Sorry I’ve been slacking on my posts lately. Not much going on here, just your average Chilean teenage summer which just so happens to include a surprising amount of facebook. However things should pick up over the next two weeks, because I am going to the beach with my family. I promise to return with lots of pictures and stories for my blog, so check back for that! Until then, hasta luego!
As some of you may know, I was originally supposed to spend my entire summer at the beach with my host family, however as it turns out they are having problems with the apartment that they are buying. Something about paperwork. However, since it appears that the apartment won’t be ready for this summer, they have decided to rent a house in the same general area for all of February, which is fabulous news, especially since i have devoted my clothing budget almost excessively to swimsuits. I should be soaking up the sun in no time!
Last night I went to a David Guetta concert and it was fabulous. We got there around 7:30, waited half an hour for the first act to go on for an hour and a half (some tecno guy no one knows) then the next act came on at about 9:30 and was supposed to be done at 11, and David Guetta was supposed to come on. At about 11:45 everyone started turning around or sitting down, because David Guetta still hadn’t gone on. While Everyone is chanting GUETTA GUETTA GUETTA an anouncement comes on and says that his flight has been delayed, and he will start in 15 minutes. Finally at around midnight he goes on stage and it is AMAZING. The majority of the “seating” was called gancha, which is everyone in a field jumping and dancing and having a great time. The energy in the park was incredible, Chileans love David guetta almost as much as I do. In short, my first concert was an experience I will never forget.
So Chileans have this thing, where the weather of the first 12 days of the year represents the overall climate for the rest of the year, each day representing a month. So January first, will represent the weather of all of January, the second will represent all of February, the third will represent all of March and so on until December. So far I haven’t been able to tell a difference between the days, all of which being hot, and if this represents the rest of the year then it looks like global warming has taken a turn for the worse, and winter in Chile will be about 80 degrees.
So as most of you probably know, changing families is a part of Rotary Youth Exchange, and it is one that normally the students aren’t very excited about. I absolutely loved my last host family, we had a great respect for each other and they understood me very well even though my Spanish still isn’t top notch. I was given a lot of space, respectability and free time that made me feel gown up and less like a child. I will miss them dearly and have promised to visit often, bringing gluten free treats in tow.
While I am mourning the loss of my first host family, I have been graciously welcomed by another. I now have 2 little host sisters to keep me busy (ages 14 and 15 i believe) and a 2 month long trip to the beach planned. We will see where all of this new stuff takes us!
A new year is here, which brings new adventures, new experiences and new friends. I spent the New Year on the beach with my family. We ate dinner around10, then we went down to the beach to wait for the fireworks. It is customary to hug everyone you know just after midnight, to wish them a good 2012. Afterwards we went back to the house and everyone danced until about 5 in the morning. I am looking forward to the new year here in Chile. I will be spending about 2 months at the beach and then coming back for high school as a Junior (finally). I wish everyone a happy new year, and that everyone sticks to their resolutions!