Monday, October 27, 2008

Blah

Only 3 more days left of this week, thats right, Chile gets Halloween off for some random reason. We are trying to get a group of people together to go hiking on Friday in the mountains, so we will see how that works out.

Weekend was good. Saturday we went on a hike in some of the hills around the city, in order to get there we had to walk through some really bad slums, not something I wouldnt recommend it for the out of town traveller. But, its a side of the city, which everybody needs to see. I will try to post some pics later.....

The home life is still interesting. The mother literally sleeps all day. Literally. But it sucks for the kid, because he is bored and wants to play and do things. Or he comes to me saying he is hungry...Its strange, I think the mother is depressed, but who knows...

Last weekend, me and another friend went to a part of town called b.o.b.o, it is a huge flee market, where people sell anything. Its quite the sight to see, tons of venders set out with blankets on the street with random junk for sale. Somebody was even selling the old floppy disks from the 80s. Why would anybody need those? People were also sellling puppies out of a box on the street, and I wonder why their are sooo many dogs on the street?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Another Pic


Here is a pic of my street when I exit my apartment. I have a lot of classes in the building on the left of the picture (with arrow). On the right side of the picture (with the an arrow), the yellow building, is actually where my school is located at. So the walk is nothing.....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pics and Videos from the Football game

These pics and videos dont really show the true enviroment of the game, but its pretty close....

Start of the game

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End of Game

video

More celebration

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Field



Me and my bud Will



Me and my friends Jon and Will

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Chile 1, Argentina 0

So last night I attended the football match between Argentina and Chile. We got there at about 5PM because we wanted a good seat (the game didnt start until about 8PM). The stadium is very old and run down (a stadium like that would never fly in the US), and its the same place where countless people were killed after the 73 coop. Its a weird thought to think that as you walk through the halls. Its easy to ask the question, because of the history, why hasnt the place been torn down? Well, the answer is a lot deep than that. But anyway, the experience was very awesome. They dont have consession stands, just a few people selling homemade stuff with a few strung up light blubs hanging over head. About 7:30, the place was full. I read today that there were about 75,000 people there. Argentina had a small fan base, but there were lots of riot police there to protect them.
But the experience is something that I will never forgot, people are sooo loud, chanting, jumping and shouting dirty sayings. Pretty much anything goes, people were lighting flares and fireworks in the stadium. Every once and awhile, a large boom or bottle rocket would go off in the sky. Madness in a good way. I love live football, I think it is the best thing to watch live.

But the best reason why is that it is a lifetime experience is because Chile actually beat Argentina! This has never happened in history! Never! So, you can imagine the enviroment when the final whistle was blown or when the only goal was scored. I cant even describe how cool it was. After the game, we got some dinner at a bar a little bit away from the stadium, and even hours after the game was over, people were still driving through the streets, beeping their horns and holding flags outside their cars....Amazing!

Movies and pics to come later.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bored at work

So me and another teacher found a wesbite where we can play chess online. I dont even like chess that much, but it passes the time when we are just sitting at the school with nothing else to do. We just sit at 2 computers and play each other. Haha. Weekend was good, just went to a few random parties and bars. Our time changed as well, so now we are a hour ahead of US Eastern standard time. I always forget that everything is backward here. So I cant use that catchy saying ("fall back").


While I was waiting for a friend in one of the metro stations on Friday night, a huge fight broke out. It was very small at first just 2 people and the security guards tried to break it up, but soon after 15 more people decided to get involved in the situation. This is where the security guards stepped away and let the people fight. It was pretty crazy!


I also got my internet working again, I had to buy a USB wireless adapter, which kinda stinks, but oh well...

Weather is still getting warmer outside which is nice. Hopefully, the weather is nice for tomorrow, because me and a few coworkers have tickets to see the Chile vs Argentina football match which is a qualifier for the world cup. I am really excited to go. I just have to make sure that I wear the right colors to the game and dont get beat up by a bunch of punks! People take is seriously here, a friend of a friend got their window busted in their car because they had a Eqcuador flag in their car (Chile lost to them on Sunday...)

One more random tidbit, so tonight I was playing some video games with the kid and we were playing this game called Panda, but it was exactly like Mario (even had all the same secret levels and everything!) Crazyness................