Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

It seems that I’m a bit of a late bloomer. I’ve now been in Chile for four months, and haven’t done much travelling out of Santiago. I haven’t visited the sites in the south, Easter Island, Argentina or Brazil that I know I “must see” – before you start, I have already had to handle the shocked reactions of the locals, so please do your best to hold back your gasps ;). I myself thought I would have travelled more by now, but it’s just been the way things have turned out with my travel companions and their plans changing. So my travel plans keep getting put off to later.

This being said, I have done a lot of exploring around Santiago. I feel like I know the whole city, every subway line, from one end to another. I just have one more site to visit next Saturday, (Bio Bio) after which I feel as though I will know Santiago inside and out.
Despite my lack of travel out of the city, in a strange twist of affairs last Saturday I found myself in Calera de Tango, which is in the country side outside Santiago, taking part in a true cultural experience with a large Chilean family.

I recently made the giant leap of changing my relationship status. This is something I had been wanting to put off for as long as possible, because last year I left a very long-term and serious relationship with a guy I really respect and admire. I personally think there should be a long downtime between relationships of that level, primarily for mental and emotional health and strength. Not to mention respect for the other party and their family. But here I am in what seems to be the starting of a relationship, a lot sooner than I had planned, and one across a different culture with a guy that is younger than me too. I had originally just been wanting a friendship and a bit of fun, but somehow I have found myself in something more.

When my pololo (Chilean word for boyfriend) invited me to a family event on the weekend I was in mixed minds. In one mind I was thinking, “yay a trip out of the city to spend time doing authentic Chilean things!”, and  in the other “ahh, a whole day with my boyfriend’s family, I’m not ready to commit to a whole family, runnnnn Forest, run”. His family are lovely though, and as I later learnt, they really know how to party.

After a discussion with a persuasive man, I was on a bus on my way to Calera de Tango to experience a traditional Chilean family afternoon. I am so glad I took my camera. It was like something I have only seen in movies. Red wine, bread, chili, passionate uncles and aunties, barbeque, performances, dancing – almost like a scene from an Italian movie, but Chilean style.

I am feeling so charmed by Chilean culture. I love how social things are done here. Hopefully these photos will give you a little peak into the richness of family and culture in Chile. It truly is something spectacular.

One very long family table

Empanadas – a Chilean pastry.


A large BBQ

Me with Rodrigo (left) and his cousin (right).

The house was like a museum with so many spectacular antiques

Young and old dance – it’s the culture, how cool is that! P.s they really know how to dance!

A few still hard at work in the kitchen

There was a regional power cut during the night, but that didn’t stop the fun. Musical instruments and torches were used instead.

Even the young men got in on the performances. I’m sure what they were singing, but everyone was laughing. The whole thing was quite an incredible experience. I hope the photos did it justice.


1 Comment

  1. //Import from FacebookApp//
    Amanda!Las fotos están preciosas! creo que pondré una de ellas en mi perfil de facebook 😀 Saludos
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · October 2, 2011 at 8:44pm

    Ansu Singh · Victoria University of Wellington
    Oh Mandy!!love every word you wrote in your blog 🙂 and your status change!it all about living life and feeling that special little feeling that someone special makes you feel 🙂 yeah!to the wonders of love and life itself!so happy to see you happy! Xxx
    Reply · 1 · Unlike · Follow Post · September 27, 2011 at 8:07am

    Amanda Jasmine Williamson · Director at Amanda Jasmine Photography
    Thanks Ansu! Life really is a journey isn’t it!
    P.s time for Skype soon? 🙂
    Reply · 1 · Like · September 27, 2011 at 10:54am

    Ansu Singh · Victoria University of Wellington
    Oh!!and love the photos to!all part of the beautiful story 🙂 xx
    Reply · 1 · Unlike · Follow Post · September 27, 2011 at 8:08am

    Nancy Shah
    Really glad to see you find happiness again, love seeing your photos and adventures in Chile.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · September 27, 2011 at 5:30am

    Amanda Jasmine Williamson · Director at Amanda Jasmine Photography
    Hello Nancy! It is so wonderful to hear from you!! Thanks so much for the comment. Chile really is an adventure – in more ways than I had expected too! 🙂 I hope you Rushabh and the family are doing well! 🙂


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