For the first time in weeks, the Chile miners formerly trapped underground are not in the news. And that's good news for the men who want their lives to return to normal.
For the first time since the rescue of 33 miners trapped in the belly of Chile's Atacama Desert, the men are out of sight and absent from the news. It might be the first sign their lives are starting to slow down after a whirlwind two weeks.
Since being freed, the formerly trapped miners have received honors seemingly nonstop. So busy was their schedule that they chartered buses to keep them on pace.
"Los 33" spent Tuesday in Valparaiso, home of Chile's legislature, receiving medals and applause from lawmakers. A day earlier, they were in Santiago, shaking hands with the president and playing soccer against government officials at the national stadium. The miners lost the match, 2-3.
The circuit of tributes and press requests have become part of the everyday life for these miners since they were rescued Oct. 12 and 13. Some have received paid trips to Spain and many have received handsome payments for interviews. It will probably be another week before things settle down, says Juan Illanes – and he is far from the most famous of the miners.