I’m afraid there won’t be too much news this time as I returned from England in the middle of February. I left very mixed weather behind and came to hot and muggy conditions.
Letters from Zapallal
Early in the month we had the elections for the school council (municipio). This is a legal requirement with all the trappings of a general election. Parties are formed (three this year), propaganda is distributed and there is a debate when the three parties reveal their manifestos.
I’m writing this on a hot, sunny afternoon which has been the pattern for quite a while now – as have been the complaints about the heat. The roofing over the balconies and the netting over the assembly area are definitely proving their worth.
Early in the month there were two national earthquake drills. Timely, insofar as we have had several earth tremors (temblores). There was a particularly strong one at 10.50 in the night of 27th. At times heavy vehicles can produce some of the ‘symptoms’ of a tremor but you know it’s the real thing by the dogs. They all start barking at the same time. Don’t know if their paws are especially sensitive.