I was only in the U.S. two and a half weeks, but upon my return it felt like so many things were different in Santiago! It’s taken me a few days to get back into the rhythm of big city life again after two weeks in peacefully rural and small-town Vermont. Some changes I’ve noted in the short time I was gone.
1) My apartment building’s security code changed. I thought maybe I had forgotten the old one as I stood outside in the frigid morning air with my suitcases punching in the same four numbers over and over again. Finally my conserje (doorman) came to my rescue and let me in, and promptly notified me of the new code.
2) The Santiago Metro’s prices went up. It’s now $570 during most of the day and $630 at rush hour. I haven’t taken a micro yet, but I assume their prices went up too. Time to get back to riding the bike!
3) The little office supply store where I always went to get photocopies when I was an English teacher across the street from my apartment is now a beauty salon. Bummer.
4) One of the restaurants near my house went from an orange and black interior to a freshly painted white interior. Can’t say it will make me want to patronize their establishment (think: cheap beer, football on TV, greasy sandwiches and completos and mostly male customers) but I have to say it is an improvement.
5) I don’t know if this is possible, but I think Charlie is fluffier now than when I left.
I know I promised wedding updates and news from when I was home. I’ve been pretty busy since I’ve gotten back catching up with friends and doing lots of tramites, but it’s coming soon, I swear!