Tag Archives: Santiago

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

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

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

Chile – Macarena Quezada

Chile – Macarena Quezada

Macarena Quezada enjoys travelling almost as much as she loves food.  She moves around as often as she can.  As a new mom, she’s now waiting for her baby to be old enough to travel by her side. And yes, it’s Macarena like the song, but no, she’s not named after the song. It’s theContinue 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

Chile – Sara Joiko

Chile – Sara Joiko

Sara Joiko is a sociologist dedicated to education issues in Chile and the world. I was born in…..Santiago, the capital city of Chile, I have spent most of my life in….Santiago, and now I live in…..Singapore. My favourite local films are…..Machuca (2004) and El Chacotero Sentimental (The Sentimental Teaser, 1999). The first film is the story of twoContinue Reading

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