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We got up at 4:30 in the morning and headed for the airport at 5:30 for a flight to Calama, a small city in the north of Chile.  Once we landed, we loaded up the rental van and headed straight east up into the Andes to see some of the smaller, traditional towns in the area.

On the way there, we passed the Chuquicamata open pit copper mine.  At 4.3 km long by 3 km wide by 850 m deep, it is the largest open pit mine in the world.

Our first stop was at a small town called Chiu Chiu (pronounced Chee-oo Chee-oo), population 322.  The main attraction, other than it's name, is this beautiful white washed church with cactus wood doors and ceilings.  It made me think I was in a Clint Eastwood movie.  The floors inside the Iglesia de San Francisco. were cactus wood as well.  The altitude there is 2500 m.

Cactus wood door at the church. Building near town square. After Chiu Chiu, we traveled further east to a small town called Caspana, population of 400 and altitude of 3300 m.  Caspana i…


We’ve had earthquakes here in Santiago before and a few when we lived in Lahore but nothing, absolutely nothing, like the one we had last night at 3:30 in the morning.
Usually, the earthquakes we get cause a little bounce or side-to-side shake that not everyone feels.They last for a couple of seconds.I’ve seen the walls in my classroom sway back and forth a little.Then they’re over.No adrenaline, no rush, no heart beating hard in your chest.
Last night, the earthquake must have lasted more than 1 minute.The whole house started to bounce and rock – not sway.I ran and grabbed Kirsi, waking her up, as we heard a crash downstairs.The intensity increased.Up and down, back and forth…we actually bounced as we walked.Pictures fell from the wall.
I gave Kirsi to Dana who stood in the doorway while I grabbed Aidan.We ran downstairs and directly outside to a cloudless sky and a bright full moon.Car and house alarms were going off and dogs were barking.Power was cut.Windows rattled.The lamps on our …

This and That

We've been settling back into our routine, now that Der is back at work.  We are still spending a lot of time outside while we can.  I think our pool days are coming to an end because the nights are getting quite cold and the mornings are often cloudy meaning that our (unheated) pool only gets a couple hours of sun to heat it up.  The water is pretty cold these days!

Monday, February 8th was an important day for Aidan (or maybe more for us).  We went to Antonia's birthday party, which was lots of fun, and we got home late.  Aidan was super tired so we put him to bed without his soother.  He went to bed very easily.  We decided to put all the soothers away and see how it would go.  He's never asked for it since, even when he's seen kids with their soothers.  Woo hoo!  That was an easy transition.

We've started potty training but it's going very slowly.  Aidan knows when he has peed or pooped in his diaper and tells us but hasn't yet done it in the potty.  We…

Kirsi's First Day of School

Kirsi has been talking about going to school for quite a while now so when Der and I heard about the Vacation Bible School at San Marcos Church here in Santiago, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for her.  It's just 3 hours a morning for this one week.  She was soooo excited about it.  She was so pumped up about it last night that she couldn't get to sleep; Nana had a lot of extra work to do to get her settled down.  This morning, she was ready really early and kept asking if it was time to leave yet.

We got there and she was totally into the colouring activity and didn't even need me around.  I was so proud of her.  There are 10 kids in her preschool group and the whole group is about 60 kids (I think).  After everyone got there, they did an introduction to the week and then all the kids got up and started singing and dancing.  Kirsi held her own for a while but then she got scared or nervous and started crying.  I went straight to her and stayed with her to si…