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A Rant, A Rave, and a Little Bit of Everyday Life

Experiences of a Newlywed Gringa Living in Chile

Work is a Four Letter Word

 So kids, about a month ago, I finally got my first Chilean job.

Since then, that job has been my life.

My goal in the end is to be a writer of some nature, as I have told you before. However, life happens and money is needed for said life, therefore I have to be realistic. I also was having a little bit of an issue with being in my house for extended periods of time. Yes, it was wonderful to be able to have a clean house and be with Felipe whenever I wanted to, but at the same time I was suffering a little. I needed to force myself out of my safe haven apartment bubble and go out, meet people, network, and put down a few more roots in my new home. Continue reading “Work is a Four Letter Word”

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Our First Thanksgiving in Chile

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday since I was very little. For me, it isn’t about the historical reasons for celebrating or the “Black Friday” aspect. It has always been the one day out of the year that my entire family would get together and have a nice dinner together, undistracted. It was the one day that I could see all my aunts, uncles and cousins at once. Being a part of a small family, it was a gathering of about 12 people at the most, and I always thought that it was wonderful. The food, of course, was also always delicious. Everything we make for Thanksgiving is only served that one day of the year, so it is always special to be able to have those holiday favorites. Continue reading “Our First Thanksgiving in Chile”

Five of the Most Difficult Things About Being an Expat

 Over the past 11 months that I have been living abroad, I have encountered a lot of difficulties. Lately, I have been encountering a few more, as life doesn’t seem to get any easier. I thought I would share with you what I believe to be the five most difficult things about being an expat. Continue reading “Five of the Most Difficult Things About Being an Expat”

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So, You Want to Move to Chile…

Finally, I am a resident of Chile and able to work after a long 4 months. I tell you, it is a relief to finally be done with the process. I am a worrier, and I don’t think I have had a good night’s sleep since this all began. I have learned a great deal through this process, however, and I would like to share some insight having recently suffered this ordeal. Continue reading “So, You Want to Move to Chile…”

18th of September and Some Great News!

Out of the doldrums and grey skies that is winter here in Chile comes a flurry of activity, springtime, and sunshine.

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Part of the family out in the sunshine!

The 18th of September in Chile is set aside to celebrate the anniversary of the first meeting of the government in Chile. Many believe that it is Chile’s independence day, but that is not officially until February. The 19th is the day to celebrate the armed forces, much like Veterans Day is for the States. Together, the days are called the “Fiestas Patrias.”

For schools, most people get a week of vacation, kind of like spring break. Workers get the 18th and 19th off no matter what, though many get much more. This year, Felipe got out of work at noon on Tuesday and didn’t have to go back to work until today. Yeah, a six-day weekend. Pretty cool, right? The reason is because if they only gave the day or the two days off, employers know that on Friday no one will show up. Or, if they do show up, it will most likely be late and hungover. Better to just take a couple extra days off for everyone rather than making everyone show up and get nothing done.

So, what do people do with so many days off? Parties and barbecues, my friends. Nothing but parties and barbecues for a week. There are ramadas everywhere, which are similar to a county fair with various stands, games, and lots and lots of alcohol. There are also free concerts that occur, and huge parties thrown by clubs and bars. Fondas are also set up in various locations, which have a variety of Chilean food to serve. You don’t have to look far or hard for a good time.

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Did I mention fresh, homemade empanadas are abundant during this holiday? Yum!

Felipe and I, this year, spent the 18th in Olmhue, a little farming town about 30 mins outside of Viña del Mar. We went over there on the 18th and stayed through Saturday. It was a blast being able to spend time with the family and play with my niece and nephew. We flew kites, played games, and cooked together the entire week. The weather was fabulous as well, in the 70s and warm. I have been craving sunshine, and I got my fill this weekend.

I also had my fill of meat. We had a barbecue of some nature literally every day from Tuesday through Saturday. I was raised on a cattle ranch, and let me tell you…too much. This week is going to be a detox with fruit and veggies. It was all so delicious, but come Saturday, I was craving some variation.

This week made me miss my family, though. I miss seeing them and being able to hang out with them. Not to mention that we were having so much fun this last week that I wished that they were a part of it! While I love Felipe’s family, they can’t replace mine. If only it wasn’t $1,500 per ticket…I could use a dose of togetherness.

In other news: I am officially a resident of Chile! On September 12, I went and sat for a few hours in the Extranjería and now have a visa stamp in my passport! The only thing I have left to do is get my ID Card, aka Carnet. The difficulty there is that the Registro Civil is on strike and not giving out any documents that are not considered an “emergency.” But, hopefully they will get that resolved soon. Really soon.

Celebrating in our Quincho on the 17th
Celebrating in our Quincho on the 17th

Things are looking up! I have applied for one internship, and I am working on getting a variety of resumes ready for sending to  employers. The job search is on! I am really feeling happy about it all. It seems as though things are finally falling into place after a lot of waiting.

Here is to hoping everyone else is having a wonderful day whether it be Fall or Spring wherever you are!

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