We started learning the conditional tense in class today. I think I will nickname it “that tense that I probably should have already been using for half of my Spanish utterances.” For example: the polite, refined “I would like to eat breakfast” instead of the naïvely chipper “I like to eat breakfast!” Later, I tried very hard to explain to my teacher how U.S. higher education works, post-Bachelor’s, but I don’t think my Spanish explanation made much sense. It hardly makes sense in English.
After class, I went to lunch with M. and R.: panqueques and instant coffee. I picked the panqueques because they sounded excitingly like pancakes, but they’re actually thin crepes overloaded with dulce de leche: tasty, but too sweet for my preference (lo, such things are possible). We then meandered around Valpo and stocked up on postcards. We also browsed a shoe store where all the merchandise was displayed in disordered bins — a treasure-hunting adventure (or an intimidation for those like me, who fear shoe shopping). I also finally got my Very Own Chilean Prepaid Cell Phone. It is inexpensive and old-fashioned, but quite functional. If you would like the number, let me know, although I’m not certain if it can receive international calls.
Have I shown you the garden? There’s a lovely back garden/patio at V.’s house. I have barely used it, but it’s comforting to know that it’s there.