Last Friday a handful of other gringos, Rachel, and I had the chance to go to El Congreso Nacional (the Chilean legislative building). I was pretty impressed with the building itself, and also learning about Chilean government from our informative tour guide.
|two rooms, two parts of congress, not (two) terribly different looking.|
|A (copy) proclamation sent to Spain declaring the independence of Chile!|
|the signature of "the liberator." read all about him, here.|
|Oh-so-many stairs to get to the top. the price of an education.|
Fun Fact #2: Palm trees aren't really trees at all, but rather grass the grows together tightly intertwined.
|Speaking of Jurassic Park..... (I did say we took silly pictures, did I not?)|
|Nobody loves a Palm |
After we returned from the park, I went with my host family to Santiago to celebrate Mother's Day with my host dad's family. I had a wonderful time, and what's more, the extended family told me that I spoke Spanish very well. I was even able to get a cousin (12 year old Nacho) to teach me some useful Chilean slang. All in all we had a fabulous time and I was really glad to meet my host dad's family, especially his mother.
We are back to school again this week, but are perhaps thinking about traveling since we have a long weekend coming up. Either way we'll keep ya'll posted.
And a very special shout-out to our friend Kristen Clingan, who is in Honduras on a medical mission trip! Both Rachel and I are very proud of you and are praying for your success. (Just promise me you'll try and speak Spanish to everyone you meet!)