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A bus story »

When I have to think about the most memorable moment in the United States, the first thing that comes to mind, is obviously, my wedding day, which is by far the most memorable moment in my life. Nevertheless for the purpose of this article I believe I need something a little bit more mundane, like [...]

Animals you can’t see in Chile »

The first animal that comes to my mind when I think of Oregon is not a beaver, but a squirrel. In Chile we have many types of rodents, some friendly looking like the Coipo (a type of beaver) and others not so friendly, including something that could have perfectly have inspired the R.O.U.S. from Princess [...]

My favorite Chilean foods »

Just like in other Latin-American countries, beans and corn are part of the regular diet of Chileans. We have different ways to prepare them, and we also use different names. Beans are called “porotos” and corn is called “choclo.” We mostly use two types of corn, the small, yellowish kind that you can find at [...]

Sports in Chile »

Thinking about sports at this moment seemed to be a bit trite, considering that Chile is just starting to recover from the tragic events of last week. In case you had not heard, on February 27th there was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Concepción (the second largest population in the country). Considering that context, talking [...]

Día de los Enamorados »

Valentine’s Day in Chile is not much different from what you see in the United States. You still see teddy bears, flowers and chocolates. However, because of certain cultural differences, there are a few things that make Valentine’s Day unique in Chile. The main thing that is different is that Valentine’s Day is almost exclusively [...]

Winter break »

I can’t really say that I did a lot of traveling this last winter break, especially because I was more concerned with a few things that were far more important to me at the moment (like applying to graduate school!). I did have plans to go to Victoria (Canada), but I only went as far [...]

Presidential elections in Chile »

On December 13 of this year, a new presidential election will be held in Chile. There are both many differences and similarities between the electoral system in Chile and the US, and these are a few of them:

Warlocks and Chiloé »

There are a great number of scary stories and legends in Chile, from the desert in the north to the Patagonia in the south. Most of the stories are from pre-Colombian times, and there are only a few that involve more contemporary people and events. But if you’re interested in the supernatural in Chile, Chiloé [...]

October 5, 1988 »

Independence Day in Chile is celebrated on September 18, and people usually take a whole week to celebrate and spend time with their love ones. But I already wrote about Independence Day in my first post at Willamette World News. Now, I will refer to a different date, October 5, which is the day that [...]

Hola!! »

Hello! I’m Pablo and I am from Chile. I was born in the beautiful city of Valparaiso (on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 2003), one of the main ports of the Pacific during the 19th century. I graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso with majors in History and Education and minors in Geography [...]

Women Effect »

For 200 years Chilean women have fought a lot to have a place in the society outside of their houses. They have not only asked for political rights, but also to have possibilities of study after high school and the chance to become professionals. At the beginning of last century, the concepts of woman and [...]

Día de los Enamorados »

Valentine’s Day is called “Día de los Enamorados” in Chile- that means “day of the lovers”… a few years ago we didn’t celebrate it and it is an American day that we adapted in our own way through the Media. The Chilean way to celebrate this is only for couples, you go out with [...]

Back home: culture shock?! »

The term culture shock describes the anxiety produced when a person moves to a completely new environment. This term expresses the lack of direction, the feeling of not knowing what to do or how to do things in a new environment, and not knowing what is appropriate or inappropriate. The feeling of culture shock generally [...]

Viejito Pascuero remember me!!! »

Christmas is celebrated in many ways across the varied landscapes and diverse families in Chile.