Today, although we weren’t going to school, Katie and I had to get up at the exact same time. We put on nice clothes, and my mom dropped us off at the bus station after she dropped my siblings off at school. We bought tickets and took the bus up to Santiago while listening to a comedy show Katie had on her iPod. I think people thought we were weird for bursting out laughing at random moments on an otherwise quiet bus. When we got to the terminal in Santiago, I called Sergio, who is the guy who was coming to pick us up. He said we had to wait about a half hour, so we went over to McDonald’s and sat down and drank some coffee. Sergio is a Rotarian that I met in the California. He is a part of the Laguna Niguel Rotary Club, and before I left he came over to my house to tell me a little bit about what to expect in Chile because he was born and raised in Chile. Now, he is back in Chile representing the LN Rotary Club in a project they are sponsoring.
They introduced Katie and me as visiting exchange students, and I went up and traded club flags with the president of the club. It was a pretty intimidating experience because there were probably like 80 old men in dignified looking suits watching me. After we ate a fancy lunch and awkwardly socialized with Rotarians, the doctor who had given us the tour of the hospital (also a Rotarian) offered to accompany us on the metro back to the bus station. We went with him because we had no choice, and then when we said goodbye at the terminal, Katie and I hopped back on the metro to go shopping at Costanera Center. We shopped for a while, got starbucks, and then went back down to the metro and took it back to the bus terminal. It was our first time navigating completely alone in Santiago and we were pretty proud of ourselves. After we got back to Rancagua on the bus, we had to figure out how to get from the terminal to my house. We took a micro part of the way, then walked a little ways, then took a collectivo to the Jumbo and walked to my house. By the end of the day we were really proud of all the manners of public transportation that we had managed. Katie’s parents picked her up and I was dead tired so I sat in bed and watched a movie (Que Pena tu Boda, which is a typical Chilean movie) before falling asleep.