Top 5 Posts of 2018

Thank you Fake Flamenco readers for a great 2018! Starting from zero in March of this year, I've created a website, published e-says weekly (60 total!), visited blogs and met wonderful people like you. I reveled in writing, commenting, and conversing with readers. Each month of nine blogging was an education for me in how … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2018

Photos of Favorite Spots in Chile

These are the photos I wanted to show you! My diligent website is good at publishing my work on the date I ask. However, I am no match for its computer efficiency. My mistake. Luckily, when I named my site Fake Flamenco, I set expectations at imperfect! Back to my favorite Chilean places. I couldn't … Continue reading Photos of Favorite Spots in Chile

7 Favorite Spots in Chile

What's your favorite type of landscape? Beach? Forest? Glacier? Desert? Urban? Rural? Lake? River? Mountains? The long narrow strip of land that is Chile contains them all. Atacama Desert (flamingoes) Neruda's Home near the sea, "Isla" Negra Andes Mountains (view from our former apartment in Santiago) Punta Arenas (penguins) Taking advantage of the December warm season, … Continue reading 7 Favorite Spots in Chile

A Chilean Christmas

What does December bring to mind? Snow drifts? Elves? Menorahs? Holiday lights? Most likely winter. Could summer arrive in December? As someone who grew up at 45ºN latitude, the question seems absurd. Although, later in Texas I experienced Decembers that were not very cold, they were still called winter. In Arizona and New Mexico, people … Continue reading A Chilean Christmas

Define Yourself

Evan and I were lucky to find good friends in Chile. When we moved to Santiago in the fall of 2001, we both took language classes. Evan braved immersion, and I tested whether I really knew the difference between "I spoke" (preterite) and "I was speaking"(imperfect) in Spanish. Could I talk about what might happen … Continue reading Define Yourself

Nineteen Years Ago Today

Nineteen years ago today, I stood on the banks of the Río Frío and exchanged wedding vows with the sweetest, smartest, funniest guy I've met. In front of our family and friends, we promised our bond would be unbroken in this adventure called life. We met while we studied in Austin. To respect the miracle … Continue reading Nineteen Years Ago Today