So the following pictures represent my last few days of sightseeing in Santiago that followed meetings at both UNIACC and the Minister of Education offices.
I had no idea how I was going to meet someone at UNIACC (my other research site) as I didn’t know anyone in Chile. I had come to know a good amount of people in Talca and at UCMaule but no one could offer me a contact at UNIACC. UGA Professors Luis Correa-Díaz who is a native of Santiago tried to help but I wasn’t getting anywhere by networking .
So I decided to just pick up the phone and call there!! I was made initial contact with their Adult Education programs and was subsequently directed to Rita Gálvez in Admissions. She made immediate arrangements for me to come to campus that day which was a real blessing as it was my last day in Santiago. I meet Attorney Carmen Luz Parra (above) when I arrived to campus and had a grand experience discussing my research and learning about UNIACC and its surrounding community.
Above is one of my many wonderful Chofers during my time in Santiago. Señor Hugo Cayuleo and Juan Salazar (not picture) took great care of me while in Santiago. I got everywhere I needed to go in good time and more importantly at a good price! :) One of my local Chofers in Talca, Benito, picked me up from the Talca bus station and informed me that I was a “Queen”, Reina and planted the customary Chilean cheek kiss as he returned me to my place in Talca. Chileans men are such Caballeros (gentlemen).
I was happy to see another Black person in Chile (or I just assumed she was Black), she could have been from the US, France, or the West Indies. That’s what’s so amazing about the Black cultural experiences, it’s so rich and diverse and you can find Black people virtually all over the globe and man speak languages other than English. Yeah, sometimes it can be a culture shock.🙂
I did not pack sunglasses before coming to Chile as I expected I’d buy some new ones upon my arrival. Unfortunately, the small shopping mall near my place has limited items and I would need to go into downtown Talca to find some lens. To my pleasant surprise there was a street vendor selling these babies for about $4 bucks and I purchased them most immediately!!
Picture of La Moneda (what would be the Chilean version of the US Whitehouse) which is resident of the Chilean President. There is an election on Sunday, November 10th for a new president and chances are strong that it will be a woman who has served as Chile’s president during a former term. Candidates can run for the presidency more than one but cannot do so in consecutive terms as we hold in the United States. Moreover, how cool is that to have elections on a Sunday to ensure full voter turnout (people usually don’t work on Sunday here).
Visiting with my Chilean friend Loreta in her office. She works for the Ministerio de Educacíon in Santiago and we had a great time discussing Adult Education and my dissertation research agenda in Chile.
I didn’t learn how to operate the hotel elevator until my last day there. The does kept closing but I wouldn’t move. I later realized I had to select and then confirm my selection before the elevator would move. It was so funny seeing people (and myself) watch the door opening and closing to the same floor.