Fiestas Patrias

Fiestas Patrias, or Dieciocho, is what Chileans call their national holiday. It is officially celebrated on September 18th (independence) and 19th (“Day of the Glory of the Armies”). Many schools and businesses will close for longer though, like the whole week in my case. This year the 18th and 19th were on a Thursday and…

Things I Miss

In no particular order… 1. my house. my room. my bed. carpeted floors and heat. basically everything about my house in general. 2. family obviously. my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews. 3. my bff Ashley. again, that’s obvious. 4. American food (and the corresponding prices). generally speaking, I don’t like Chilean food. 5.…

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…

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…