Today is my last day at the mine (at least for the next three weeks), and I’m all packed and ready to go. On Monday morning, bright and early, I’ll be flying to the city of Calama, from which I shall be driven for a few hours to the camp in the middle of the Atacama Desert. It’ll be very interesting, and I’m excited, although I have no idea what to expect (apart from a lot of sun and sand). However, today is quite quiet. This morning, I had a mine safety induction (so that for my final two weeks, when I’m back here at the mine, I may go and visit it), which should be interesting!
I do have another free weekend in Santiago to look forward to, which will be great. I get an extra day this time, as tomorrow is a public holiday, and so nobody is at work. Anyway, all this week, the other geologists are at a training course in Santiago, and my boss is in the north doing some field stuff, so it’s been just me with the field assistants for a week. I’ve enjoyed it, and haven’t spoken any English for ages. I think I’m starting to take up Spanish a lot more, as I’ve had to stop myself writing some Spanish words when messaging my English speaking friends!