September 2, 2010
Santa Rosa de Lima Saint Winter Storm

La Tormenta de Santa Rosa

The weather reports had been predicting rain all weekend.  Skies were overcast, and the wind blew fiercely but the rain held off until Tuesday, when fog covered the city and rain bursted forth from the sky, nearly drowning me as I walked to work.  As I entered class with wet feet and ruined hair, my student laughed, “Santa Rosa comes again!”

A storm is predicted for five days before or after August 30th, which is Santa Rosa de Lima’s feast day.    Science says it’s the changing on the seasons, religion says it’s the tradition.

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Vivi Skiing Portillo Chile

Tearing Up The Heart of The Andes

I spent a week in late August, 2010 spring skiing with my parents in Portillo, Chile.

Unfortunately this year of ‘La Nina’ meant no snow for this hotel ski resort two hours from Santiago de Chile.  Powder or no powder, Spring skiing is still my favorite skiing.  We enjoyed plenty of sunshine as we carved some turns on hard packed freshly groomed snow.  Portillo’s pistas, or runs were long and wide, ideal for skiers of all levels.  Long chairlift rides carry skiers and boarders safely over jagged rocks and a freeway.  For the more advanced skiers, four-seater high-speed rope tows give a quick slingshot like trip to higher, steeper, ungroomed parts of the mountain.

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