Alternative Facts

Alternative Facts

Recently, I joined a new Facebook group for female travelers over 40. I was surprised when I discovered another member from Chile. We started communicating and realized that we’re in the same city. This never happens to me. Usually, I’m the Lone Ranger...
Dulce o Travesura

Dulce o Travesura

The first year that I lived in Santiago, Chile, I was invited to a Halloween party. My Spanish was rudimentary then. I remember how awkward I felt, being the only non-native Spanish speaker in the room. Most of the evening, I didn’t know what was going on....
Hello…and How Are You

Hello…and How Are You

“¿Cómo aprendiste tu inglés?” I turned to look at the small boy standing next to me on the Metro train. How did you learn English? He had obviously been listening to me and my friends speaking in English. “Just like you learned Spanish,” I told...
Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

A week ago Wednesday, I got up early in Santiago and took the Metro out to the bus station. My friends in the Quinta Región of Chile had invited me to visit for the day. Actually, they would have been happy if I’d agreed to stay for several days, but I had...
The Wake-Up Call

The Wake-Up Call

Night before last, I barely got a wink of sleep. I’d gone to bed at a reasonable hour, engrossed in a book I was reading. The last time I looked at the clock, it was 1:38am. Just as I was drifting off to dreamland, my upstairs neighbor came home. She (I’m...

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