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She’s Back!!

Three years ago the outgoing President of Chile, Michele Bachelet, left the presidency, left Chile, and left behind a disaster not of her doing but one that challenged her country’s capacity, and her own, to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters to

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HOME AGAIN

HOME AGAIN Our annual arrival at Chile’s main international airport in Pudahuel, on the outskirts of Santiago, after all these years has become pretty routine. The efficient document revision in the immigration hall, purchase of two large bottles of single malt scotch in the duty

CHILE 2012

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

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Viva El Instituto Forestal!!

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

Mick and Cece in Chile

A year ago, Ximena and I waited expectantly in Santiago, Chile, for the two-week visit of our friends Mick and Cece. Mick is a friend from college and a Delta Upsilon fraternity brother of mine. Cece is a saint, mainly for staying with Mickey all

ADIOS 2010

We entered 2010 calmly planning our yearly trip to Chile. We were looking ahead at a presidential election, a two-week tour of the wine-producing regions on central Chile with Mick and Ceci, friends from Roslyn, NY, and way ahead to the Bi-centennial celebration in September.

“TIOS”

[ 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

“Viva Chile” Part 3: “18” Cuisine

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

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“Viva Chile” Part 2: Bicentennial “18”

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

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“Viva Chile” Part 1: The 18th of September

“Viva Chile!!” has filled the air these days, punctuating with an emphatic exclamation point what that stoic country has been through during 2010. The massive earthquake in the central south coastal region, the notable election of a center-right President after 20 years of center-left governance,

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