I think I love you, too, Michelle!
News from Chile, oft described 'most conservative country in South America,' after the swearing-in of the first directly elected female president in the country's history:
Yet the emotion shown by thousands who gathered in the streets of Valparaiso and Santiago on Saturday showed that a lot of people want to believe Bachelet's election represents a turning point. Women sobbed as they watched her wave from a convertible, men screamed, "We love you, Michelle," at her inauguration ceremony and schoolgirls leaned over barrier ropes to get a closer look at their new leader.
"I'm sensing in the street a sort of revolution, and I'm sorry that I didn't do a poll to measure it," said Marta Lagos, head of the polling firm, Mori Chile. "I was at a restaurant recently with my husband, and the waitress gave me the check -- she said it 'wasn't his anymore.' That might seem like a trivial thing, but you have to wonder if these are the kinds of things that make important changes in a society."
I'm off to the Chilean Embassy in a few hours to see "Once upon a Painting - Chapter 1: Seeds," a painting exhibit by three artists. The show is a three-parter, meant to show the artist's reactions to each other's work. In this first show, none of them have seen the other's paintings. The second chapter will show their responses to the first chapter, and so on. I'm not sure what I think of the whole idea yet, but it could be interesting. All three artists, by the way, are women.
For those of you who don't know, I studied abroad in Chile after my first year in law school (in fact, it's the only reason I went to the god forsaken school that I did, because they had this program). I'm interested to see the Embassy here. Maybe I can compare it to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago after umpteen hours I spent there when I lost my passport on a plane. Good times.