Week of the Crazies and a Trip to Ultra-Cuicoland

My dad emailed me today to make sure I was okay because I haven’t blogged since Tuesday. Life got kind of crazy this week. It was the first time since last December that I’ve been so busy, which I guess is a good thing money-wise. However, it left me with precious little time to blog, or do anything domestic. My apartment was pretty darn messy before I spent 5 hours cleaning and doing laundry this afternoon.

One of the reasons I was busier than normal this week is because I started a new private class. My student lives in Vitacura. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to Vitacura. I think, counting Thursday, I’ve been there three times. Anyway, I had heard of the fabled street Alonso de Cordova where they sell all the designer stuff. When I realized my student lived on this street, I was curious to see what I think is probably one of the most cuico streets in Santiago.

Sure enough, as I walked from the micro stop, I came upon Hermes, Louis Vuitton, BCBG Max Azaria and many other designer stores that I don’t remember because I didn’t recognize their names.

I’m sure there are some people in Chile who see me on the street and automatically assume that I belong somewhere up there among the designer names. However, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The only designer anything I’ve ever owned came from TJ Maxx and I didn’t even know it was designer until a friend told me. I can’t even remember what designer it was!

Anyway, as I exited my student’s apartment, a girl walking by asked me for directions to the Municipality of Vitacura.

“Sorry,” I told her, “I’m not from around here.”

“Ahh, that’s okay,” she said, “That makes two of us!”

Then we both laughed and continued on our way.


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