A Million Sticky Kisses

A Million Sticky Kisses

The Chilean school year will be starting soon, so I’m taking this opportunity to post an excerpt from my memoir, A Million Sticky Kisses. It’s about my first day at school in Santiago, Chile. From A Million Sticky Kisses: “Peter, who had picked me up...
Fascination

Fascination

When I was a child, I had a little jewelry box. It had a wind-up music box in it. When you wound the key and then opened the box, a plastic ballerina danced around in a circle and the music box played a waltz entitled “Fascination.” I had no idea of the...

Not Just Lunch

When is lunch not just lunch? When you’re in Chile, of course. The custom here is to eat an enormous lunch. And if you’ve been invited to someone’s home, it’s never just lunch. There is always sobremesa, after-meal table chat, which can last until...
Visit with El Viejito

Visit with El Viejito

I have rarely spent Christmas in Chile. One of my neighbors has hung a Christmas wreath on the apartment door, but I can’t get into the spirit in 90º+ heat. When I think about it, I grew up in and spent a lot of years living in places where it was warm at...
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...

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