6-month update

August 16th was our 6-month ‘anniversary’ of moving to Santiago, Chile. I figured it was about time to get back to this blog thing. First, we unintentionally ‘celebrated’ our 6-month anniversary by going to Valparaíso for the first time. Valpo, as the locals call it, is a coastal port town less than 2 hours from…

Random observations

1. Dogs are everywhere. Stray dogs. And boy are they smart! They even wait until the light is green to cross the street. A friend of mine also saw one get on a bus. 2. Chile is dusty. Santiago is rather dry since it almost never rains (except sometimes during the winter). So our apartment…

A Gringa perspective on the World Cup in South America

Watching the World Cup in South America has been an unforgettable experience. As an American, I never saw the excitement around the event, even though I played soccer for quite a few years. Let’s just say that dating a Brazilian and living in Chile has opened my eyes. It starts out as just wanting to…

Culture Shock.

Right now, today, I hate Chile. I hate Santiago. I want to go HOME. Welcome to culture shock.  Santiago is actually not that different from home. Sure, there are some subtle differences, and a few big ones, but mostly it’s comfortable and not drastically different from the US. But I am still experiencing a bit…

What we’ve been up to

Cadu and I have gone a couple excursions that I haven’t had a chance to blog about yet. So here they are! This is what we’ve been up to for the past month-ish. Pomaire Pomaire is a small village outside of Santiago. It takes about an hour to get there by bus. This is a…

Go ahead, wine a little

Chile is wine country! One of the greatest reasons for living here is wine: acres of vineyards, plenty of varieties, and mostly, the rare Carmenère red! We didn’t hesitate to start sampling 2,000 CLP bottles of wine (that’s the equivalent to <$4) and we’re not about to stop. Recently we took our taste-testing to a…