A week in San Pedro de Atacama

My parents were visiting me in Chile and I knew that taking them to San Pedro de Atacama would be a total hit (check out my other article on why). I started talking to people about what to do, how long to be there, you know, trying to get good tips. When I told them that…

The anamoly of a blooming desert

A strangely and beautifully blooming desert. Four girls that just wanna have fun. A pit stop on the way up north to see penguins and sea lions.  Photo shoots in endless fields of flowers. Cruising the open, sunny road in a rented car with the music booming and the mouths moving with conversation that never…

Always better: Avalanche Rescue and Awareness Course

I recently did a course on avalanche awareness and rescue, that taught me all about avalanche sizes, formations and human/natural causes, how to evaluate terrain and avalance conditions before embarking on a route or entering into new terrain, and also rescue strategies, reinforced by actual simulations.  Needless to say, I no longer look at snow…

Backyard gardens & fruit trees galore

It’s not exactly news that Chile exports a lot of fruit. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t surprising when so many houses are blessed with backyards full of the fruits we go to the grocery store for… and that their trees drop so many lemons, avocados, oranges, figs, you name it, that…

Coffee Shop Culture in Santiago

I love coffee shops. Losing hours while sitting at a cafe with my computer or chatting away with one of the amazing people who make up my life… it’s one of my happy places. I’d say finding coffee shops and planting my butt in a hopefully comfy or cool seat, is a fun, guilty pleasure…

When a friend goes back home

Today, I watched a colleague who turned into a friend, pack up and return to her home country, after 7 years in Chile and after 10 years in other country in between. It was hard not to project her situation on myself; weeks leading up to this, I’d ask her randomly “how are you?” or…