Claudia is an older woman with 4 kids and 5 grandchildren who she is super proud of and talks about all the time. She's been hosting AU students for a while and seems to really love the company and also learning about us all as people.
When I arrived at the house, Claudia's maid Maria was also there. Maria is very friendly and she and Claudia interact more as friends than as employer/employee. The three of us sat down for a drink called a "terremoto" which means "earthquake" in English. It gets it's name because like an earthquake, the "aftershock" can be strong. Basically, it tastes good so it's easy to drink a lot of quickly. It's just sweet fermented wine (called pipeño) and pineapple ice-cream so of course I was all about it.
|This is just a picture from Google but it definitely does it justice...|
Then we had lunch which was a little confusing because Claudia kept saying we were having "pastel" which means cake, but it turned out to be a casserole type thing made mostly of corn, with beef in it? I'm assuming that it is actually pastel de something but I just missed that word?
Our other adventure was to the supermercado where I picked out some foods I like for breakfast and just got the lay of the land.
Heading home, I couldn't stop looking around because the Andes are everywhere, even when there are clouds or smog, the mountains just rise up all around the city. I don't think I'll ever get used to that or become immune to its beauty.
|My room! Super cute and comfy!|
I'm exhausted and ready to go to bed for sure, but all I feel is anticipation! Claudia seems really fun, with a great sense of humor. I had no idea what to expect out of Santiago, whether it would be more European or be similar to Mexico City or Tapachula..so far I can't really characterize it, but that may just be because it has a life of it's own!