Hello everyone! This week went really well. Not nearly as many exciting things happening, but it was a good week. On Sunday, my friend Leonie (from Germany) and I went out for lunch to an Italian place near the beach. Having arrived early, I managed to head for the sand and stick my feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time since I’ve been here. So wonderful. 🙂 Leonie and I had a lovely afternoon, just chit-chatting away in Spanish and English. This has been by far my favorite part of the trip – meeting so many lovely people from all over the world.
Friday evening, David’s band had a gig at the local mall. It’s always an adventure finding anything in Vina. But I had directions, terrain features from which to navigate and could always simply follow the music once I got close. Madison and another gentleman from school (Robert, from London) joined me. I loved the music, and the female singer (Katarina) was amazing!! Unfortunately, the Internet refuses to upload any clips this week. 😕
I could almost forget I was in Chile, hearing English-language lyrics. But then they would take a break, say “gracias”, that they would be back in “quince minutos”, and when they thought they were done for the evening, the audience began chanting “otra” (another). Yes, I’m still in Chile, and so happy about it.
I even communicated with a couple of people this week! Before the concert, a lady in the mall came up to me and asked where the bathrooms were. I not only knew, and understood her question, I was able to point her in the right direction.
Back to Monday for a moment. You remember Mylene and Juri. They had invited me to a reiki treatment. Having never had a reiki treatment, but always interested in trying, I agreed. They really are two of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have met. It was an amazing experience, and one I’m so happy to have had.
On the way home, I had to take the bus (of course). I managed to ask the bus driver if he stopped where I needed (just to make sure I knew what I was doing BEFORE I got on a bus that took me to nowhere). He said yes, and then spouted off a bunch more in Spanish. I asked if he could repeat more slowly and he looked me straight in the eye, said, “antes” (before” and “timbre” (bell). He wanted me to push the button before the stop. Ha! We communicated! I was so excited. I said “si” and happily went to sit down. That totally made my day. It’s the small victories, really.