During the week of August 9-15, Kelsey and I spent lots of time getting to know more of the students and community at St. George’s College. There is another house of Holy Cross priests that live right next to St. George’s, whom we had dinner with on Monday. One of the priests there is the rector (principal) of St. George’s and there were two other older priests, one Chilean and one American, who lived through the political turmoil in the early 70s in Chile. Needless to say, our dinner conversation was pretty interesting and a good opportunity for us to learn more about Chilean culture (luckily we were speaking in English, so I was able to actually understand). On Tuesday, Kelsey and I accompanied Joe to St. George’s to help with a retreat for 10th graders which was rather uneventful but still a good opportunity to meet more people and become acquainted with customs and procedures in the school environment.
|Twilight in the Chilean countryside|
We stayed in a school in the town center, sleeping in classrooms on the floor or on tables. For a kid who is used to the seasonal ice ages that are common during the Midwestern winters, the winter days here can be relatively warm with temperatures around 50 or 60 degrees when the sun is out. When the sun sets, however, the temperature drops drastically and hovers just above freezing point. The cold, coupled with the dampness made sleep pretty difficult, even when I was wearing 3 undershirts (2 of them longsleeve), a sweatshirt, wool hat, scarf, thermal pants and wool socks. Being uncomfortably cold made sleeping difficult, but being stuck in the same room with about 20 high school kids made it well near impossible. Chileans are gregarious people and as I previously mentioned, have no problem staying up until 7 am. Needless to say, a couple hours of sleep is all I got.
|Orlando, Me, Taldo, Peiro, y Marisol|
|A futile attempt to get the bus out of the ditch...|