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El Choropán: Bravo!

CHOROPÁN, the menu said. Well, I thought, these guys are not off to a very good start. A big mistake on the menu; it surely should have said CHORIPÁN, that well known sausage (chorizo) sandwich the Chileans borrowed several years ago from the Argentines. Our

Lago Panguipulli Embraces an Old Friend

Late summer days around Lago Panguipulli in southern Chile can be bright, crystal sharp, and quiet. Serene would be the best way to describe the day in early March when three buddies, from a Peace Corps group that arrived in Chile fifty years ago, shuffled

Maule and Santa Olga Will Rise Again

The region of Maule seems to have been placed in the center of long, narrow Chile to absorb the shock of the worst natural disasters that regularly affect the country; earthquakes, tsunamis, and now a mega fire. And smack in the middle of Maule, sat

Coipo Forestín Needs Help!!

For the past two weeks man-made wild fires have been running rampant through fields, forests, farms, and, oh no, vineyards in central Chile. Coipo Forestin is the fire fighting Smokey Bear counterpart in Chile, tirelessly urging Chileans and visitors to put out campfires and cigarette

From Roble & Coigue

De Pellin y Coihue ! the sign says atop the entrance to a most well-placed restaurant overlooking the shimmering waters of Lago Ranco in southern Chile. The name highlights the noblest of Chilean trees, the roble and the coigue, both members of the Nothofagus genus that

Chile, Trees, and The Peace Corps

A half century ago, the President of Chile, Eduardo Frei Montalva, inaugurated a massive national reforestation program, an important action leading to that country’s notable forestry sector development. President Frei announced this exciting program with an inspirational speech challenging the children of Chile to: “Protect the trees on your

The Pocuro Walk

Back in Santiago, it’s first things first. Until I have walked the pedestrian path that winds up Avenida Pocuro, one of the traditional Providencia Municipality’s major thoroughfares, I don’t feel like I have arrived in Chile. This is why I usually do the walk immediately

Time to Run; Off, Not Away.

Still feeling the effects of the afterburner singe of the US presidential election, we are quickly preparing our yearly escape to Chile driven by a greater than usual urge to get away. We’ve decided to leave earlier this year than usual, not so much as

Land of Empanadas and Vino Tinto

Salvador Allende, up to the day he lost his country and his life, extoled his socialist revolution in Chile as having “sabor de empanadas y vino tinto”, a home made form of socialism flavored with the taste of the ubiquitous Chilean meat turnovers and renowned red wine. Allende was but

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