It started back in August shortly after we arrived and the kids joined choir in Vitacura.
“Bye, Nelson!” a kid said to Wilson. We looked at Wilson, “Nelson?”
Wilson quickly shared that everyone thought he had said his name was “Nelson”. At first he had tried to correct them, but then and he just went with it.
Since then, many times when people ask Wilson for his name, they often think he says “Nelson” and address him as such.
Our rafting guide, guides at parks, waiters have all called him Nelson repeatedly. We’ve since adopted it and jokingly call him Nelson. It’s his Chilean persona.
Jane has started introducing herself as “Yane” since that’s the proper pronunciation for the letter “J” here. It does seem to help, as we have to check in with a guard at each park we visit and they enter our names into a logbook.
So here we are, our new identities, “Mark, Gathie, Yane, and Nelson,” the Americanos traveling in Chile.