An uneventful daytime. I fiddled around with work some more, and I also began preparations for my departure from Chile. I’m working on writing a list of all the items I’ve bought here and their values, so that I don’t forget to declare anything at customs.
I finally finished catching up on photos, as well. Here is a 360º vista of the Mirador Las Torres, which should give you a better notion of that marvelous place. (The zoomed-in part in the middle is because I was trying to show the waterfall, so just pretend you can tell that the white stripe is a waterfall.)
In the evening, I’d nudged my Valparaíso friends into having a final (for now) meet-up with me, at Pajarito (the pleasant, vaguely bird-themed bar I’d visited twice before). M. and R. arrived moments after I did, and we exchanged big hugs and caught up on what we’d been doing since we last saw each other in December. A group of their German friends happened to be at a nearby table, so we merged forces and moved to a larger table.
Within a few hours, more people showed up: S. and A., E. and her compañero T. (who got back into town earlier that day), and C. with his polola J. (too many initials!). It was a lovely crowd of people, and the conversations circled back and forth around the table, with most of us getting a chance to have good conversations with multiple people throughout the evening. I gave M. her birthday present, since I’m leaving before her actual party, and was pleased that she really seemed to like it. At some point, a young magician came by our table and did a few card tricks for us; he was fun to watch, although I wasn’t deeply impressed, since I live with a professional magician in the U.S. and am able to view card tricks just by walking into the living room.
We lingered there for a full five hours, before deciding to head home. We walked out en masse, and then exchanged abundant hugs as small groups splintered off to head in their respective homelike directions. I shared a cab to my cobblestone street with M. and R. and a few new-to-me folk, where we hugged one final time before I cantered up my stairway and home to bed. It was a great last-social-evening, and I’m so glad to have met all these fabulous people in Valparaíso.