Noche Buena

Noche Buena

In Chile, Christmas Eve is known as Noche Buena. This is the night that Christmas is celebrated with family, usually with a big meal and gifts for the children brought during the night by St. Nick, who is known as Viejito Pascuero. In years past, I’ve had...
Am I Chilean Yet?

Am I Chilean Yet?

A couple of years ago, the Matador Network published an article called “20 Signs that You’re Culturally Chilean.” I wrote a blog post about it, claiming a few of the signs for myself. I found my old blog post and now I wonder if I’ve adopted...
The Lolo

The Lolo

Apartment living has its advantages and its challenges. The apartment I’m in is owned by a friend. It’s in a nice building, a comfy apartment with a partial view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s also in a university area, which means that it’s...
¡Viva Chile!

¡Viva Chile!

Can you spot the gringa? Last Monday, September 18, was Chile’s national holiday, Fiestas Patrias. It’s usually celebrated with friends and family. Often, there’s a barbeque involved. Other than going to doctor visits, I had not been leaving the...
Resonance

Resonance

Since I’ve been here in Chile this time, I’ve been invited to three birthday parties, plus hosting my own. Mine began at gringo time, 7:30. So when I got the invitation to a party that began at 10:00pm, I knew that I would have to decline. Even after...

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