Of course, I’ve been thinking of differences to write about in my head the last couple of days and now that I begin to write I am forgetting them. Let me think. OK. It’s very European here. People eat much later than we do. Lunch is 1-4 and dinner usually begins at 8-9. They also make it last. The Warner’s inhale our food so we are working on slowing down and enjoying the dinner. The servers are attentive, but not pushy. We have had to look and ask for our check each time we have been out. You definitely don’t feel like you need to hurry and get out for the next party to take your table.
The culture is more laid back. The other night we were walking home from the grocery store around 10pm and there were 2 dads riding their bikes with their toddlers in their seats on the backs of the bikes. I thought to myself “I would never have had my kids out that late because they would have already been sleeping for 3 hours!” Another example I saw last week when we went to the Palestinian Club for a youth group pool party. ( Apparently, there are many clubs around the city for those with similar interests. They told me there were different nationalities clubs, horse lovers clubs, doctors clubs, etc. ) Anyway, they had a huge slide that looped around 3-4 times and landed in the pool. Some of the boys were going down and there was no one standing there to tell them when to go. I thought “We would never do that! We would have one person at the top and one at the bottom letting swimmers know when to go safely!”
The food they grow here in Chile is plentiful. We are going to the “Mercado Central” next week. It’s a huge fresh market and voted 5th best in the world according to National Geographic. Chile is one of the main exporters of avocados, blueberries, and wine. We went to a produce stand yesterday and bought some fruit and vegetables. I have never seen celery and corn on the cob so big. Their fish is also amazing and the sushi is much cheaper. We are only a little over an hour from the ocean. We had sushi last week and we had a huge plate of large sized sashimi (almost 20 pieces) for about 8000 pesos which is about $15-$16 dollars.
Finally, the money is obviously different. They have Chilean pesos. 500 -550 pesos is equal to $1 USD. So, we take the pesos double it and drop a zero. For instance, we bought a prepaid phone with 10,000 pesos included to use for calling and texting. It cost us 10,000 pesos. So to get a pretty good estimate of what I’m spending in dollars I double it and take a zero off to get $20.00. I feel like I do this every time I buy something to see if I am getting a “good deal”. Diet Coke and chocolate chips are too expensive which should make it easier for me not to buy!
OK I’ll be back soon. I’m going to try to add some more pictures. Love you all.