During lunch today Beth exclaimed "Zonda!!" Previously having been told of this phenomenon & ran to the window. Indeed a Zonda was occuring!
A Zonda is a wind that occurs on the eastern slope of the Andes, in Argentina. It is a hot, dry wind produced by the northeastward movement of polar fronts. Beth & Pablo have explained to me that it most often happens during the winter. When it does the weather may go from 30f to 100f within minutes. Although Zondas are hot & dry for us, it means snow on the mountains! People close their houses up tight, drive their cars into the garage & wait for it too pass. When it is over, lots of dust & leaves are left & often very cold weather follows.
Things have been slow for me this week. A Corazones Abiertos conference has been being held here at the house every night since last Saturday. Tonight is the last night. I typically hang around & talk with people until they split into small groups, then I retreat to my room to study, read or maybe watch a movie. I've also been sick this week so I haven't gotten out & done as much as I would have liked. But next week should be really fun. Monday-Thursday Beth & I are taking a 12 hour trip by bus to Buenas Aires. I'm sure I'll have more pictures & stories when I return. It's hard to believe my 3rd week here is almost coming to a close.