Iris nevus, Lollapalooza, and the Big Bang.

Sometimes when I go on a trip, images, words, or things seem to repeat themselves. A theme develops.

Last week my husband and I traveled to Santiago with our youngest for my yearly eye check and Lollapalooza, (our oldest joined us on the weekend with her boyfriend). Santiago was in the middle of a heat wave, and it was a big change for us coming from cloudy La Serena.


I had my iris nevus scanned and we took the results to my doctor the next day. Everything is stable, and she eased my worries by explaining the type of changes to look out for. Melanoma usually grows quickly, showing changes in colour or size over months, (I was never sure what time frame). I was also able to ask her about options for treatment available in Chile if it did change. Luckily there are a couple of choices, however she still believes that it is unlikely to become iris melanoma. I was very relieved. I tell myself that I am prepared for the worst, but each time I visit and she tells me everything is okay, I feel a huge weight lift.
So the rest of the week was spent visiting museums and watching a theme grow, let’s call it the Big Bang Theme. My youngest and I were watching reruns of the “Big Bang Theory” before we left, and so when one of the hotel elevators broke and we had to use the stairs, we laughed and joked copying scenes from the program.
Then in every museum we visited the displays started with the same words – Big Bang Theory! Galaxies, suns, and planets spiraling around us.
The new shoes my youngest chose, she jumped on them yelling Galaxy!
The new knitting looms I bought because I was curious and wanted to try something new.
The wooden disk I picked up in Kidzapalooza which looked perfect for a small drop spindle, (actually part of a recycled skateboard for a key ring).
And a mug from the airport, just because.
Circles and spirals. Spinning out and coming home.

A weekend in Santiago and Lollapalooza Chile

Friday morning my husband, daughters, their cousin, and myself flew to Santiago for a long weekend.

Actually, this weekend really began over six months ago when my oldest daughter started asking if she could go to a rock festival in Santiago.  Of course she could not go alone, so she described all the wonderful things that would be available for a family during this two day concert.

“Music for everyone, even you Dad, and a play area for my little sister!”

She worked on us slowly but steadily, until we decided we would go.  But only for one day.

“Choose which band you want to see and what day they are playing”.

“Foster the People!! Sunday!!”

We bought tickets, booked flights and hotels, and waited for the end of March to arrive.  I am not very good at doing things that are outside my daily routine because it is guaranteed that I will get a migraine.  Of course, the stress of knowing I will probably be sick and ruin everything for my family, gives me a migraine.  And sadly, my whole family knows it, and was not surprised that I had a headache the day before we left.

It is not easy visiting a city, (which is still in full summer heat) with a migraine sufferer, a father with a recently injured knee and children of different ages.  My youngest wanted to buy toys and play, my oldest wanted look at clothes she can’t get in La Serena.  Luckily we managed to satisfy both girls with not too much disappointment, dolls and clothes were bought, and we had a nice walk around the museum at the Presidential Palace.

In front of the Moneda

Saturday morning yoga at the musuem

We also went out to the very posh mall where all the big names are, but when I had a severe attack of nausea we had to leave early.  (I wasn’t very popular for a while).  However later chatting with the girls we weren’t sure which was worse, the snotty kids at the mall or the screaming, rampaging drunk around our hotel.

Finally Sunday arrived and it was off to Lollapalooza, nice and early because Foster the People were playing at 1.30pm.  My husband and I have never been to a big festival concert and we were amazed by the size and organisation.  There were six stages, eating areas, a kids area, environmental stands, free water, and constant recycling and garbage control.  A lot of space for everyone, clean and a very nice atmosphere.

Coca-cola stage and Perry's stage behind, (the dome)

My oldest and her cousin ran off to watch Foster the People while we sat in the shade eating and exploring some of the other bands.

Foster the people at Lollapalooza Chile

I got my picture taken by a fashion web page that finds different “street looks”, (they didn’t use my photo, but still great for my ego!)  Later my youngest coloured and made a fairy in the children’s section.

Lollapalooza for the kids

Colouring in the kids section

It was very hot, and a long day for us, so we left around 6pm, which caused some major complaints from my oldest and her cousin who wanted to stay and see MGMT and the Foo Fighters.  But we were tired, (although looking back, we probably should have sat on the grass and listened to more).

Monday morning we packed up our bags and headed out to the airport.  Most of the grumbling of leaving early had been forgotten, and the girls were focusing on the good things they had done in Santiago.  And we still had Santiago airport.

It is a bit of a joke with my oldest daughter because we always see people from the TV at the airport, (it isn’t very big so it is easy to spot people).  This time was no exception.  In the line in front of us at check-in was a large group of well known Chilean actors.

But that wasn’t the best part.  In the line next to us, were Foster the People, which made the weekend finish perfectly for my daughter.  She said hello and asked if she could have her picture taken with them.

Foster the People at the airport

This was her weekend, part of her Christmas present, and even though not everything went her way, she came back with a lot more than she hoped for.