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Trip Start Jun 03, 2006
Trip End Jul 05, 2006

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

I haven't had time to update this in a while and I also haven't been able to report to my personal travel log. We have a lot of reading to get through, to the point that it's pretty much impossible to keep up. I'm also trying to hang out and actually see some of this city that is named for my namesake. Uh, so these are some random events. This shall probably be disjointed.

My Roommate Bernardo:
Bernardo is a fellow WCL student that I had not met at school because he is an evening student. However, we are roommates down here and I am very happy for that. Though I probably would have never gotten to know him, he is a great guy and we often end up getting little work done at our place as we just end up chatting. He's also been great about organizing this weekend's trip for everyone here and being everyone's translator. I've been trying to help him out and I will this weekend. Bernardo also informed me that the name James in Spanish is Diego. Thus, San Diego is named for Saint James, as is Santiago, and myself.

Mohammad is already a lawyer in Palestine and is an LLM student (masters of law, post-law school) at WCL. I am also glad to have had the chance to get to know him here. He is great and is encouraging me to practice the tiny amount of arabic that I know. We almost got into a fight last night over who was to pay for dinner, however.

George goes to Santa Clara Law School. He is supposed to be rooming with us but he actually lives here with his girlfriend when not in school, so he stays downtown. Yesterday, he invited a small group of us to his place after class to help eat his leftover soup. He also made us an avocado slosh to go with bread. Avocado (Palta) is plentiful here and there are many varieties. I have since gotten three different kinds to try out.

After lunch at George's, Mohammad, Erin, and I continued on to the main museum of Santiago, Museo de Bella Artes. It was pretty good and the perfect size. I was ready to go after we'd seen everything but there was enough to see to be satisfied. Mohammad and I started out by taking pictures but were quickly told not to. Later, I decided to get a couple of shots of Mohammad and Erin appreciating the arts when no one was around. Even though I quickly put the camera away, a man walked into the room and straight up to me and said, "Weren't you told not to take pictures?" I said, "okay" and he left.

Fruit Stand:
After walking home from a sandwich shop the other night, we saw a fruit stand on the street. I like fruits, so we stopped and I got some apples and grapes and zucchinis. I am learning some numbers and was able to pay, but not before the shopkeep tried to convince me to buy a razor. He thought he was funny.

My other roommate Jabari:
Jabari is still a little kid. He's somewhere around 23 but he's still young. The other day, we had a discussion with him where he implied that he would never assume to impose his beliefs on another person or country and that it is wrong to militarily enter a country and force change. He followed this statement by announcing that he supports the Iraq war. When I pointed out that this was hypocritical, he replied "yeah." He continued making ridiculous statements, including that he has no problem with child molestation and could not say that it was wrong. It was funny.

Fancy Pants lunch:
The program took us all out to a fancy lunch with local practitioners. Our table had four total, but three refused to talk to any students. Luckily, I was next to the nice one and we chatted about lots of stuff, except for law. That was refreshing. The meal consisted of a huge, raw steak; french fries; and a tiny salad. I like french fries (papas fritas).

This weekend:
This weekend, a group of twelve of us are renting a car and heading to the hills (actually, the Andes). We are going to try to find some hot springs (closest thing to a hot tub I could find, Bruneau) and some vinyards. It should be fun. I'll take the camera.

King Kong:
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hacelle on

your roommates sounds interesting.....sounds like it's awesome over there....

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