the sticker that says â€śGrand Funkâ€ť Pretty cool.