Dear friends and loyal followers, It took me quite awhile to recover from the Peace Corps reunion in Washington on September 24, the subject of my last posting on this blog. But we are about to head south to Santiago again, on January 12, for
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PEACE CORPSSaturday, September 24, 2011 was a great day for those of us who served in the Peace Corps in Chile. Under a threatening sky, over 220 returned Volunteers from throughout the country gathered at the invitation of the Embassy of
Tomorrow, May 5, 2011, in Santiago, Chile, there will be an event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Instituto Forestal, the Chilean government’s forests, forest products, and forest industries research center. 1961, as it turns out, was truly a year filled
“We are never satisfied with a response to a disaster, because it is, after all, a disaster”.* To retrace the route I took alone about a year ago, the day before the earthquake, Gerry and I left Dichato, drove inland a bit through Coelemu and
“We are never satisfied with a response to a disaster, because it is, after all, a disaster”.* Driving down the Pan-American highway across the Maipo Valley, as you leave the snarl and smog-producing Santiago traffic, you can’t help but feel the tension release from the
Finally, I have met Naya. Attempting to meet Nadeschda Del Rio is really why I ended up tossed out of bed, onto the floor at 3:34 AM in the Hotel Alonzo de Ercilla over a year ago in Concepcion, Chile, during that terrible 8.8 earthquake.
When I was a young man, serving with the Peace Corps in Chile, I discovered “Jauja”! I remember once standing on the rocky shore of Lago Villarrica in southern Chile, looking out over that beautiful emerald lake with the smoking, snowcapped volcano in the background.
[ NOTE: At times a blog becomes quite personal as it is being written even though it may not have started out that way. This is one of those. DJ] I grew up as a young boy without the benefit of one of life’s most
At the start of the 21st century, Chileans were in the process of recovering their government and their collective sanity after way too many years of internal struggle, but there was a feeling that they were moving too rapidly and too completely away from the
Chile and Chileans have modernized a huge amount in the past 40 years, but what persists with characteristic Chilean determination is their strong link back to a time when rural life was more the norm and rural customs prevailed. In spite of the fact that