Friday, November 12, 2010

I Think I've Still Got It

I should have written the otherday, after I got back from Santiago when everything was fresh.  But, writing in my blog takes a certain mood, or extreme boredom.  In my case, boredom.  I stayed home from school today because I wasn't feeling to well, but I feel great now, let's hope I can get out later.  I've got two friend's from out of town, plus one of their host sister's and a friend from in town staying here tonight because tomorrow is RYLA, a Rotary event and we have to be there at 9 in the morning.  I am supposed to meet them at the bus station and I think a bunch of us are going to do something tonight, who knows what though, there isn't much around.

Rewind a week.  I left for Santiago on the bus Thursday so I could study and rest on Friday.  The bus ride was 7 hours, a relaxing 7 hours (I enjoy the bus rides a lot).  Then I just waited until the SATs.  I spent Friday not really studying like I should have, only a bit, I wanted to relax and calm down before I took them.  I realized how much I wanted to take them though, I figured it would be nice to actually do some real intellectual work for once.  And it was, the SAT was good.  I don't think I did all that well on the writing, but I wasn't surprised, I couldn't think of the words I wanted to use and I couldn't put my thoughts on to the paper very coherently.  But the rest I did pretty well I think.  Only one math problem that I skipped cause it looked to hard and then came back to and realized it was really easy, only I didn't have enough time.  The main problem was that part way through the test I started shaking and had trouble keeping still and writing.  I don't have any idea what it was, but when I held my hand up I could barely keep my pencil in my hand, so I just kept it pushed against the desk.  The rest of the test went on like that, but I got through it.  And I've been shaking a bit here and there now and keeping my hand steady is impossible, I think it was like that before just not as bad.

The rest of the day was fine, some tv, food, and my cousin's hockey game, which he won 29 to 1, kind of depressing to watch.  The other team was just slaughtered, I couldn't believe that the coach would let that happen, but people are people. 

Sunday was the really cool day.  We went to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso.  Both beautiful cities on the coast west of Santiago.  They are basically connected but Valparaiso is the port side with all the white collar workers and the political significance where most of the lower class lives, and Vina del Mar is the upper class touristy side.  The rich live in Vina, but travel over for work.  Vina was beautiful, giant, and extravagant, but Valparaiso was amazing.  It was old houses, steep streets, and much more authentic, to me at least.  I didn't see as much as I would have liked to of either, but I'm going back in January when my brother comes, which I'm pumped for.  We walked on the beach for a while, went to some lookouts and could see the whole of both cities, and ate lunch.  My aunt and uncle took me, my two cousins, and my cousin's boyfriend to a high end restraunt in Vina.  It was delicious, I had a cut of beef with some sauce and I don't remember the name in English, or in Spanish, but it was basically mashed corn instead of mashed potatoes.  And then, even better, was my cousin's lasagna.  Both of my cousins got lasagna, but neither liked it, so the boyfriend and I got to eat theirs, good decision for me.  Then we stoped over at Pizza Hut for my cousins to get something to eat and we all ended up eating a bit of the pizza.  A but more sight seeing and then off to home. Sleep, and then another bus ride home.

I got back, not much has happened.  I had a soccer game on a field that was packed dirt, some gravel and rocks, and a bunch of glass, not to mention the broken condom I saw.  I got to fall quite a few times and get some good cuts which weren't fun to clean out later.  But in the mean time I felt pretty tough considering I don't know many people, especially my highschool soccer teammates who ever played someplace like that.  We ended up losing though because we didn't have most of our players and had to play some pretty bad players, but whatever, not a big deal, at least to me, some of my team was pissed.

Well, just sitting at home, about to finish season 7 of friends after watching The Time Traveler's Wife.  And maybe I'll put some pictures on facebook, one of the most daunting tasks I know because of the monotony of the task and the speed at which facebook can upload photos.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quick Weekend

It wasn't to quick, but I'm going to tell it quick.

I'll start on Thursday, I went to my friends house where she taught me to make alfahores, amazing cookie treates with chocolate and manjar.

