Sunday, June 20, 2010
ROCK CONCERT IN A BUS
I speak Spanish, but I don’t speak Chilean. Chileans speak a language of their own! Their Spanish is so much different from Mexican Spanish: They have unusual names for a lot of things, don't pronounce the Ss, speak very fast and sometimes don’t finish their words entirely. My roommates and I laugh comparing the different words we have for the same things, and the different meanings we have for the same words! One of the first Chilean words I learned was CARRETE which basically means Party. I must admit that I’ve spent various nights from the past couple of weeks attending Carretes! Out to bars, clubs, and house parties. When Chileans say party, they generally mean being out all night! The problem with Carretes is that they usually START at midnight (finish… When the sun comes up?) but the subway stops at around 11 p.m., so the only ways to get back home sometimes are taking the bus, or taking a cab. Preferring to save some money last weekend, I opted for the bus, but my first bus ride was also my first rock concert in Santiago... When I got in the bus, I noticed a guy playing an acoustic guitar (clearly under the influence of something). He wasn’t making much of a commotion at first, but soon after, he picked up some rhythm. He began singing songs from the Bunkers, a Chilean rock band, moved on to the Beatles and later played some other Chilean songs. The greatest thing about this was that everyone on the bus started singing along! People were really into his music, and were even making requests. It wasn’t long before things got out of control though, and in the heat of the moment the guitar player began smashing his acoustic guitar against the bus! Guitar pieces flew everywhere. I should note that all of this happened with the bus in motion! I managed to get to my apartment in one piece, but I must admit this was a pretty wild bus ride and/or concert.