Archive - Enero 2015

Dumb Stuff the Gringa Says


There are real pros and cons to speaking another language. The pros are much talked about, but let’s get serious. Speaking (or attempting to speak) another language leaves you wide (I mean WIDE) open for riduclosity (I know that’s not a word–but it helps make my point!) Let me say that I’m no novice at Spanish. I feel pretty comfortable...

¿Cómo te llamaí? Nicknames in Chile

coke santa ana

El** Kike, Coke, and Vicho were hanging out with la Maite, la Coté, and la Chabelita before class. The bell rang, they took their seats, and the teacher calls out: Enrique (presente), Jorge (presente), Vicente (presente), and then continues… María Teresa, María José, María Isabel (most women in Chile seem to have double names that start...

How to piss off a Chilean


CHILEANS AREN’T SCREAMERS. I’ve seldom heard anyone yell anything, except in the name of soccer, and occasionally in a road-rage infused moment of frustration, and of course at education protests. Unless you include when people shout “ciclovía!” (bikepath) at me as I ride down the streets, no one has ever shouted at me. Chileans tend to...

I fell in love with my host brother

fell in love with host brother

When I went to the USA in August last year I had, like every other exchange-student-to-be, no thoughts except having a typical ”American year”. High school, new friends, get to experience the American culture and just have fun for a year. I had no idea that I was going to meet a wonderful guy, no less fall in love. You know how people say that...

15 Places to visit in Chile


I’ve seen lots of blogs about what to visit and see in Chile written by tourists. They have traveled a lot along the country and they have done an amazing job writing about it, however, I think the’ve missed so many cool places (and so, you have to visit many web sites to have an idea of what to do in Chile). So, from the mouth of a...