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5th March 2012

Que bonita!
Thank you for this beautiful post. Robert told us about the compadre and comadre celebrations. I'm so glad you were able to meet his family. Thank you Robert for hosting Ian. International friendship is an important aspect of peace in the world. We are all brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers (and Aunts.) Come visit US again Ian. Love, Aunt Libba
16th October 2011

getting political
I updated it for you
16th October 2011

So what are the politics of the campus? Left leaning, blend of liberal and conservative, etc.?
10th September 2011

Yummy. My stomach is growling jealously.
That looks incredible. Good insight on the tourist identification, white privilege problem.
From Blog: Mistura
10th September 2011

Dear Ian, This is an interesting and helpful post for others. I have a recipe from a magazine that sounded good, but I want to try it before giving to you. It's tofu/spinach/mushroom "meat"balls. We are trying to eat less meat, for the reasons you state. Keep the reports coming!
3rd September 2011

Honest Assessment
Great job, narrating Polvos Azules! Few foreigners have an opportunity to experience the "duty-free" shopping. You certainly brought to life the feeling of Polvos Azules.
From Blog: Polvos Azules
12th August 2011

From a Rural Mutual Man to a Ruralman : )
Hey !! Ian, you are there. Lima , Perú. How cool!! So how's the Diesel smell? Gosh! your blog reminds me when I was 14 years old and move to the big city of Monterrey and the day I went out with a cousin to learn the " rutas" de los camiones. You are describing my experience some... 36 years ago. It is amazing how they drive 6" apart in traffic. It is NUTS!! Is is so nice to hear from you. We'll be following you blog. Thanks for sharing in the experience. Be safe and.........TAKIYpants : )
5th April 2008

A couple comments on what you said about subsidized schools and all... my school is a subsidized school (the government gives the school money so that the kids' families only have to pay part of what they'd have to pay in a private school) and it's a really good school. And my classmates, at least, want to be all sorts of things; there are the lawyers and the engineers, but there are also cooks and musicians. Granted it's a music school. Though what I've heard about classes coincides with what you said - and they apply to a career in the university, which they get into based on grades. So they've got to know what they want to study before. Wouldn't "El Baile de los que Sobran" be more like "The Dance of the ones who're left over"?
From Blog: Cuasimodo
23rd November 2007

too bad for chile
that game totally sucked. paraguay is a good team, though, but unfortunately chile will not be able to redeem themselves until june, when the qualifiers begin again. good summary of transantiago. you grasp the system better than most santiaguinos i think. happy thanks giving!
From Blog: ¡Vamos Chile!
1st November 2007

also that's hilarious that they call emo kids pokemon since emo kids here watch pokemon
From Blog: Happy Halloween
1st November 2007

yah, here in Texas we used to share our food/drinks with everyone else and i'd walk around barefoot everywhere i went but now staff infection is sweeping through our entire state and has killed 3 highschoolers soooooo...we don't do that anymore^^ ofcourse im half joking half serious about that but you can never be to careful...what's the story of Little Jimmy?
From Blog: Happy Halloween
15th October 2007

Chileanisms? I'll let it slide. :) Talk to you later--miss you too.
From Blog: Here's to You
23rd September 2007

You talk about food mucho.
From Blog: esmerílemelo
22nd September 2007

las fiestas patrias
wow, it sounds like you had a great 18th! yes, it sounds like everything you did and described, from the food to the activities around the holiday, are common and correct. how i envy you! it sounds like you're from around the twin cities. i went to macalester in st. paul. anyway, the fruit in mote con huesillo is a dried peach. saludos.
11th September 2007

me gusta la gasolina....
i love your cat picture! reggaeton is NOT (i repeat, ¡NOT!) mexican. it's puerto rican and/or panamanian (there's a dispute). yes, chileans celebrate their independence as the 18th of september, 1810, the date when they formed the first "junta de gobierno" (governing committee or council, essentially), though independence was not achieved until 1818 (and not recognized by spain until 1844). i'm always amused at american history books listing chilean independence as 1818 when chile considers their independence to begin in 1810. the US only DECLARED independence on july 4 1776. they did not achieve independence until the treaty of paris on september 3, 1783. however, no one in the US seems to consider the 3rd of september 1783 as the date of US independence. ¿do you see where i'm going with this? as far as chilean chauvenism, there certainly are more clearly defined gender roles than in the US, but don't kid yourself. look at most families and in the US it is still women who do most of the house work (cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids) even when these mothers are educated and have a carreer. chile does, however, have the lowest female labor participation rate in the western hemisphere (meaning fewer chilean women work outside the home than anywhere else in america). torta simply means cake with frosting, in all it's various forms. however, if you go to a mexican restaurant and order torta, you will get a sandwich (mexico is the only country where torta means sandwich). anyway, good luck with the rest of your time in chile. i'm sure independence week will be a blast (don't eat or drink too much!).
From Blog: esmerílemelo
10th September 2007

Dear Ian, I love your comments. You do a great job of explaining food and cultural differences. Cameron made me a reggaeton CD because it was ubiquitous in the Bronx. I agree it's not much to listen to. When I lived in Mexico for a month I tasted a great cake that had custard poured onto which seeped into the holes. The food memories are among the strongest. We also ate mangos on shrimp forks and had fruit paste of membrillo with a piece of cheese on top. Nice to learn about different ways to teach and learn also. That will serve you well when you get to college. There you also have less homework. You are at an age to pay a lot of attention to what your learning style is. It will save you a lot of time to understand the fastest way to get information to "stick." I'm so proud of you and love you always. Aunt Libba
From Blog: esmerílemelo
21st August 2007

¿Dónde está Waldo?
sounds like a great trip, but after two posts, no one knows where in chile you are since you haven't said anything about WHERE you are. let us, the reading public, know. thanks!
From Blog: Settling in
7th August 2007

Hey, Ian--I'm glad everything's going so well. I found that in Spain, all the towns felt small. Part of it was that everything was so built up and tall, so we couldn't see past the buildings, and the feel made it seem as if there weren't very many people when there could have very easily been 200,000, and the size shocked me a few times. Anyway, have fun and don't freeze in the desert. :)
From Blog: en mi casa

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