Chile is pretty much fantastic! I’m loving every second!
Today I had a cooking class and I made some chilean favorites, like empanadas and mote con huesillos (its like a peach dessert). I loved learning about how to make empanada dough! I hope to be able to make some when i get back home. Food is interesting here, for some reason everyone likes putting hardboiled eggs, olives, and raisins in a lot of their dishes (not just one of these, all of them at the same time) which to me is really strange, and quite honestly makes me a little sick (we had this potato casserole with meat and what was mentioned above two nights in a row now.. idk if i can do it again) but most of the food is really good and really fresh here. the fruit and vegetables are fantastic, and the cheese, the cheese is so good and NOT AVAILABLE IN THE US ughh. anyways…
I’ve explored so many historical parts of the city, including the pueblito de los dominicos, el cerro san cristobal, la moneda, and much more. its interesting to see how protected these places are, and how much of a catholic influence the country has. on the cerro de san cristobal i took this picture, it looks out over the ciudad
Everythings just so beautiful (even with all that smog over the city) its hard to believe i’m here still, in a whole different continent.
Also, for all my college/highschool friends, basically at least 1 alcoholic beverage per day here (lol) everyone wants to party! (don’t worry mom and dad, the past 2 nights i have been a good girl and stayed in and did homework!) but the drinks are CRAZY strong. ask for a rum and coke and they give you a bottle of cocacola and a glass filled halfway with rum. its nice to only have to pay for one drink a night but its hard to get down! I’m bringing back a nice white wine from the vineyard we went to (organic vineyard!), and hopefully a bottle of pisco! (its a type of hard liquor that isn’t available in the us for some reason, and its the best) only allowed to bring back two bottles tho
There are some things here that are kind of difficult to get used to, but its mostly because i’ve been a spoiled girl from the US all my life. I definitely have more appreciation for certain things in the states now that i’m here. i’ll list out the ones i want to get used to, and things i don’t think ill ever be able to
things that are different that i either like or could get used to
spontaneity: people really just do what they want when they want (if they’re not working or something) if you say you want to go to the mall, they’ll drop everything and go with you and make it an adventure, the same with a walk or ice cream. i hope to be more relaxed like this when i get back hom
no airconditioning: surprisingly not so bad, theres no humidity here so its not muggy
small spaces: my past dorms and apartments look huge compared to what i live in right now, and its not that bad
city life: i love it, theres always a new thing to see and a new thing to do, and getting around is really easy
theres no peanut butter anywhere: yea, the people who work at the supermarkets laugh every time i ask if they have it.
now for things i will probably never get used to (because i’ve lived in the US all my life)
“gringa gringa!” : every. single. male. here. wants. us. its creepy, i know its the culture, but its creepy how they cat call, whistle, honk their horns and even take pictures while in the city. its mostly because there is no variation in race here, everyone is chilean, and were the random white people who are stereotyped as rich pale and easy. we look different. side note, even the policia does it… yup
bathrooms: so this is pretty gross so you might want to skip this, but basically the pipes have not been updated to take toilet paper in them. so in my house, i have to throw it in the trash… yea…. i was kind of taken back when i got here. also in many places toilet paper is located outside the stall (why? because they’re trying to use less paper? who knows) so hopefully you don’t need more cuz you’re stuck with it once you go!
6 people sharing 1 bathroom: so my host mom not only cares for me and my roommate but a couple other girls from brazil. so her daughter, me and my roommate, and the 3 Brazilian girls share a bathroom. its difficult because hot water lasts maybe 10 minutes.
how people walk: this is more “i live on the north east coast problems” but no one understands the whole “walk like car traffic” thing or keep right. people don’t get out of the way, walk very slow and block sidewalks. i can’t even count how many people I’ve bumped into or had to try and maneuver around.
i hope to be writing more often, but its difficult to find time (or sleep) theres just so much to do, and not enough time to do it all.
I hope the cold isn’t too bad up there!