Today we had our conversation class which was so hard! I am having such a rough time learning Spanish and I becoming so frustrated with myself because I can not understand anything or say anything YET. As the class went on I became very uncomfortable because I felt like I was the only one who was not understanding. My teacher told me both of my sentences were wrong and I broke down, I started crying and leave the classroom. Dr. Patti, who is in my class, came down a few minutes later to talk to me. We talked for a few minutes and I felt so much better. She understood where I was coming from and put everything in a new perspective. After our talk I returned back to our class and just tried my best!
After my class we went out to lunch and Dr. Patti, Dr. Del Prado, Danielle, Amber, and I discussed how I was feeling. I am so thankful to be traveling and going through this experience with such amazing people.
After lunch we went to one of Pablo Neruda’s houses with our new friend Nicci who is from Scotland. It was so cool to visit his house because I read one of his books while I was in EDU 211 at Global Book hour. I met a group of Americans and we became friends quickly, so hopefully I see them out one of these nights.
Later that night, Danielle, Amber, Nicci, and Nikki (from Florida) went out to dinner in Bellavista to watch the soccer game. We decided to go to Montana Steak House and it was a ton of fun. Chile won and everyone went nuts! Shortly after the game ended we left the restaurant and started to walk home when we heard drums. We crossed the street and joined the fun; dancing and chanting Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le! We were all having a great time and followed the crowd to a park. The park was full of people who were waving the Chile flag and chanting with excitement. I would have never thought people would have been this excited and happy about winning a soccer game, but they were! People were climbing statues, setting fires in the street, and yelling. While we were in the things started to get a little to rowdy so we decided it was time to leave. All of the sudden we see trucks with water cannons coming towards us to help with the crowd control. People were running in all different directions to run away from the trucks. All five us on were in shock on what we were seeing because none of us had ever experienced being in this type of situation. On our way back to the house we got separated because of all the chaos.(Nikki, Nicci, and I were together and Amber and Danielle were together) Nikki lives the farthest, so Nicci and I who live near each other took her home; we took the bus there and a taxi home. We were very cautious of our surroundings and made sure we stayed together! As soon as I had wifi I had numerous messages from Dr. Del Prado, Danielle and Amber, so I immediately wrote back to let them know the two Nicole’s and I were safe! Although the night became a little hectic we all got home safe and it was an experience; all of us will remember that night for sure! We all realized it is important to leave as quickly as possible when a crowd gathers. Chile plays next Wednesday and we all discussed how we’ll watch this game more safely!