Today I woke up around 10, showered, packed up all my stuff to leave Talca, ate a quick breakfast with the family, and then my grandma, Laurie, and Monse took a micro with me to the bus station. I bought a bus ticket with their help (even though I didn’t really need it, it was nice to be completely sure I was doing things right since this was my first time taking the bus alone and taking the bus from Talca to Rancagua). We loaded my suitcase onto the bus and I thanked my grandma for everything and said goodbye. I got on the bus and made a few calls to schedule plans with my friends until I realized that I was the only one talking loudly in English on the bus and that I should probably stop. Then a little while later, one of the attendants on the bus came over and started talking to me. He was a very socially awkward person, but I kind of like talking to that kind of people because I get to practice my Spanish more and take more chances because I don’t feel embarrassed if I make mistakes. He literally didn’t leave me alone the whole two hour bus ride, and then when I got off in Rancagua he gave me his number. That was not the end of the awkward flirting for the day though because the bus dropped me off along the highway outside Rancagua and my mom couldn’t come pick me up, so I had to walk to the house dragging my suitcase and wearing my short shorts. It was literally comical how many honks I got along the highway, and I was just cracking up laughing the whole way home. When I got back to my house I was surprised to find my mom there because I thought she would be in Santiago with Eric. She let me in and I unpacked my suitcase and then repacked it with the clothes I would need for the next 3 days. Then Katie Ward came over and we went in collectivo over to the Techo Para Chile office in the middle of town so that I could pay for the community service trip I am going on in January. Then we went to the Jumbo to buy supplies to bake cookies, and back to my house to get my suitcase. We went back to the Jumbo and ate ice cream at this super yummy and fancy ice cream shop. Then we caught a micro over to Katie’s house (super awkward carrying a suitcase in a micro) and chilled in her house for a little while. I took a shower, did my hair, and got ready for the party we were going to that night. Then we went downstairs and talked to her mom for a while. I really like her mom and her whole family, but it’s always a little weird with them because I will probably be moving into their house sometime during my exchange. After a while, her mom took us over to our friend and Katie’s cousin Mery’s house. With Mery, we baked sugar cookies topped with manjar and we told her all about our trip to Patagonia.