20.12.2006 - 23.12.2006
We made it to Valparaiso, Chile after too many days at sea, and it sure is good to be able to walk on land again! I have been pleasantly surprised to find that my sea legs are not that bad, but I do enjoy the freedom of being off the ship. I was able to do some shopping today; navigating a mall two days before Christmas when you don't speak the language is quite an adventure! I managed to make some good purchases in a short amount of time, so I consider it a success. Things are busy around here as usual. About six children should be arriving in the next day, so I will be busy playing games and doing arts and crafts again. Not such a bad gig I have going here. The weather is warm, the people are nice; it doesn't feel like Christmas, but that's okay. Although I wouldn't want to do this forever, I am adjusting to ship life and am certainly glad to be here!