Chilean Miners: From the Bowels of the Earth to a World Tour
Por Dialogo octubre 15, 2010
The slow trip in a narrow capsule that brought thirty-three men out of the
depths of a Chilean mine, where they were trapped for more than two months, should
be their last uncomfortable travel, and now they are preparing to enjoy sumptuous
invitations to tour the world.
Among the first trips for the survivors, who were trapped around seven
hundred meters beneath the Atacama desert, is their promise to accompany President
Sebastián Piñera to Bolivia to inaugurate an inter-ocean corridor, together with his
host Evo Morales and their Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula Da
After that, the options for enjoyment open up.
A trip to visit the Greek islands for a week and attending a Real Madrid
soccer game in Spain, as well as a Manchester United game in England, are some of
the rewards for the tense epic.
The miners’ new life does not consist only of travel, however. The eleven
fans of the local University of Chile soccer team are expected to receive a lifetime
pass for the team’s games.
Gifts for the miners, once it was discovered at the end of August that they
were alive, began to arrive from all over the world, including from individuals
prominent on the world stage.
Pope Benedict XVI sent them blessed rosaries, while notable soccer stars,
from the Brazilian Pelé to the Spaniard David Villa, sent them autographed
Even the head of Apple, Steve Jobs, sent each one a recent version of the
popular iPod Touch to enjoy now that they are free.
Meanwhile, greetings from U.S. President Barack Obama and from artists
throughout the Ibero-American world also arrived in the bowels of the arid desert
earth of Atacama, in the northern part of the South American country.