Querida Recoleta

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Querida Recoleta
A blog about raising a family in one of Santiago's oldest suburbs, Recoleta. I share the real-life stories of the people I meet in order to provide a glimpse into a Santiago little seen by tourists.
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  • Punta de Choros & Humboldt Penguins 6 days ago After La Serena the road curls around an undulating landscape dotted with cacti.  Behind us the road twists like a snake – to the side is the sea, a dark blue expanse with frothy white tips and as we drive we pass by windswept townships hugging the hills as if for dear life. We were […]
  • Ovalle & the Limari Valley 1 week ago In 2014 I remember a disgusting pizza, a delicious juice made of papayas and sleeping on a rockhard hostel mattress with an unimpressed baby.  Oh and I narrowly avoided being pickpocketed too, apparently. That was three years ago.  Fast forward to 2017 and I didn´t much relish the prospect of...
  • A Story of Sewell & of Chile´s Mines 3 weeks ago A mine like Chuquicamata is no ordinary thing – a colossal, gargantuan beast that offers no sense of scale when reduced to a single word. While backpacking around Chile in his early twenties, Ernesto´Che´ Guevara was captivated and shocked by what he saw in Chile´s arid north, a feeling which...
  • Quintessence Alpaca Farm 3 weeks ago The gate of this farm is colossal – and no wonder, considering that inside is one of the world´s leading alpaca farms.  In front, there are alfalfa fields as far as the eye can see, right up to the looming hills that characterize so much of Chile.  On the day we visited, these fields were […]
  • The Salt of Cahuil 4 weeks ago I am currently reading the most amazing book, ´The Omnivores Dilemma´ by Michael Pollan. In it, Pollan explores the production of – and costs behind – our food, from the realms of industrial agriculture, organic farms and small providers, right through to exploring the acts of foraging (see...

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