Earthquakes!

Chile is like California in its weather, and also because it has earthquakes.  The other day Timothy and I walked to Lider  (Lee-der)(Walmart) and when we got back Kent and Andrew said they felt an earthquake.  I don’t know why we didn’t feel it walking outside, but they felt it in the building.  Someone told Kent that it was a 5.8 and it was in northern Chile.  After they told us, T and I started feeling lightheaded.  Think it was a mental thing.

Thursday we went to La Vega, the huge central market.  It was different-huge, spread out, kind of dirty, filled with all types of people, foods, cars, etc. ( Since I can’t do The Grocery Game here with my coupons, I was able to get amazing deals with produce.) We ended up buying 2 “granny carts” to fill up along with a backpack.  I won’t bore you with my finds but at Lider the day before I bought a green pepper for about 500 pesos which is about a $1.  At La Vega I got a green pepper for 100 pesos which is about 20 cents.  So we loaded up- potatoes, cantaloupe, lettuces, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, honeydew melon, walnuts, black beans, raisins, and more.  It was great.  They have butchers and cheese vendors we want to try next time.

Fresh strawberries.  A kilo is about 2.2 pounds and it was 500 pesos which is about $1
Fresh strawberries. A kilo is about 2.2 pounds and it was 500 pesos which is about $1
A potato shaped like a duck
A potato shaped like a duck
These green onions were huge.  Cebolla is onion, cebollin is little onions. (I think)
These green onions were huge. Cebolla is onion, cebollin is little onions. (I think)

Friday morning I went to a ladies coffee and prayer time.  I’ve been meeting with them since my first week here.  These ladies are so friendly and helpful.  Most of them have lived in many different countries and are from places ranging from America, South Africa, Peru, Columbia, Canada, etc.

A group of ladies I meet with weekly.  They are from all different parts of the world.
A group of ladies I meet with weekly. They are from all different parts of the world.

We ended the week with a fun evening at the home of our friends from Tennessee.   They have 4 kids and all of the kids ate out on the patio. The boys had so much fun we could hear them laughing from inside.  We met this family on our first trip to Chile so it was great finally catching up with them.

I am going to try to take a picture of the mountains.  We noticed they had snow on the caps yesterday.  Yesterday was the first day without sun since we’ve been here.  It was overcast and drizzled a little bit.

It’s amazing how God has given us so many friends and contacts since we have been here. This week we are going to try to figure out how to go to the doctor so we can get a prescription for Andrew’s ADHD.

The ex-pat kids that go to the International School are starting back to school tomorrow.  This is the end of their summer break.   This school actually stays on an American calendar so even though it’s not a new school year they have an extended Christmas break.  The Chilean schools don’t start until March and it is their beginning of the new school year.   It’s so weird seeing all the back to school supplies in the stores.

Sorry to ramble. It’s think and type tonight.

Hope you all are dug out of the snow!

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