After our classes and another great meal – we have decided that we like the Chilean natural juices, café cortados (like a Chilean cappuccino), and kuchen (Chilean pie) – we took the metro for the first time to the center of Santiago. The area and metro stop are called “Plaza de Armas.” We first visited the central cathedral which is incredibly ornate and beautiful. The building is under construction and expected to be renovated in one year; however, the inside was wonderful to see.We then visited the National History Museum which is located in the same plaza. It includes some history of the Mapuche, the indigenous people living in Chile when the Spaniards arrived, and lots more since the Spanish conquest. We were given the opportunity to visit the newly renovated tower that contains the clock. The tower was originally designed by Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna, an urban planner who supported the building of schools and the running water system of Chile. (Coincidentally, “Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna” is also the name of our partner school where we will be teaching so we were especially interested to learn more about him.)To reach the top of the tower we had to climb a tight spiral staircase to the 6th floor. On this floor is a balcony from which we could see the whole plaza – it was a great view! Our tour guides were interns who gave us a wonderful explanation of the tower.In the evening, the teacher candidates returned to their host families for dinner, and Dr. Patti and I met with our Universidad Mayor colleagues from various parts of the Education program. We ate at a Peruvian restaurant that was delicious. We had ceviche to start and wonderful seafood dishes for our meal. People tend to stay out late, so we didn’t get home until after 11:00 (which is late for me on a school night).