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I am Eileen Smith. ExBrooklynite, current living in Santiaguina (Santiago, Chile dweller).
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  • How to learn to love a new flavor, experiences with boldo tea 2 weeks ago Before living in Latin America, I could probably count the number of times I’d drunk tea on purpose on my two hands. Sure, there were the back-from-India chai preparations in the 80s and 90s, but the way we made it, it was practically hot chocolate, creamy and frothy. I should say, I’ve never...
  • I've got a purseful of ginger and cilantro, an embarrassment of riches/feria haul 2 months ago After a truly mind-bending trip to Aysén, the far, lost south of Chile (yes, again, yes, I am that lucky), on the Carretera Austral, way down to Chile Chico, where burgeoning fruit trees literally line the streets, but vegetables are harder to come by for roadtrippers, I made my first trip back to...
  • Is that all you're buying? Social norms and observations on the New Year 3 months ago “Tan solo eso?” (Just that?) This was what the man said to me while I was buying a bunch of grapes the other day at Tirso de Molina, the small two-story market before the real chaos of La Vega begins. In this case, I was coming from the north to the south, buying supplies for […]
  • Slicing and Dicing in Chile. Or You Know, Peeling. Tomatoes, of all things. 2 months ago “Always peel away from you.” That was the advice my mother gave me in the kitchen when she was giving me tasks like peeling potatoes, or apples. It seemed so effortless to just glide the blade along the fruit, watching as coils or lengths fell into the trash. But it was not like that next...
  • The Great Election Walk of 2016, in Santiago, Chile 4 months ago Though it may seem strange if you are from the US or many other countries, where only citizens are given the right to vote, once you have been in Chile as a legal resident for five years (including one-year visas), you are automatically folded into the rolls of eligible voters. I wrote about my... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Chile Gold Award!

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