27.12.2006 - 28.12.2006
My first South American Christmas has come and gone in a bizarre and almost imperceptible fashion, and the new year is right around the corner. We will be leaving Castro for the Chilean Fjords tonight at midnight and will be cruising the fjords as we ring in 2007. Part of my responsibility as Youth Coordinator is to host a New Year’s Eve party for the children. Hopefully the parents will be picking up their kids at 11:45 to celebrate the new year together, and I will be able to join the rest of the crew at our party. It’s kind of a bummer, but oh well...
The picture I’ve included was taken outside of quite a dive in Puerto Montt. After an evening of shopping, my friend Johnny wanted to find an establishment with sticky floors and killer Pisco sours. After walking past several blocks of dogs feasting on garbage and cars slowly cruising by blaring crappy Latin music, we finally found what we were looking for. The entrance was up a flight of stairs, and upon reaching the door, one had to peer in through barred window so that bouncer could unlock the padlock on the door. Yikes… Inside however, there weren’t too many people, the bartenders were friendly, and the Pisco sours were just right. The flashing Christmas lights and tinny Christmas songs playing along with Latin tunes added to the sticky, yet not alarming, atmosphere of the place. Upon arrival Johnny suggested that the scene had makings of a Quentin Tarintino film, but we later concluded that it was much more Hunter S. Thompsonesque in feel and flavor. All in all it was exactly what we were looking for; I’m just glad that there was no cause for us to leave in a hurry, as the padlock probably would have impeded such action.
Finally, it has now been determined that I will be staying on at least through February, but there is a very good chance I will be here until April. My work as Youth coordinator will end with January, and I will be taking over the position of Enrichment Staff, pretty much an assistant to the Enrichment Manager. Also, I've posted lots of pictures at photos.yahoo.com/lindseytuuri. I miss you all and send my love. Cheers!