Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dull and Banal

Today was banal and mellow.  The morning started off with none other than a lesson of math and a guardian of hope for the rest of the trip.  The math was vapid as usual, but while I was working, a long expected pen-pal and guest arrived at the door.  Up until this point, we had been emailing with the owners of a pick up truck that we wished to buy.  We were trying to work out details of the four by four truck that will take us around South America.  I took a break from my work and went with my parents for a test drive.  The car seemed perfect and we were pleased to hear that it will only take a week to seal the deal.  We are excited that we can have the freedom do drive through South America without waiting for a bus, train, or any other form of public transportation.  We made a strong bond of friendship with the European couple selling the truck and are extremely pleased to buy from them.  I went back to my math with a new hope and vision for the rest of our South America trip. 

After I had finished my work, my mom felt pity on me, and brought me out of my cave into the sunlight.  She asked me if I wanted to go into Pucon to eat lunch and do some minor shopping with her.  We started down the long road to Pucon on foot, hoping to flag down the bus on the way.  Sure enough, we were soon riding into the city on the public bus.  With a skip in our step, we walked to a delicious restaurant and ate empinates and drank milk shakes.  An empinate is a Chilean snack, a pocket of baked dough in which is a desired combination of stuffing.  We also had a middle eastern dish called a falafel.   Then, after buying some tooth paste and stopping by an ATM, we headed back to the hostel.

Today was calm and a wee bit boring.  But, it felt so good to feel the wind and sniff the fresh air after so long in a dark room.  Tomorrow we are starting Spanish classes.  I am so excited! 

Thank you for reading Rohan Geographic!     



  1. Rohan, Your kayak skill just keeps growing and growing. Maybe you can make your dreaded math work interesting by setting yourself problems that compute kayak speed related to the speed at which the rivers flow, time lost in eddies, minus the delays seal launches require. Just a thought. Glad you three are safely on to a "new" continent. Give your folks a hug for me and ask them to hug you for me- even super kayakers need a hug now and then. Love,
    Grandpa Morgan

    1. Thanks for the great idea! To me though math is math and when you are calculating a total I do not think of the units.


  2. Hola Rohan! Maybe it's time to run the bridge drop again esta noche! Wonderful blog! You write beautifully!

    1. Thanks! I am glad that your comment made it. I will see you in about five hours!


  3. Dear Rohan,
    I can understand that you find math dull and banal. But, as I think about it, I'm glad I know how to easily and quickly do everyday math tasks. And I wouldn't be able to do them now if I hadn't had lots of repetitious homework in classes over the years.

    Good luck con aprender hablar espanol. Quizas nos pondremos hablar en espanol cuando la proxima vez que nos encontremos.
    Love, Abuela Doris