|la corte suprema, santiago|
and the site visits were incentive enough: vip tours of the central bank, criminal court, national congress, and supreme court. enrique's comparison of the chilean and us legislative systems nearly made me break out in song: i could be your hero, baby...or maybe it was his name. or his plans to study creative writing at nyu in the fall...the national congress was my fave. close second: hearing from the president of the supreme court and then taking pics in his courtroom throne.
|committe hearing @ congreso nacional,|
this was also the first week that i have felt like santiago is a home of sorts. for starters, i'm beginning to learn enough about chilean history to recognize the significance of major thoroughfares like avenidas 11 de septiembre, de bernardo o'higgins, and de andrés bello. on monday night, i scouted out the nearest lds chapel and managed to ask someone if the church had bathrooms for single students. i was attempting to find a congregation for unmarried students and young professionals, but my language skills failed me big time. after clearing up that blunder, i learned that my ward meets on sundays at 10am. check. i also scoped out the temple, a few parks and neighborhoods, and some sweets shops before heading home. tuesday, i returned to the temple - and actually went inside - to recalibrate from nomadic life of the last four weeks. i am pleased to report that i understood the bulk of the service in spanish. on wednesday, we scouted out plaza de armas and some local sushi bars. today, the central market and centro cultural palacio la moneda (a museum below the presidential palace that a chilean cohort recommended for seeing chilean films). i accidentally chose to watch an argentinian film, juan y eva, which i discovered 20 minutes in was about juan and eva peron. it seemed appropriate as i am flying to buenos aires tomorrow.
|catedral metropolitana, plaza de armas|