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Piñera and Guillier to the Runoff

Piñera and Guillier to Runoff Election December 17!! The headline on Monday morning November 20 was not surprising. Ex-President Sebastian Piñera, with his coalition of the right (Chile Vamos) was expected to lead the voting in the first round of this presidential election. And Alejandro

Chilean Presidential Election; First Round Sunday

 Campaigning for the election of Chile’s next President has ended. On Sunday, as many as six million voters will decide whether one of the candidates is to be elected in this first round of voting. For this to come about, one of the eight official

Sebastián Piñera; President of Chile, Again?

I was leaving a presentation at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, by Sebastián Piñera, one of eight declared candidates for President of Chile. A young Chilean walking out next to me offered the following: “You know, this guy is very similar to your President

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

A Morning at Santiago’s Plaza de la Constitución

Every year I visit Chile. And I always try to visit the Plaza de la Constitución, a large public opening to the north of the Chilean government’s presidential palace, La Moneda, to take in the majesty and historical vibes of this special place. There is

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