Chileanidad 2012

Chileanidad 2012

October is well underway. Marking the end of what may well be the best month in Chile. September is the time where young and old join together, wave flags, drink and eat copious amounts, and party like it’s New Year’s Eve.  So as we in Chile welcome October and the coming summer months, we also say goodbye to…. terremotos (amazing, yet potent Chilean drink), the cueca (the national dance of Chile), never ending meat, horses in the city, crowds of people waving flags, everything cowboy-isk, more meat, horses dancing with women, ponchos, hats, and a string of public holidays. (more…)

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

It’s surreal walking around my neighbourhood today. Broken glass is sprayed everywhere, fresh spray-paint appears on the sides of otherwise familiar buildings, and fires burn in the middle of the street. The ciaos continues in the traffic as the lights lay broken (more…)

‘Twas the night before Christmas eve’s eve…

‘Twas the night before Christmas eve’s eve…

‘Twas the night before Christmas eve’s eve…  1am in the morning. My flatmate ventured outside to put out rubbish and we discovered that the road had been blocked off and neighbours were drinking “Cola de Mono” and eating “Pan de Pascua”. The music (above) was playing in the street, young and old laughing and mingling. Clearly, Chileans know how to party. (more…)

Britney Spears and vineyards

Britney Spears and vineyards

I saw Britney Spears live in concert last night, ahhh (imagine the screaming of a crazed fan). I wouldn’t say I could be awarded the “crazed” fan status, but I’m certainly your average, I like her music for the gym and dancing, kind of fan. To be honest, I didn’t pay that much attention to the media stream of Britney Spears until they started calling me “Britney” at the gym, and then at Mauy Thai. I like to think that I look like her, because really, who doesn’t want to be compared to a super hot international pop star. (more…)