Goodbye, 2017

Goodbye, 2017

The new year is upon us, only a few hours away as I write this. I heard a story today that I want to share. The story is about a six-year old named Jenny. Jenny and her mother were at the store, waiting in the check out line, when Jenny spied a shiny pink box with a...
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...
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...
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....
¡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...

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