Sunday, January 25, 2009

I really do love Chile...

I feel like recently I have had kind of a negative attitude to my cultural experiences here in Santiago...what does that mean? That some things are driving me crazy! Getting shoved onto the subway in the morning, all public transportation in general and of course that silly calefont! But yesterday on my daily 13 minute walk from my house to Pablo´s, I thought about all the things I really do LOVE about Chile and thought I would make a list for you!

1.) Foggy/smoggy mornings. I love it when it decides to be cool in the morning but I also love it when you can see the Andes and Santiago´s skyline.

2.) Once. (Pronounced on-say) This is what Chileans eat instead of dinner or supper--generally a cup of herbal tea, Ecco or in my case Milo (hot coccoa) with bread and butter and if you are lucky, some manjar. I don´t know why, but this is my favorite meal of the day!

3.) Kids playing in the street. Almost every single day there are kids playing soccer in the street. The street are narrower here and not so full of traffic and the kids will play for hours and hours outside. If there aren´t enough for two teams, then just kicking the ball back and forth will do. And the soccer ball is always one that has been used for years now and doesn´t even look like a soccer ball anymore!

4.) Attending church here. There are a few crazy members in every ward that make my Sunday´s just a little more interesting. Oh, gotta love how blunt Chileans are!

5.) Asado. Americans think that they know how to do barbeques but they do NOT. Unless you have half a pig, cow, a few chickens and chorizo on your grill (coal not propane) then you don´t understand!

6.) El Centro. Downtown Santiago where I work is one of my favorite parts. Pablo and I could walk around looking at shops, eating Mote con Huesillo and watching crazy people all afternoon. This was something new to me since this part of Santiago wasn´t in my mission. I wish I could fully describe how fun and entertaining this part of Santiago really is.

7.) Watching subtitled movies in the theater. Last night we went to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and because the movie was subtitled, everyone would start laughing before Brad Pitt had said the punch line (because they had already read it)

8.) I love how after a long, hot day everyone is outside enjoying the coolness of the evening. You can always seem to find a good bargain for a completo or papas fritas and all the old people sit outside and talk until it is finally time to go to bed.

These are just a few of the things I love about Santiago--if you have some others, add them to the list!


Katy said...

Your descriptions are amazing, makes me wish with all my little girl heart that we could up and go on a great adventure to Chile!!!!! Sounds like a movie!!

Anonymous said...

About #5 - Asado. If you think Americans don't know how to Barbeque, you haven't been to Texas! Come see us when you get back to the States, and we'll show you some real Texas BBQ.

Congratulations on your engagement, you look really happy.

Campbell Family said...

I have a love/hate relationship with Chile. I love it because you and Pablo live there and I hate it because it's taking you two away from us. hmmm. I don't think that makes any sense, but to me it does!

Michelle said...

Chile sounds like such an awesome place to be in! I love the subtitles for the movies, I like to subtitles so I don't miss a thing!

Kurt and Kristy said...

I think its always hard to live in a new place but Im glad you are seeing the good in it!! Looks like Pablo isn't the only reason you like living there!! ;)

Ami Paulsen said...

Well; now I'm jealous. I wish I were in Chile. Not because we have 85 feet of snow here or anything. Just think of me freezing to death in the cold tundra of Utah while you're sunbathing on a Chilean beach in your skimpy pink two-piece. You lucky perro you.

Elicia said...

Yum! I love love love once and papas fritas!!!!!

Brian and Carly said...

Okay. Could you rub in the homesickness anymore. SNIFF SNIFF. Its a love hate relationship.