I am starting to feel like I have a life here, I am concious of my other life and that I will go back, but I am getting a routine, an understanding, and much more. There are obviously things that I haven't done yet or don't know, like know the city or make to many friends, but that will all come in time.
Two days ago I went to the mall with two exchange students and two Chilean girls, it was a mall, not much else. Shopping is shopping and I'm not really a fan. It was good to go out with some people and see the city some. I forgot my camera and I had meant to take it, I want to get pictures of the city. Soon enough though I will do that too.
Yesterday was lame, boring in school, nothing much after school, the gym, and home. I did play cards with my brothers, some sort of rummy, and they talked to me for a while. I think my parents made them, but it was a good distraction and I think I will start doing it more, their plan worked, I will interact more with my family.
Today has been better so far, school was sort of enjoyable, when I wasn't sitting in class bored out of my mind. I got home and ate lunch with my mother. She didn't eat and just sat and watched me eat, saying a few things every now and then, but mostly sitting in silence watching me. It was uncomfortable to eat, but I understand why she sat. And today is Megan's birthday so I will Skype for my first time (not actually, I tested Skype out for a few minutes to see if it worked, but the first time nonetheless). Then later is the gym with some friends and bingo at the mall with Rotary. This will be my friend Rotary outing, not counting the orientation weekend, that I have been to and I am excited to see what Rotary clubs in other countries are like.
Enough about my scheduel and more about how I feel. I have started to think less, not because I am just spacing out, but because the Spanish that I know and think in conflicts with my English thoughts. The two languages mix and my sentances in my head are out of order. The jumble makes no sense and I have to put a bit of energy into thinking and be mindful. It is sort of like I have to force myself to think.
There is not much nature here, I am in the city and live in a house with very very little yard. So there is not nature to even look at, not that that would be enough either. I want a yard to work and walk in, and grass to put my bare feet in.
My classmates are throwing a party for me on Friday to welcome me, I think I can go, but maybe not. I am going to Pucon, an important city in the Lake District of Chile where my grandparents have a house. It is supposed to be beautiful and quite. I think it is going to be quite cold though. I told two classmates I was going this weekend and they seemed jealous, so I am even more excited to go because of that.
Lastly, I got another nickname today in school to go along with gringo, califa or khalifa, I'm not sure how to spell it. But they descibed it as someone who is hot or horny or a pedophile. They explainedd pretty badly and I'm not really sure what it means, but I think will be ok. Wiz Khalifa is one of my favorite rappers, so I am happy to have part of the same name as him.