Post 10: Goodbye Chile and The Topics I Didn’t Cover
So along with being the last day of 2012, today is the last full day I have in Chile. I am here now with my USA family: my parents and my two brothers. We are so excited to be here, having traveled to Santiago and Pucon before returning to my “hometowns” of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. They have met my Chilean family, climbed a Volcano, and ate as many typical Chilean foods as they could. It’s been a great week and I have really enjoyed showing them my adopted home.
But instead of talking about their visit, or how much I’m going to miss Chile and don’t want to leave, I’m going to make a list. Looking back at this blog I am happy about it but there are so many more things that I didn’t get to cover. Here is a list of topics that each could have occupied an entire post:
- Dancing/Music: Chileans love to dance!! Whether it’s salsa, reggaeton, or the traditional cueca, they love to incorporate rhythm into their lives. Latin Music is also great, check out this and this to get started.
- Dogs: Chile is home to literally millions of street dogs, who run wild, scaring some people and making others laugh. It is impossible to walk on the beach, or in the city, and not encounter at least a few.
- Politics: This is obviously a hard topic to cover, but Chileans are passionate and divided about their political ideas, and have a divisive dictatorship in their recent history. This semester there was a mayoral election and I have never seen so many campaign signs.
- Parties: Valparaíso is one of the nightlife capitals of Chile and I experienced firsthand the dominant youth culture that had their own slang, habits, and ideas.
- Economics: I’m an econ minor, and Chile is an extremely interesting country to study just based on its industries. It’s developing at one of the fastest rates in the world but is still a hugely unequal society.
- More sights in Viña and Valpo: Although I’ve given summaries of these cities, the hidden cafes I’ve discovered and the museums and gardens I’ve visited are also super cool and deserve a mention.
- Wine/Drinks: In my food posts, I neglected to mention that Chile has amazing wine and a delicious liquor called Pisco. Pisco sours are the best!
- SO MANY MORE: I have been constantly fascinated, challenged, and in love with the place I have been living for nearly six months. I will miss it more than I can say.
Chao Chile, que te vayas suuuuper bien, y nos vemos una otra vez pronto.
Goodbye Chile, I hope you will be soo good, and I’ll see you again soon.