Santiago work week

Trip Start Nov 13, 2008
Trip End Feb 11, 2009

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

So this week I started my actual job here in Santiago - it is wonderful!  Every day is a new adventure so I thought I'd try to capture the highlights.  There's a great running trail a block from my place so I've been getting out to enjoy the beautiful weather (75 to 80 degrees every day with a light breeze). Unfortunately I saw three dead dogs this week.  It breaks my heart and my new plan is to find a dog friend and feed him.  He will wait for me every morning and walk with me to to the metro.  I will start this new initiative next week. This week was entrepreneurship week so Endeavor hosted a huge event called "Elevatusideas" - it was so inspiring!  All the entrepreneurs told their stories in front of about 3,000 people.  My entrepreneur, Paulina, gave a talk about starting Chilean gourmet.
I'm getting used to the metro system here - but figured out that I should stay away from buses!  The bus system here is completely messed up and people end up waiting hours for's crazy.  They just tried to implement the same system Bogota had, but it didn't work out so well here. 

Friday night I went out to dinner with the Endeavor group.  We went to a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant called Etniko - it was delicious! Our crew consisted mostly of Endeavor folks from Portugual, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  We went to a couple of bars afterwards to include a small salsa bar with my new friend Jennifer seen dancing in this picture.

La maquina comio mi tarjeta
Saturday I had the pleasure of getting my check card eaten.  Luckily, I had just taken out money so I'm hoping I'll survive until a new card arrives.  The joys of international travel!

Santiago 10K
I made an American friend in my building who is also a runner.  She told me about the Santiago 10K today.  Registration was closed (10,000 participants!) but we decided we would go run it anyway.  We were some of the few people not wearing the bright red Nike tshirts for the race, but we had no problems getting into the race.  The first 5K was a bit challenging because it was HOT and the sun was beaming directly on us with no shade.  Around 3K I almost stepped on a dead dog and nearly threw up.  The last 5K was good, but I was unable to finagle a metal. 

Post Race brunch
Carey, her fiance Trevor, and a few others came back to our building for a postrace brunch.  We stuffed our faces and then headed up to our roof to hang out by the pool.  I put on SPF 45, but I still think I got burned!  They want to go for burritos tonight to watch the Giants game, so I may join them.  Back to work manana!
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