Friday, I went to the gym where I met Alex.  He asked me to go to could I turn that down.  Six bucks for an hour, not bad, I might go again.  It was a great workout and it was really nice hitting some stuff.   Then we went back to the gym for a little before we went back to my house for showers and some rice with milk and sugar, my cousin taught me.  It's really simple and I could have done it without him, but it was nice to make it with him, good bonding.  From my house we went out and met up with two friends from my school and then with two Rotary friends, Kathrine from here, and Jana from Chillan.  We went to the movies and saw Blood and Love in Paris, or something along those lines, with John Travolta.  He relived his Pulp Fiction days even with his sandwhich, I don't remember the name, but he eats the same one in each movie and the violence and the lines were just to much.  It ended up not being very good, but still fun because Jana and I made fun of the movie the whole time.  We all went back to my friends house where I made the alfahores and hung out, ending up with me and the two Chilean girls jumping in the freezing pool for 5 minutes, good cold time.

Next day I didn't do anything until 4 when my family and I went to our friend's camp 40 minutes away.  They mainly grow asparagus, and that couldn't be better, we got a bunch of it for free.  The friend's sons took me out to the town and we wandered around for a while, I got to skateboard a bit on some little kid's board that they knew, I'm still terrible and should stop trying.  We went back, hung out for a but and then went to a birthday party for a 5 year old.  It was more of a party for the parents, the daughter was just a good excuse.  I ended up eating randomly assorted parts of the intestines of sheep.  I don't know what I had from the intestines, but they cooked them really well and it wasn't to bad at all.  A bunch of desserts, some other food, and then off to the town again for awhile.  We left sort of late and I was supposed to go to the same friend's birthday party who I made alfahores with and went the to movies with.  It was at the discotec in Los Angeles.  After leaving really late, we ended up running into an accident and got to wait for about 20 minutes while that cleared up.  After reaching the party 3 hours late, I paid for my ticket and got it.  I was then told by my friend that I didn't need to pay for my ticket, I was free, but at that point I couldn't get my money back.  So after a night of dancing and being surrounded by smoke I went home.  My dad picked me up and we went to get my brother who was arriving home from a soccer tournament that his team placed second in.  We got home around 4 and I took a shower to get the smell of smoke out of my hair and off my body. 

The next day I didn't do anything until pretty late when we went out to the mall.  I needed new pants because mine were to small in the legs.  They started out sort of small, but gaining 10 pounds and riding a bike everyday at the gym made my legs a bit bigger which makes tight pants a problem.  I am no officially a faily baggy pants person.  Much more comfortable and free.  I ended up getting two pairs of pants, one of jeans and another of some rainproof pants that I felt obligated to buy.  A whole long story with my mom and a rain jacket she got me for Christmas.  I didn't want the pants, though I really like them and am glad I have them, but it would have been rude not to buy them in the situation, you needed to be there, I'll let you slide on not understanding. 

Finally on Monday, All Saints Day, we had a big lunch with meat and the delicious sausages and a bunch of asparagus, I couldn't have been happier.  I fried some asparagus and my mom boiled some, both great, I couldn't get enough.  The downer was that I didn't do much the rest of the day and my Kathrine had texted me but I didn't get it.  Her and Jana were in a huge market that I didn't know about not far from my house.  First of all, I would have loved to hang out with them, they are both amazing and I don't get to see Jana much, and we get along great, yet another me in girl form, the other being my friend from Mass who is 20 minutes away.  And second, it would have been great to see the market, it was a huge holiday with venders of all sorts and apparently the majority of the city goes to it.  My parents didn't tell me and I didn't get the message, so instead of going to a huge open air market with two of my best friends, I watched movies and studied, kind of disappointing.  But then later my dad, brother, and I went and played soccer for a while which was fun, as tired as I was from the weekend.

And a little more, today I took out Katherine because her birthday is tomorrow.  We went to a Chinese restraunt, which I had gone two days before, kind of forgot to mention this, what better time than the present, with my family after the mall.  It was a little expensive, but Donner and I split it.  Good food, good people, and the AFS exchange student showed up too with his family by coincidence.  And tomorrow she is having a small get together at her house too.

This Thursday I'm off to Santiago for my SATs which I didn't study for enough, definantly some, but not enough.  That is my next few days.  And then after my SATs my aunt and uncle are taking me to Valapariso and Vina del Mar.  Both of which are supposed to be amazing, questionable the best places to visit in Chile, look them up for yourself.  I get to miss two days of school and see great cities, thank you SATs, maybe I'll thank you by studying for you and tearing you apart.

Well that was more than I planned, but I got going and couldn't stop.  Well worth it though.  More and more exciting as you scrolled down.  And all those typoes (that is probably one right there), aren't changing, just a good reminder of how intensely I wrote this, and all my blogs for that matter.