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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura May 2nd 2019

So April 23rd marks 8 full months that we have been in Chile…it is also probably 2-3 months longer than I think I have ever been away from Canada before, so the topic of homesickness is on my mind. My previous longest stretch was probably 6 months back in 2001, when I spent a semester abroad “studying” in Sweden (quotations author’s own)…admittedly, with this experience I am working harder, and probably drinking less, despite the more reasonable prices for alcohol in Chile vs Sweden, adjusted for inflation…actually, you may not even have to adjust for inflation. Anyhoo… I think I mentioned to someone that homesickness goes in waves. There can be days or weeks where I think nothing about it, and I have no issue with the fact that we are here, and life is different, ... read more
It's Fall right now...
Smielle

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura December 28th 2018

First off, I want to apologize…I want to apologize for not posting in a while, which, while not only being presumptuous that I am apologizing, in that I believe you actually read my blog, it is also incredibly egotistic, in that it also assumes that your life has been less fulfilling lately, as you have not been able to read the silky yarn that spins from my keyboard, However, fear not, I am about to write things and speak ill of the country that is my current home! +Ahem+ Anyway…so this is Christmas. And what have we done? We sweated like a bunch of…well…sweaty Canadians whose bodies were wondering why it was still 32 degrees at 7pm on Christmas Day. So…profusely. It may have also had something to do with the camping stove Fondue we had ... read more
Lookout!
Cannonball!
Fondue

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura October 30th 2018

What an existential title right? It was either this, or my second idea for a title was how the f*ck does electricity work anyway, because really, I have no idea. But I figured, I really wanted to hook those deep thinkers in the crowd, or maybe just the philosophy majors. So relating to that title of the post, an important event of the last few weeks was…cue “Celebrate Good Times” from Kool and the Gang…our shipment arrived from Canada! And I have to say, as much as I loved that little leather white couch being our only piece of furniture in our living room, man is it great to have our stuff. About a week and a half ago our things made it through customs and came to our house. Many thanks to Steph and her ... read more
Una historia de amour
Sanutario de la Naturalizad del Arroyo
A young Chilean Professional

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura September 22nd 2018

I am at the point at the moment, where I feel like I wish someone would just stab me with a vegetable...like, it’s really about time that I just mixed in a salad. Something green, leafy and fresh. This week, for the dieciocho celebrations (independence day) it’s been like BBQ-palooza, and having just returned from another, full of delicious meats, I should maybe head right downstairs and eat a head of lettuce...I feel sorry for whoever brought the vegetable dishes as it was a pot luck today...they looked very lonely. Somehow though, I get the sense that Chileans feel like they invented BBQ...like guys, I hate to break it to you, but there’s sausage on bread in Canada too... And apart from eating meat, we did manage to score ourselves some cars and even a bank ... read more
View into our yard to Cerro Manquehue

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura September 13th 2018

I suppose there a little things about everywhere you go and make you stop and go “wait, are you serious?” And so I don’t know if I mentioned this, but next week is the Fiesta Patrias in Chile (Father Party?) which is to celebrate when back in 1810 Bernard O’Higgins chased the Spanish out of Chile...and maybe they then drank green beer, but I doubt it, but all I know is that the country is shutting down next week for holidays. So its a little bit like St Patrick’s, but without the Irish, and with Chileans, and three times as long (there’s three days off). So that’s not the thing that made me go “wait, are you serious?” - as a Canadian, I think we could probably use three days off to celebrate the birth of ... read more
Our Chilean house

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura September 9th 2018

So Friday contained a bit of excitment, mostly because we are living in a bit of an empty house, with mostly rental furniture...but our air shipment arrived! Essentially with the expat assignment you get to take a few hundred pounds of your things, and throw them on an airplane which arrives much quicker than your ship shipment (shippy mcshiperson?), so that you have some ”crucial things” when you first get there - the ship shipment only arrives in a month. So it was nice to get a bunch or our things that we had said goodbye to about two weeks ago when the moving company had packed it up. And it’s amazing how much you forget what you threw on that airplane a few weeks back - I was cracking open boxes like it was Christmas! ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura August 30th 2018

If you look up culture shock, it supposedly goes in four stages. Honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and finally, acceptance. I was not sure how long it would take to get to frustration, but I can certainly say that we got there today. Perhaps frustration is not the word, or perhaps frustration and overwhelmed are the two words, that I am looking for and feeling right now. We got our house yesterday, which was supposed to be in move-in ready condition. One of the things that I suppose was overlooked was that there was no gas in the tank to heat the house/water (yes, it is heated by a tank). So not necessarily move-in condition, and something I suppose we should have asked more about...not that we did not know that that was the heating situation, but you ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura August 24th 2018

I have to be honest...grocery shopping for me, at the best of times in Canada, is very challenging. Coming at the end of our first day in Chile, running on about 3 hours of sleep, having just arrived that morning after a two-leg, 20 hour airplane journey with our two sleep deprived daughters, the odds were against a trip to Jumbo to pick up supplies going well. Things were off to a rough start too when we stopped in the produce section, and find out that you actually have to line up behind a bunch of other grumpy supermarket goers to get each bunch of fruit or vegetables you’ve just picked weighed and priced by a single worker before you actually could pay...I figured there was no hope. I’m sure Steph also saw the forlorn look ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura November 23rd 2013

Today's highlight was lunch at Mestizo's. This restaurant is located at the beginning, or maybe the end, of the Parque Bicentenario which is a recently built park that borders one section of the city, with the hills behind it. It was built for the bicentennial celebration and is a very nice park, which promises to be fabulous once all the young trees grow. It is several miles long, with one of the boulevards running along it, and residential buildings facing it. I've told you that all the buildings here have balconies, and lots of glass. How can they not? All it takes is looking outside to have beautiful mother nature in front of your eyes. How could not everyone be atuned to outdoors here? This time there was no snow on the mountain tops. Laine told ... read more
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South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Vitacura January 25th 2013

Iš hostelio išsiregistruoti reikia 11 ryto, bet daigtus galima palikti iki 4 valandos, tad atsikėlęs susidedu visus daigtus ir juos palikęs hostelyje išeini pasivaikščiot po miestą. Laukiu iš CSerio žinutės su jo adresu, kad galėčiau pas jį apsistoti. Taigi pavaikštau po miestą ir apie 4 val. grįžtu į hostelį pasiimti daigtų. Pasiėmu kuprines ir iškeliauju į miestą, žinutės lauksiu ten. Randu internetą prakybos centre ir po geros valandos gaunu žinutę, kad jis manęs negali priimti dėl šeimyninių problemų. Tai tikrai labai apmaudu, bet nieko nepakeisi... ieškau kito hostelio kuriam galėčiau apsistoti. Randu kitą hostelį ir keliauju iki ten, šis šiektiek brangesnis nei pirmasis, bet atrodo kompanija čia linksmesnė susirinkus. Sėdu prie interneto ir bandau dėliotis toliau savo kelionę, ieškoti varinatų kur apsistoti likusias dienas, o gal va... read more
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