Author Archives: Sara Joiko

The birth of a butterfly – ‘crin’ weaving in Rari Chile

The birth of a butterfly – ‘crin’ weaving in Rari Chile

In a small rural village called Rari in the Chilean municipality of Colbún, in the Maule region (300 km south of Santiago), you will find the most beautiful butterflies that you’ve ever seen, with the brightest colors and the most defined lines. They are not, however, the type of butterflies you are probably familiar with;Continue Reading

Manjar: the perfect lover

Manjar: the perfect lover

Recently I discovered that Chileans share with other Latin Americans a guilty pleasure for a sweet thing that we Chileans call “manjar”. In other countries such as Argentina it is known as “dulce de leche”, or milk sweet. If you search for the word “manjar” in the official Spanish language dictionary (http://www.rae.es/), it states thatContinue Reading

Torres del Paine – the 8th Wonder of the World

Torres del Paine – the 8th Wonder of the World

One of my last encounters with the amazing nature of my country, Chile, happened just a few months ago. I had the opportunity to visit the recently declared 8th Wonder of the World: Torres del Paine National Park for the first time of my life. And I am almost 30. This is the first, andContinue Reading

Thelonious: Jazz and food, improvised

Thelonious: Jazz and food, improvised

Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the best of the 20th Century. For Santiaguinos (people from Santiago), Thelonious is also the name of a restaurant and music venue that combines live jazz and food. It is located in a neighbourhood called Bellavista in downtown, where you can findContinue Reading

Manquehue: Place of Condors

Manquehue: Place of Condors

November 2007. My boyfriend’s first birthday since we first got together. I wanted to plan something different, something special. We were still college students at the time, so money was not a resource that we had. What was availabe, then? Time and energy, the usual resources during college years. So I decided we would celebrateContinue Reading

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