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I am Eileen Smith. ExBrooklynite, current living in Santiaguina (Santiago, Chile dweller).
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  • Skies of yestercity 3 days ago There’s a certain kind of broken sky we never get in Santiago. A weak northeastern sun that fractures the space above into clumps and sheep and defrocked pillows. This sky whispers directly into my head. It says you are waiting for the B49 bus on Ocean Avenue, your curls frozen in the chill...
  • What's in a feria? The Valdivia feria report 3 weeks ago On a recent trip I took to research two different stories, one short and one long, I knew that one of my hotspots would be the diminutive feria fluvial or riverside market in Valdivia. Valdivia is lucky enough, or smart enough or pretty enough (not sure which) to be run through or passed by by a...
  • The things you learn about dogs and cats in the supermarket (in Chile) 3 months ago How do you call a cat? In the United States, we make kind of a psss psss psss psss sound. I often make a more of a clicking sound, which one time in Cuernavaca, in Mexico, I was told by a groundskeeper, is how you call a rabbit. Which seems odd, because though cats may […]
  • What's in a park? Parque Fluvial Renato Poblete, a new park in SCL 3 months ago When I first moved to Santiago in 2004, the Mapocho river, in a word, stunk.  We used to call it the Ma-stink-o in English, and it may be what someone was talking about the first time I heard the word hediondo (smelly). But times have changed, and the river is cleaner now, though it still […]
  • January Feria Report, nightshades and salad greens, and an almond milk obsession 4 months ago Salad is upon us. With the Peruvian stalls having well-priced berros (watercress) and rúcula (arugula), and the new hydroponic lettuces leafy and light, it’s a fairly amazing time for salad in this world. Tomatoes are good, as are eggplant, and the mangos (imported, a guilty pleasure) are... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Chile Gold Award!

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