Chile, Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

Don’t Stand So…

Don’t stand so close to me… Personal space differs from country to country. In the United States we tend to prefer a large amount of space between us and strangers. In general the distance is an arm’s length or more (see photo of grocery shoppers in New York). When we lived in Chile, we were […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, travel

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, […]

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Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

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 […]

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