Chileans and Earthquakes

What’s the best way to describe how Chileans feel about earthquakes, tremors, and aftershocks?  For those that live in the Northeast part of the United States, it would be best to compare earthquakes with blizzards.

Chileans are just as used to tremors (small shakes of the earth) as we are to snow storms.  One doesn’t even think about them – they just happen.  No big deal – life continues as normal.  We would “feel” them on a weekly basis when we lived here in 2006 and 2007, but we would hear stories of the 1985 earthquake.  (They say that there is at least 1 tremor somewhere in Chile each day.)

Then… every once in a great while, there is a major blizzard, like in 1977.  Obviously, people took notice.  There was much damage, life stopped, and suffering occurred.  Back then, we were all afraid of the next storm.  We took notice of the next few snow falls.

It’s the same way in Chile with earthquakes.  Obviously, people took notice when the earthquake hit in February.  And now, they continue to take notice of the aftershocks (which feel similar to the normal tremors that are always occurring).

I can’t imagine what the people feel and think as they sense the earth start to shake each time an aftershock occurs.  It continues to be the main topic of conversation.  We have heard story after story of the personal experiences of that event.

Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers for the Chilean people!

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Happy 10th Birthday, Isaac!

Monday was a full day of celebrating Isaac’s birthday!

Here is the day’s photo journal entry:  CLICK HERE

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¡Feliz Día de Resurrection!

We had a great day as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior!  We also had the opportunity to distribute more of the winter accessories.

Here’s our photo journal of the day:  CLICK HERE

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CHILE: Saturday, April 3

To view our photo journal of this day, please

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Playing ‘futbol’ with the boys

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to watch a short video of the game in the old neighborhood!

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CHILE: Friday, April 2

We landed in Santiago at about 8:30am, but didn’t leave the airport until about 11:30am.  We stood in the customs line for about 30 minutes, got up to the window, and were told that we had to go to a different line to pay the one-time entry fee for each of the kids since we are visiting as tourists this time, instead of entering with visas – like we did in 2006.  (Max and I had paid that fee in 2004 when we first visited.)

So, we headed to the next line to pay the fee and had to wait for about 45 minutes.  Then, we returned to the first line and finally passed through customs.  We thought we were done with waiting… oh, no!

The 12 check-on bags passed through the security belt and then we went to the rental car booth.  Obviously, we needed a van because of the amount of luggage we had.  Max had taken the time to research and reserve one online for us, but when we went to that company’s booth, we were told that they had rented their 1 large van to someone else because we didn’t get to the booth in time – UGH!

THANKFULLY, one other rental place had a large van available for us to rent so we spent the next 45 minutes waiting for all the paperwork and information to be filled out for us to rent the van for the week.  The kids were very patient and had fun playing with some of their toys they had brought with them.

FINALLY, after about 3 hours, we headed out the airport doors and packed up the van.

To see the photos of our 1st day in Chile, just CLICK HERE

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Traveling to CHILE: Thursday, 4/1

We made it, safe and sound!

We just set up and reconnected to the internet, so now you can continue to take the journey with us! 🙂

Here’s the link to see the photos from our travels to Chile:  CLICK HERE

(For those of you that are NOT on facebook, would you please let me know if this link does not allow you to see the photos, please? Thanks so much!)

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