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CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE

CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE

The other night I was walking back home and Santiago felt like ghost town. It was very VERY cold (zero degrees), but even so will usually find a lot of people walking around the Providencia area at this time, as it’s a neighborhood with a lot of offices, commerce and restaurants. Suddenly, loud screams coming from allContinue Reading

Terremoto: Drinking an Earthquake

Terremoto: Drinking an Earthquake

In my lifetime, I have lived through two major earthquakes; the first in 1985, and the second in 2010. During the first, I was certain that the earth was moving because a giant was walking towards the city. I remember holding my mother’s hand while staring at a big glass lamp crushing against the ceilingContinue Reading

Back in Santiago

Back in Santiago

I’ve recently returned to my hometown Santiago, Chile after being away for a couple of years. Being away has made me realize some things that I once took for granted. First: the Andes. See above. They are huge! Majestic mountains that can be seen almost from anywhere in Santiago, and provide a sense of orientation that isContinue Reading

Nicanor Parra Sandoval – 100 Years

Nicanor Parra Sandoval – 100 Years

People often say that Chile is a “land of poets”, and then point out that two Nobel laureates in literature have been Chilean: Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971). Indeed, they are the most popular and internationally known poets from Chile, but there are many more. One of them is Mr. Nicanor Parra Sandoval.Continue Reading

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

Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is a beautiful small city located in the Region de los Lagos (Region of the Lakes) of Chile. Situated right next to the Llanquihue Lake and right in front of the Osorno Vocano, this city is quite special. During the mid 1800s, the Chilean government promoted colonization of the southern regions of theContinue 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

Easy Chilean empanadas

Easy Chilean empanadas

I had been struggling for ages to find the perfect empanada recipe. I’d tried making them several times, but I’d never been complete happy with the result: the dough was too hard, the filling was too dry, the flavor was not great… Many countries have their own variation of the empanada (folded wheat dough withContinue Reading

Oh, the bread of Chile

Oh, the bread of Chile

Bread, you rise from flour, water and fire. […] How simple you are, bread, and how profound! Fragment, Oda al Pan, Pablo Neruda, in Odas Elementales   Today I woke up wishing I could eat avocado on a toasted marraqueta.  The mashed salty avocado spread over a soft crunchy bun… it’s just heaven.  I missContinue 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

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