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I am Eileen Smith. ExBrooklynite, current living in Santiaguina (Santiago, Chile dweller).
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  • Street Spellcheck. What the Fock? 4 months ago When I was living in DC, I worked at a publishing company, writing business-to-business compliance manuals and newsy bits about environmental law. It was a pretty big office, maybe 60-80 people, and there was a core group of folks that I would make coffee-machine conversation with. One of these...
  • How to learn to love a new flavor, experiences with boldo tea 4 months 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 5 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 6 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. 6 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... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Chile Gold Award!

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