The Santiago WeekendSantiago, Fall 2009

Inspired by the New York Times article from last week about Santiago's nightlife , I thought I would do a post on the events of last weekend. Thursday 6:00 pm - IES class ends 7:00 pm - Bring two friends home to our apartment and watch tv/go online and skype with family in the U.S. 8:30 pm - Dinner and birthday cake with friend and host family [caption id="attachment_5634" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Celebrating my 20th birthday with my host parents"]Celebrating my 20th birthday with my host parents[/caption] 10:00 pm - Use cell phones and Facebook to organize tonight's outing 10:30 pm - Head over to another student's apartment for a second round of cake and singing Friday 1:00 am - Leave the apartment and walk to Av. Suecia to meet up with other IES students and a few Chilean friends. Gain free entry to "Morena" for being gringos. 2:30 am - Leave Morena and head over to a dance club (again, free entry). Dance until close. 4:00 am - Leave dance club. Exchange hugs and kisses with others before cabbing or walking home in groups of 2 and 3. 4:30 am - Say good morning to the 24hr doorman in my building, close the apartment door softly, and slip into bed. 9:00 am - Wake to a breakfast tray prepared by host mom 10:00 am - IES meeting on adaptation and how everyone is doing 12:00 pm - Tea and pastries and socializing at IES after our meeting 2:00 pm - A sleepy afternoon centered around watching movies online. 7:00 pm - Head out with a few Chilean friends to see "Super"  - the Chilean comedy that takes place exclusively in a supermarket. 9:00 pm - Leave the theater and run across town to a Chilean friend's apartment for a gathering of new friends and an impromptu salsa lesson. [caption id="attachment_5635" align="aligncenter" width="353" caption="Salsa at Pablo's house"]Salsa at Pablo's house[/caption] Saturday 1:30 am - Take several taxis to "Background" in Providencia 3:00 am - Leave the club and share taxis home 11:00 am - Meet up with the IES student activities coordinator (who also happens to be a volunteer for Eduardo Frei's presidential campaign) and paint a campaign sign with a few local students. 7:00 pm - Take the metro to the futbol stadium for Colo-Colo v. Cobreloa [caption id="attachment_5636" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Colo-Colo wins 2 to 1"]Colo-Colo wins 2 to 1[/caption] 11:00 pm - Return home Sunday Spend the morning doing homework and then head over to a Chilean classmate's house for an asado (bbq) involving paella, churasco, and strawberries and cream. [caption id="attachment_5637" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Pablo's patio"]Pablo's patio[/caption]
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