As you may know already, I've left Chile - but I'm still writing. In particular, I will be writing about development issues as part of the Th!nk About It competition. My stuff is here.
See you there.
I’m in Europe now; how I wish I could have witnessed the event!
The tragic earthquake in Haiti hit at about the same time, so the election was less present in the international news than it could have been. It’s quite a big deal, really. Whilst the European media loved commenting the “leftist wave” sweeping Latin America, Chile is now taking a very different route.
I was in Rio de Janeiro the other day (yes). It was shortly after the International Olympic Committee announced that the Cidade Maravilhosa would host the 2016 Summer Games - the first ever in South America. It made people merry, and rightly so. (Especially companies specialised in printing large banners like the one I photographed.
Or maybe you did, because you're a refined and cultured piola reader, but since I didn't know before flying there, I will assume you didn't either.
1. Easter Island, a.k.a. Rapa Nui, the most remote inhabited island on Earth, is located some 3700 km off the Chilean coast, and belongs to the Chilean Valparaiso region.
2. It's getting cheaper to go.
You may have noticed my posting has been minimal lately. Mostly, that's because I've been filled with beautiful, and at times overpowering emotions. They've kept my inner observer too busy exploring my feelings to note anything meaningful about the outside world.
Santiago is rainy. Chile watches football and keeps its breath until La Roja gets its ticket to the 2010 World Cup.
In Chilean supermarkets, the cashier always asks clients to make a small donation to charity. For instance: if she has to give you 817 pesos change, you'll donate 7 pesos to charity and get 810 pesos back. Most clients, myself included, agree to donating.
At night, most (male) taxi drivers in Santiago wait at the door to check that I get into my house alright before driving off. I thought this was a business decision: in case I've forgotten my keys or something, I may need an extra ride. My girlfriends think it's just to make sure I get home safely. Which is sweet.
I mean, famous in the rest of the world, and I mean, apart from Michelle of course?
So OK, there's Fernando Gonzalez. He lost to Ferrero in the 3rd round of Wimbledon, but made it to Roland Garros's semi-final and is still #10 in the ATP ranking. Go Fernando.
Speaking of tennis, there's also Marcelo Rios, but he retired years ago, so he doesn't really count.