Last night I went out with, Katie; the new Gringa at my office, Toño; her Chilean boyfriend, and a group of his friends; who are also Chilean. I was so glad they invited me, because I’ve been wanting to see more of the nightlife of Santiago, but again, I don’t feel supper comfortable going out … More Candelaria
Today I’ve officially been in Santiago for one month! I can’t believe it’s been that long. I still feel like such a tourist. Alejandra and I met for coffee yesterday so she could check up on me and see how I was doing. Her first question was, “What have you seen in Santiago so far?” … More Café con piernas (with legs) and Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie)
When I first found out that I was going to Santiago, I constructed a bucket list of things I absolutely wanted to see while I was here. Of course I based this list on what I’d read in guidebooks about Chile, and didn’t think about the fact that Chile is about 4,000 miles long, and … More The (Revised) Chile Trip Bucket List: 5 MUST-See Places
It finally feels like spring in Santiago! Last week I was sort of in a slump. Maybe it was the freezing cold weather, or maybe it was the fact that nearly everyone I know (that’s a small group of people) left town for the holidays. For whatever reason, I started getting really homesick (and actually, … More Primavera: a turning point
Today I went with my host family to a Fonda in Vitacura. A Fonda, for those of you who don’t know, is a huge outdoor festival with lots of food, music, games, rides and Cueca dancing! These things are huge! And they’re basically just an explosion of national pride and traditional Chilean culture, which meant … More I’m fonda’ Fondas!
You know that old expression, “That’s as American as apple pie”? Well it turns out that Chileans have their own version of this phrase: “Eso es más chileno que mote con huesillos!” or “That’s more Chilean than mote con huesillos!” Since the National Holliday was this week, mote con huesillos have been everywhere! So of … More More Chilean than Mote con Huesillos
Today is Chile’s National Day and I have to say, these people really know how to celebrate! I think we should borrow a few of these traditions come July 4th. My host “Mamá” and I went to her Son’s house for a huge BBQ (Keep in mind that the temperature has been in the 40s … More How to Celebrate Chile in 4 Easy Steps!