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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

Chile 50 Years Past

Exactly half a century ago, a special collection of 75 university seniors were beginning the last year of their very sheltered, structured academic lives, soon to be faced with a decision that would tattoo their lives forever: enter military service, or do something that provided an armed

From Rio Calle Calle to Lago Pirihueico

Now that a hard-surfaced byway has been opened from Valdivia directly east to Los Lagos, a superb road trip across the spectacular 14th Region of Chile, the Región de los Rios, is a journey worth taking. Valdivia is a special city, partly because the Spanish settlement, founded in 1552, was subsequently

Sideways 3; Chile

Sideways 3; Chile! The advertisement caught my eye and immediately piqued my interest. Was this for real? The idea of Miles and Jack in Chile really excited me. How had I missed this? Sideways, the movie, was fun, especially the intoxicating journey through California Pino Noir

Chanco; Between La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen

Within a period of ten days in early February, the spirits of two magical figures, La Candelaria and Guadalupe del Carmen, turn the small village of Chanco into “Celebration Center”, filling its streets with religious celebrants and aficionados of the Mexican ranchera. These two personalities seem,

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

Vacation time in Chile

You can feel the air being sucked out of Santiago. January is running out of days, and by the first of February, this teeming capital city will feel empty, and it will be, well, habitable for about a month. Santiago has too many people for

It’s January….Back to Chile

Chileans are obsessed with the issue of “equality”. While the past two decades of sustained economic growth have brought the number of Chileans in extreme poverty and the number of unemployed down to fairly respectable levels, the distribution of the fruits of the country’s development

A great year for Dave’s Chile

Dave’s Chile blog had a big time in 2014; you could even say it was transformative. At the end of 2013, and during the first three months of 2014, Dave’s Chile followed the campaign and election of the new president of Chile, Michele Bachelet. We reported that

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