Today I woke up late and finally got to recover from last night without sleep. I basically did nothing all morning and just cleaned my room and packed up for Vina, where we were going to spend New Year’s. After lunch, I had a quick Skype conversation with Emily, which was the first time in over a month that I’ve talked to any of my friends. It was actually really sad, and I feel horrible for letting us get so out of touch that talking is a little bit awkward. I really love my friends and I still think of them like nothing has changed in these 5 months I’ve been gone but I know it has and I know I need to do a lot better job of staying in contact. It’s just a lot harder when we have so much less in common now. We packed up the car and left the house around 2. We were expecting about 5 hours of traffic because everyone wants to go to Vina for New Years because the firework spectacular is one of the most famous in the world. Along the way there was a fire blocking the main route into Vina, and I was scared for a few minutes there that we weren’t going to be able to get there, but it ended up just being a very long wait in very slow traffic. We actually got out go the car at one point in the middle of the highway because the cars had been stopped for so long. When we finally got to Valparaiso around 8, I realized that the wait in traffic had been well worth it. The apartment was on the 12th floor looking directly over the port with a perfect view of the whole bay, where fireworks would shoot up from a bunch of different points.