today began with me sliding off the LAN Airlines sleep mask to peer through my aisle-mates’ window and see the sunrise blazing over the Andes. I disembarked to a foggy, cold morning; winter’s last vestiges are still hanging around here. and I am here, finally, in Chile, right now perched on my bed, in Diego and Sarah’s apartment, my window overlooking the city of Viña, Valparaiso and the ocean.
|such a beautiful view from the living room today: Viña, Valpo and the water down below.|
this afternoon, between my four hour post-arrival nap and the tonight’s church youth group service, Sarah and Diego showed me through downtown Viña. I had my first Chilean empanada (stuffed with marisco–seafood); we walked by the beach (always too cold for swimming, but popular for sunbathing); they instructed me to feed, but never pet, the street dogs (fleas).
today’s new friends include friendly Chilean girls and fellow gringas from church, but also this little one: Nina. she has lovingly baptized me in her fur. it is nice to have found a cuddle bud so quickly.
|she is six months old and one clingy gatito.|
tomorrow may bring bike rides, more Viña exploration, new friends and new words galore (Sarah is making me a list of Chilenismos–they have so many idiosyncrasies here!). now: sleeeeeep. buenas noches a mis amigos gringos. les quiero a ustedes y les extraño. buenas noches, Chile.