Ever since I have arrived every once in a while my host parents will ask me if a felt the earthquake that happened during the day, and up until yesterday I had always been surprised to find out that there had even been an earthquake. But yesterday I finally felt my first Chilean earthquake. It measured a 5.2 on the Richter scale and woke me up early in the morning. No damage was done, and no one was hurt. No furniture fell over and I didn’t even get out of bed. when everything stopped shaking I looked over at my water glass, and since it was still upright with every drop of water in place I decided it would be alright to go back to sleep. But then, at the lovely hour of 7 a.m. I was awoken by birds chirping. This is the first time I have ever heard birds chirping in Chile, and if there is a correlation to the earthquake, I have no idea.
I know its all toasty warm down here, but I had to celebrate when I found swiss miss in the grocery store’s imported section. While I was sipping my tasty treat I decided that since it is still winter in the states, I should share my favorite hot chocolate recipe with you all. So here is what you do: you make hot chocolate like you normally do, but then you put a spoonful of peanut butter in. I know it sounds crazy, but it tastes like you put a bunch of reeses through the juicer and liquid gold came out the other side. Please try it before you knock it, you might be surprised!
It makes me sad to inform you that St. Patrick’s day isn’t celebrated in Chile. I asked my friends what they were doing and they didn’t even know what it was. They looked at me like I was crazy when I told them about the leprechauns and rainbows. I’m pretty sure some of them still think I was making it up. Anyways, I found a group of people from the United States and the Commowealth that celebrate like we do, and we are all going to an Irish restaurant completely decked out in green to show our pride for an ignored holiday used mainly for excuses to pinch people and drink green beer. None of that nonsense for me though (apart from my gluten allergy I am still underage) but it should be a fun night spent with good friends.
I have un-officially started school again at Colegio Intercultural Tremen. Why is it un-official you may ask, because my name is still not on the roster. They are not doing a very good job of motivating me, especially since we spent the entire day talking about the Chilean equivalent of the ACT, and how it is scored. School is once again boring, and I wish I could spend my school days studying my stuff, but I get in trouble if the teacher thinks I am not paying attention. I am however looking forward to the swimming unit we will have in P.E. because it will be the first bit of exercise I have gotten all year. Yet another thing to add to my list for when i return.
Playtime is over. I have officially managed to read 30 books, watch countless online movies, and eat several jars of nutella during my summer break and I am sad to say that I have an entire semester of online school left to do. It is time to get down to business. School is starting and I am devolpeing a schedule so that all is done by mid May, no later than my birthday. It’s time to get busy and I have no more time to fool around. I am starting to get serious about my life. Since I found out i can graduate on time things have become more real. I have to apply for college and choose a major over the next year and I don’t even know what subject I want to pursue. This should be interesting.
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!