Sunday, March 25, 2012

boo. part two.

See the red square. That's 136 miles south of Santiago. It was a 7.2 earthquake. (Remember how much I love these?) I know what you're thinking. 136 miles is a lot of miles. No way we felt it all the way here in Santiago. Wrong.

This time my poor roommate was in the shower. She fell down. My other roommate and I were trying to grab our things (phones, keys, wallets) as the walls shook around us. The lamp over the dining room table was seriously shaking back and forth. We were about to head downstairs (we're only on the second floor, thankfully) when it stopped. We never ended up leaving the apartment. Good thing too since my roommate was still in her towel.

Apparently there is an evacuation of the coast. Just in case.

What the hell, Chile? What the hell.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Last night (or should I say early this morning) the tectonic plates underneath Chile decided to have a party. This prompted a slight tremor at an ungodly hour. Usually they last for only a few seconds and I'm able to fall back asleep. This one however changed from a slight tremor to a full-fledged earthquake. I consider it a legit earthquake because it showed up on the USGS website. (Totally official.)

Apparently it was a 5.1 on the Richter Scale, but Chilean news stations reported it at a 5.3. The windows rattled but the worse part was the noise the building made while it was shaking. As soon as it stopped (it lasted less than 10 seconds) I heard my roommates screaming down the hall. I jumped out of bed and the three of us had a "holy shit" moment. We spent the next half hour calming down in the living room.

So as it turns out, some crazy guy had predicted an earthquake to hit the region between the 20th and 24th of March. Of course he was convinced it would be in the 9.0 range on the Richter Scale. Thankfully he was off quite a bit on the intensity of the quake.

Then I did something stupid. I youtubed (is that a verb?) the 8.8 Chilean earthquake from 2010. There is some horrifying footage of buildings shaking and power lines exploding. That quake lasted for over a minute. If a five second 5.1 earthquake freaked me out this much, I'm certain I don't want to experience anything stronger.

I tried to embed the video here, but Blogger is having an "I hate Maggie" day and it wouldn't let me. So go youtube it yourself. Especially if you live in an earthquake-prone area and don't feel like sleeping well tonight. Or any night. In the near future. You're welcome.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kids are Funny

Every week my students have to write sentences using the weekly spelling words. This week, one of the spelling words is "afraid".

This little gem was written by one young lad:

"I've got passion in my pants and I'm not afraid to show it."

At least it was grammatically correct.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not a Happy Post

Things that annoy me: (I'm realistic enough to know that this will probably be part one of many future posts.)

Sorry in advance for the feisty language.

1. People here tend to get annoyed with the fact that people from the United States refer to themselves as Americans. I mean, I sort of get it. Okay, no I don't. I realize that there are many countries in continents with America in its name. But say you're from Chile or Paraguay. You can refer to yourselves as Chilean or Paraguayan (I actually had to look that one up). Well, I'm from the United States (of America). I have no other word to call myself other than American. Sorry. Not my fault. I didn't make it up. So please don't say that Americans are being rude or selfish for calling themselves American. Until "United Statesean" catches on, I have no other options. So piss off.

2. I realize things taught in school here might be different from what I was taught. Example: the continents of the world. I grew up with seven: Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, Antarctica, North AND South America. Here children are taught that North and South America are one continent simply named America. That's fine. I don't care. I'll call it whatever you want. But please don't go on and on about how us Americans are being selfish and greedy by wanting it split into two continents. I mean please. How on earth does it benefit anyone to have an extra continent? Last time I checked the US is not the only country in what I know to be North America. For all you know it's Canada's fault. (Sorry, Canada.)

2.B. When discussing things please only contribute logical facts. When I say that North and South America are separate continents, don't justify it being only one continent because they're connected. Look at a map you silly idiot! Europe, Asia and Africa are all connected! But you still separate them into three continents. Your argument is invalid.

3. Don't assume I don't speak any Spanish. Especially without asking me first. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard people say "well she's been here long enough, she should have learned Spanish by now" I'd have enough money to buy any item from the dollar menu at McDonald's. Well judgmental asshole, why don't you move to a foreign country where you don't speak the language and see how you feel when people give you crap for not speaking the language.

3.B. Please don't go on and on about how us Gringos speak such awful Spanish. Fuck off. At least we're trying. And why the hell would I want to speak Spanish in front of you after hearing you imitate Gringos? Save your impersonations for someone who cares (i.e. another asshole).

4. Sorry if you don't agree with something that a politician is doing in my country. But please don't assume all citizens agree with the politicians. I mean, do you agree with everything your president does? I didn't think so.  And get off your damn high horse by bringing up shit that happened hundreds of years ago. "I can't believe that your country had slaves." Read a history book asshole. It happened here too, you ignorant fool.

This concludes my current list of grievances.

Luckily for me I had to deal with each and every one of these all week long. As I contemplated how stupid people are I came to the conclusion that I need to keep more white wine in my fridge.

***Updated April 1, 2012.
I just wanted to add that while I have had to deal with ignorant fools while being here, the majority of the people I meet on a day to day basis are incredibly nice! Most people are very helpful and patient with me as I try to use my slightly higher than beginners level Spanish.