Avocados, slang, pottery and bus fun

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

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

A couple of fun facts for the week:
* I think I am averaging about 1 avocado a day
* I think I love not having a blackberry
* I have started to make friends with a dog that lives outside my office.  I'm still staying about 4 feet away but I think he loves me. 
* Chilean terms: 
cachayi = get it?
sipo = yes, of course
palta = avocado
pololo(a) = boyfriend/girlfriend
carrete = party
que lata = what a shame
sepa moya = who knows!
tuto = sleepiness

Rich people Bazaar
This weekend Chilean Gourmet had a stand at what I like to call the "rich people bazaar".  All of the Chilean elite came out to spend lots of money on things they didn't need - so needless to say we sold a lot of products!  I have never seen so many pregnant women in my life!  It was super hot out so I think I'll sleep like a baby tonight. 

A Chilean Thanksgiving
Pearl invited me to Thanksgiving dinner at her Chilean family's house.  She spent the entire day cooking and made a huge Thanksgiving feast.  There were about 12 Chileans and us - so we explained Thanksgiving traditions in the U.S. and introduced them to sweet potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie! The dinner was fanstastic and besides speaking in Spanish, it almost felt like we were home. 

Pomaire Bus Fun Saturday we decided to take a trip outside the city to a small town called Pomaire that is known for its pottery.  The bus system (as I mentioned before) if a huge debacle and I figured something very important out - Chileans refuse to say, "I don't know."  Instead, they give you an answer even if it's completely wrong.  People were sending me in all all different directions within the bus station and after an hour someone finally told me I was was in the wrong bus station.  My friends and I missed each other, but I just went by myself.  Oh yeah, I accidentally took the bus that stops every 3 minutes.  What was supposed to be a 40 min trip took over two hours - but it was only $2 and I got to see lots of small towns!

Pomaire itself was cute and had super cheap pottery.  I had an incredible lunch called Pastel de choclo.  It's one of the typical Chilean dishes and even though it has beef in it - I had to try it.  It was soooo good.  I even bought the pans so I could try to make it at home! I made some Chilean friends waiting for the bus - they were also confused by the "system" (we were just waiting on the side of the road) so we decided to just take a local bus to the next town over and catch a ride from there.  It all worked out in the end...the joys of traveling and having no where to be at any particular time!

Argentina here we come (I think)
I think I bought my flight to Argentina this week.  I don't recommend using the Aerolinea Argentina website..in case anyone was wondering.  I have yet to receive a confirmation and they don't accept Skype calls, so we'll see if I can get on the plane next week!

As I write this there is a parade outside my house.  Lot of drums and dancing. 
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