miércoles, agosto 31, 2005
It´s getting cold in here, so put on all your clothes
Originally uploaded by erostkowski.
lunes, agosto 29, 2005
I have learned that internet cafes are tricky, especially in el campo de Chile. I tried to post a few days ago when we were in town, but the computer froze and I lost all my brillant writing. But alas, I am back to try my hand at it again. We arrived in Calle Larga on Friday evening by the bus from Santiago. While I have this pesky tendency to fall asleep whenever I enter any sort of vehicle, my eyes were could not leave the mountains around me. The sun set and the rain began to pour before we reached our house in Pocuro, and it continued to rain all day Saturday and Sunday. Friday night we watched a Chilean folk group practice the the chappella next to our house. We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to have breakfast with the priests of the parochia (parish). The parochia is made up of twelve chappellas around Calle Larga. After breakfast we went on a tour of all of them and were able to see the surrounding areas. Yesterday, we went to mass at the Pocuro chappella and then had a grand community day with the HCAs from Santiago and our facilitators. So far today, we went to the comedor (soup kitchen), to English class in one of the local private schools, and dropped by a music class in an elementary school where one of the associates works in an afterschool program. We are currently in Los Andes getting ready to go to the girls orphanage. So yeah, today was mostly spent checking out the opportunities for service in the area. Now that I´ve caught you up to speed, I have to tell you about this morning. I woke up today to blue sky an the sun shining. I ran outside even before I got dressed because I hadn´t yet seen the mountains because it´s been raining for the past few days. Man, it is amazing. Pocuro is snuggled in a valley with the Andes mountians on all sides. The natural beauty is absolutely unreal.
miércoles, agosto 24, 2005
lunes, agosto 22, 2005
Leavin' on a jet plane. It would be fun to post a picture of my overstuffed bags (just made a trip to pick up some last minute essentials and my backpack and suitcase are not receiving them well) but even my card reader is packed far far in the depths of my suitcase with no hope of being reached before I arrive in South America. So it's finally time. I'm leaving on a plane in less than 12 hours. It's kind of crazy to know that I'm going to be gone for over two years. I just had a final round of goodbyes on the phone tonight. Even though some parts of leaving make me sad, I'm so excited to be finally on my way. I'll be arriving in Santiago early Wednesday morning where I will be staying for the next week. Then it's off to Bolivia to learn some Spanish. I just got the information about my host family; it's the part that makes me the most nervous. I hope that it all goes okay. Well... it's time to get to bed so that I can wake up and start living my dreams!