Here comes the diarrhea!!

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

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Monday, June 12, 2006

I don't really have diarrhea but I might soon, on account of I ate this scallop today that was raw. I should mention that we were told to avoid doing this. It's okay, though, because Mohammad and Chelsea followed suit when I told them that it was good. Please refer to pictures to see the scallop what will give the dysentary. Please note, the attached slug, which we usually do not eat in the Estados Unitos, was also eaten by me.

This weekend, we rented a van with twelve seats. On Saturday, 11 people piled in and we drove into the Andes, which some say are a southern extension of the Rockies. By the way, there are not soysauge dogs. You've got your tofu pup, your smart dogs, your notbrauts (or notwurst) and your soyrizo [this is for Andrew, who does not read this blog]. Anyway, the organizers were adamant about meeting at 8 o'clock in the morning. So, my friend Erin and I were both ready and waiting at 8 o'clock. However, the organizers were the last to arrive at 9:30am, one insisting that her nausea was not affiliated with the previous night's debauchery. However, she later admitted to going out "a little" after vomiting on the side of the road. This was funny because she only threw up after the person next to her gave an extensive description of watching a TV show about a cheese with maggots in it. This was the fourth time I'd heard that story.

So, eventually, we made it out of Santiago. We first went to a tiny town called San Jose de Maipo. There, we stood in the city square for about one hour or more. Somebody bought a hat. I think a few of us went to the bathroom, as one guy had to pee every 15 minutes. That town also had many dogs. These dogs were awesome because they liked to chase cars in packs. One of them got in front of a moving car and actually bit the front bumper. You hear that? How many bumpers of moving cars have you bitten? I thought so. That's right, that dog is way tougher than you, Andrew.

From this town, we drove into the mountains (but not very far) to La Cascadia de las Animas. I really wanted to kayak down the river but no one else would because it was very cold. They had all rejected my motorcycle idea also, hence the van. So, we all just hiked up to a waterfall, which was pretty great. Check out it's magnificence in the picture section.

After the waterfall, we went to a small resaurant in the quaint little town of some town. It was pretty cool and Mohammad was excited that there was a TV with the Futbol game on. I had the salmon; it was good. After dinner, some chump waited for Mohammad to leave the table to say something to the effect of "Palestinians are dumb and crazy." This was funny because everyone at the table knew that I was Palestinian except for this chump and the general consensus was that he looked like an idiot. My friends were pretty good at pointing out his dumbassery to his face. I laughed at that too. Then, we drove home.

Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!!
Last night, the plan was for the organizers to let us know what time to meet and what the plan would be. However, I never got the memo. So, I woke up at 8 only to find out that we were supposed to meet at 10. Of course, this meant that the most people showed up around 10:30. The plan was to make it to a small vineyard south of Santiago by noon for a reserved tour and then continue to Isla Negra (Pablo Neruda's house). When we asked about whether we would have enough time to do both, we were assured that a vineyard visit should not last for more than an hour.

The vineyard was awesome. We got a tour, saw some stuff, learned about winemakeing, ate some grapes of the vine (which were fertilizer we found out), and then ate lunch. The lunch was approx. 2.5 hours. So much for the timing. The lunch was delicious. I had some crab soaked in butter and an appetizer consisting of ceviche, shrimp and the aforementioned scallops. Omp!!!

After lunch, it was about 4:30. The others wanted to continue to Pablo Neruda's house. I made the suggestion, however, that we find a payphone and call ahead to make sure they were still open. Everyone seemed annoyed at this suggestion, but they complied. Upon calling, Bernardo was informed that they are closed for the entire season. hooray! So, we didn't go. Then, the group decided that they wanted to go to a town that has nothing to see (according lonely planet) and that we will be going to in a week. My friend Erin and I both decided to have them drop us off in Santiago since this idea sounded dumb. Did I mention that driving two hours to a town with nothing sounds dumb? Did I mention that we are going to that town in a week? Did I mention that there was no way for them to get there before dark? Did I mention that it's 1:50am and they're still not back yet? Did I mention that if they don't make it back before tomorrow morning that they will have to rent the car for another day? Haha.

Instead, we had decided to get some reading done. However, a 15 minute nap was in order. I woke up two hours later and actually got some work done. Then I decided to update this thing and all of you and here we are. How are you? Do anything fun today? Did you go to a winery? I did. Okay, that's all. Enjoy non-Chile.
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