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Published: September 27th 2006
So at this time that i am writting this i will have been in chile for 2 weeks now. this last week i have been in pichilemu and the previous one i was in santiago. so i will start in santiago. i arrived on sat in the early morning and didn't really know what i was going to do. so i got a cab, i didn't want to risk a bus on my first day there but i should have seeing that it would have cost me about 1.50 instead of 15. so the spanish speaking driver drove me to a hostel and i didn't like it at all. it was very gross and not well kept so i asked the guy to take me to a different one. now you got to understand something. i have never said a word of spanish in my life and here i am in a spanish speaking continent trying to communicate with these people. let me tell you it is very difficult and frustrating. i have a phrase book but it kinda sucks b/c it was one way communication. i say something to them and they understand but i got no idea what they
Me and my brazilian boys
say back to me unless i say yes or no questions.
so the one hostel i ended up staying in was called che largato i think. anyways it was a great hostel. kinda clean with some good people in it. i met 4 brazilian guys and i have to visit them when i go to brazil. they all spoke english and were my translaters. so the first days i jsut walked around the city and saw some sights and slept a bit. i also saw a lady get her necklace stolen right in front of me. from then on i was very paraniod you can say. i was always watching my back and looking at people coming my way. on one particular day i took out my camera on the main drag to get a photo of a sweet building. i was watching to se if anyone was eyeing up my camera and this one guy saw it and stopped. he kept walking slowly and then went around a corner and stopped. i was watching him the whole time. i then walked past him with the camera in my backpack and he started to follow me. i looked back
The amount of meat we got to eat. About 15 of us
at him every once in a while and made ey contact so he knew that i knew what he wanted to do. he finally left and i never had a problem since. i could have taken him anyways. then on the monday i went skiing with 2 of the brazilain guy up to valle nevado. it was cool to ski in the andes but it was real foggy. so that was lame. i rented some pants and ski equip for a good price. so when we got back i forgot my wallet in my pants pocket. so for the next 3 hours me and carlos were trying to get it back. first off he phoned for me and talked with them and they found it, now we just had to get there and pick it up. so we waited for a bus for like 2 hours and the bus to our street never came. so we jsut got a cab for an ok price and it ended up that our bus got stolen and ransacked and burned. so we got the wallet back just fine and it was all good. then the next day i went to a new hostel
Sunset my first night in Pichilemu
run by an american called de sammy. it was easily the best hostel i have ever seen or heard of. it was very clean and everything was for free. i mean everything and it was only $10 a night. so i stayed there for 3 days and then on fri i came to pichilemu.
so this city is great. its nice and small and beautiful. its right next to the coast but also in the trees. its gorgeous. i love it here thus far. the living conditions are ok. i live with a couple from uruguay, an american, 2 guys from argentina, and 2 guys from chile. we live in 3 bedrooms and a living room and something that you can call a kitchen. we don't got a stove or a fridge, just a kettle a cupboard and a sink. so its slime pickings. so the first day brian, the american guy, and i decided that our houses needed a couch. so we built one. we have also built shelves and are planning on building a desk and a new sink cabinet. we are kinda the talk of the place. then on mon night we had this huge bbq.
Puenta de Lobos
A sweet surf spot in Pichilemu
it as awesome and i finally had a full stomach. i had so much meat i needed to get up in the middle of the night and drink water. it wasn't diggesting but it was alright. earlier that night i played capture the flag with a bunch of the kids here. they really wanted me to play so i said ok. it was like 11 at nigth and very dark. hard to run on uneven ground i took a nice few falls but never got caught and got a few cuts with it. i also got a new nickname, gringo. so then he next few days we just bummed around and did nothing really. My dts started on thurs and so far so good. nothing to really report. we are jsut getting into it. then yesturday on sat i was the photographer for a wedding and that was cool. and then that brings me to today. so until next time choa amigos.
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