¿Quien, Que, Cuando, Donde, Por que?

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Today I'll start off with a joke I learned from my family.  (I actually told this joke in my grammar class - we had to do it for our grammar class one day this past week.)  Don't worry, I'll tell you in English!

One day a teacher was teaching her class about the verb, to suppose (suponer).  She told her students to come up with a sentence using the verb correctly.  First, she asked a rich kid in her class named Thomas to say his sentence.  He said ~My father drove the Mercedes to work today.  I suppose that an Audi is a bad car.~  The teacher said, ~Very good, Thomas!~  Then she asked the poor kid in her class, Juanito (Johnny), to say his sentence.  He replied, ~My grandma walked across the room with a newspaper under her arm this morning, and I suppose that she was going to the bathroom because she doesn't know how to read.~

Hahahaha!  That was one of the jokes I actually understood!  Hope it at least made you smile!  Many things made me smile this past weekend.  For example, Friday (June 26), all the schools we shut down because the main water line to the city burst.  The water main was right below a very busy street, so needless to say, there was a lot of traffic.  I didn't get to the University until 45 minutes after my class was supposed to start - luckily classes had been cancelled because there was no water in the whole city.  I don't think they have a good plan for their water system when something like this happens.  I stayed at the University until 11 AM checking my email in the computer lab.  Then, I took the metro home.  There I ate lunch with Oscar (papa) and Margarita.  Oscar (hijo) came home shortly after, and I stayed in the kitchen while he ate to listen to him and his father talk about engineering.  I'm starting to understand a lot more of their slang.  (poh, carrete, hue'on, cachai, bacan, etc.)  I read some more for my classes and took a little nap until it was time to meet up with my group for Intercambio Idiomas (where a group of us American exchange students practice their Spanish and Chilean students practice their English).  Oscar drove me down to the beach to meet everyone.  From there, 5 of us (2 Chileans and 3 Americans) took a long walk along the sea.  I was beautiful as usually, and I got some great pictures too!  We walked for a couple of hours and finally found a place to sit down and eat.  I split a plate of chorillano (not sure of the spelling) with Fernanda.  It was very delicious and unique to Chile (so I've been told).

I finally returned back to the house around 10 PM and later went out with my brother, Oscar.  We went to his apartment and out dancing.  It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed getting to know everyone better (old acquaintances and new ones)!  Oscar and his friends say that I'll be a true Chilean in no time (mostly because I don't act like a preppy, party-going American)!  haha!  I do get asked what state I'm from because they can tell I'm from the US due to my blonde hair.  (I've gotten a few whistles because of my ~American hair~.)

Everyone slept most of the day on Saturday and watched the big soccer game!  Pablo really loves Everton, so he was very anger when they lost.  After thinking the whole family was going to leave to go on a boat ride along the beach, I was told differently.  I don't seem to catch on as well at night - my brain is kind of fried by the end of the day - especially after listening to them speak to each other so quickly.  Anyways, Pablo, Jenny, and I ended up going to two different houses to celebrate birthdays!  The first was to the house of Pablo's godson.  We celebrated the dad's birthday with conversation and a little roncola.  After that, we started driving to the other party when the car got a flat tire.  It was raining pretty hard by then, and Pablo was soaking wet after changing the tire.  It was actually pretty comical!  Jenny and I shared a few laughs in the process of watching him outside.  After returning to his house to change clothes, we made it to their friend's house for the birthday party.  I met many new people.  I was greeted with so many kisses on the cheek and quick conversations.  So many, that there's no way I could tell you all their names.  These friends were all around the same age as Pablo, Jenny, and I.  Margarita and Oscar (papa) came to pick me up, (I think) so Pablo didn't have to drive me all the way back home.

Today (Sunday June 28), I slept in until 11 AM as did the rest of the family.  I didn't want to get out of bed - it was so comfortable.  I had a ham and cheese sandwich with orange juice for breakfast, and then I learned how to make chorillanos.  That is what we had for lunch today.  Very good!  I also tried a fruit called pepino.  It tasted like a canteloupe (or melon) but look completely different (much smaller with purple and yellowish-greenish stripes).  Muy rico!

It's been raining off and on since last night and isn't supposed to quit until tomorrow morning.  Oscar is bringing Antonia to the house today.  Maybe she'll play the Wii with me once!  (She's so hyper but cute and shy towards me!)  Margarita and Oscar say she's very spoiled whenever she comes because they always wanted a girl and could never have one.  Pablo and Oscar say that Margarita is very excited to finally have a girl in the house with her!  Someone that likes shopping and girly things instead of only talking about soccer and parties.

Random thing for today:  I've been noticing that all of Oscar's close friends and Jenny call Margarita, Tia (which translates to Aunt).  These friends of her sons aren't afraid to share any of their secrets with her.  Oscar's friends talk about their partying and girlfriends and other things that I don't think any young person would tell their elders.  It's definitely a different culture, but I love it!


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