I originally posted this list on November 18, 2008, just before I moved to Chile. I then updated my progress on August 8, 2010. Now, more than three years later, with just two and a half months left in Chile, let’s see how I’ve done.
- Go to the rodeo (kind of…I watched the rodeo last 18 de septiembre, but I haven’t been to the medialuna in Rancagua yet) (I won’t make it to the medialuna in Rancagua, but I did go to Club Hípico!)
- Go to El Huevo in Valpo (no, but I’m not sure I really want to do this anymore) (no, but I know that I don’t want to do this anymore)
- Go to La Serena (YES and YES!) (plus at least two more times with my students)
- Three words: Torres del Paine (YES!)
- Argentina (Mendoza: Yes. BBAA: Not yet. But I’m going to Salta in September!) (I went to Salta and the Provincia of Jujuy in September 2010, we’ll see if I make it to BA before I leave)
- Explore more outside the comunas of Provedencia, Nunoa and El Centro (yes) (yes, I continue to expand my horizons, including visits to Renca, La Pintana, El Bosque, La Dehesa and San Joaquín, among others)
- Go to a concert at the Estadio Nacional (Not yet, because the Estadio has been closed for renovations for awhile, but U2 is coming in March and I’m definitely going!) (I went to U2 in March 2011)
- Visit more viñas (I visited one in Santiago, but I want to to go Colchagua Valley) (Still haven’t made it to Colchagua, but I have been to Santa Rita, Emiliana, San Esteban and San Pedro)
- Dance the Cueca (Haha, yes)
- Celebrate el 18 (Yes) (Just the one time, in 2010 I went to Salta and last year I was recovering from surgery)
- New Years! (No, not yet. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish this goal because I like to go home for Christmas and I usually end up staying through New Years.) (Yes! I celebrated New Year’s in Viña this year!)
It’s funny, now I can’t really remember why some of these things were on my list to begin with. Why La Serena? Why the Colchagua Valley in particular? I do remember why I wanted to go to El Huevo, but now I’ve come to terms with the fact that I really would rather spend my evenings reading or watching TV than partay-ing all night long.
I won’t be sad if I don’t accomplish everything on the list. I’ve had such an amazing three and a half years in Chile, and I’ve done so many things that I couldn’t even have imagined. And I hope that in the next two and a half months, I’ll be able to aprovechar (take advantage) of my time here and do even more cool/unusual/fun things.