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Jennifer - Third Week Post…Chilly in Chile!

July 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Jennifer Kern
18 July 2013
It is my third week in Santiago, Chile as I am currently warming my hands with the 3rd cup of hot chocolate in the office.  In case you didn´t know, Chileans drink a lot of coffee; and for someone like myself who does not enjoy coffee…well I try to fit in with hot chocolate!  So far, I have been acting like a typical Chilean… drinking ten cups of coffee (in my case hot chocolate) for breakfast,  not eating lunch until  1:00pm – 3:00pm, and then dinner beginning at the early hour of 9:00pm.  In addition, I´m speaking more Spanish, and I get about five hours of sleep on average, just like everyone else here, haha!  How do they do it?  Don´t ask me.  I´m just glad I became part Chilean last week.
For sightseeing, I have had a great time.  Last Sunday, a funicular took Noah and I to the top of Cerro San Cristobal (where I viewed the Andes Mountains and had a birds-eye view of the city of Santiago).  Monday, we explored a gigantic mall and viewed the tallest building in South America.   In addition, a small town named Bellavista, well known for its artisans, cafes, and cozy cobblestone streets has become a place where we visit often.  As it is winter here, restaurants in Bellavista have little patio fireplaces to keep the guests warm, as many people sit close to the fire while sipping on coffee, beer, or great Chilean wine.
The culture here is overwhelming for me to comprehend at times, in a good way of course!  The display of love and kindness is one of the biggest cultural differences.  It is obvious in many places in Santiago, especially in the parks.  Friends, co-workers, and family make sure they give hugs, handshakes, and kisses every time they gather and say goodbye.  This custom makes me feel happy to see, and even happier to be a part of it.  Hugs and Chou!

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