I arrived back in Santiago last Friday, and it feels good to be back.
My time back has been spent unpacking, settling back in, and starting up my classes again. I went to a barbecue where I got to meet some new arrivals in Chile including a woman who has been reading my blog for over a year now, and it was cool getting to connect with her.
And what would Santiago be without a protest? On Thursday morning I was taking the bus into downtown when it didn't make its usual turn up one of the main streets. At first I didn't think anything of it, and it went parallel up one of the side streets. But after a few blocks instead of going straight it made a right turn and then another right turn. So now we were heading back in the direction from which we came. I asked the guy sitting next to me what was going on and he said one word to me: Protestas.
So I got off the bus and called the office to let them know what was happening, and then I began the trek to the office on foot. Luckily I didn't have any classes until 2:00 and it was about 10:45 at the time, so I wasn't in a rush. It's supposed to be spring now, but temperatures have been above 90 for the past week. Fortunately I was able to walk in the shade for most of the half hour walk to the office.
Later in the day I heard from one of my bosses that she was teargassed while eating her lunch outside. I didn't see any signs of protesters or police when I went to classes, but they must have popped up afterwards.
Here's a new article in English that I found about the most recent protest:
That's all for now. Have a Happy Saint Patty's Day everyone!