Today is a public holiday in Chile, and so the geologists weren’t in. Yesterday, as their computer was very slow, a couple of them decided to decorate a large cardboard box as a coffin as an office prank, and leave it (in an ominous fashion) in the field assistants’ office. This morning, the field assistants promptly responded by writing the geologists’ names on the coffin, and leaving it for them to find.
Anyway, after all the fun and games this morning, it was time to find the SIM card again. We first went to a small town called Nogales, but nowhere was open. We did however see a large church procession with dancing and music going along one of the quiet streets. Anyway, after that, it was back to La Calera, and, while most shops were shut, one telecoms place was open. As luck would have it, they had the right sized SIM for my phone, so I bought it. Good stuff. Finally I could chat to some people back home – hooray.
Afterwards, we had some lunch back at the mine, followed by a bit of drill core examination. Now I’m back in the office, sorting out plans for the weekend with the other intern (who is currently in Santiago, as he is based at a mine near the city, so has an apartment from which he commutes in each day). He’s probably around this weekend, so we’ll be visiting an interesting bar if all goes well. It’s quite famous, with a drink called terremoto (lit. “earthquake”) – allegedly because it’s difficult to stand up afterwards. I’ll let you know on the weekend whether this is true or not.