Desierto Florido // Flowering Desert

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing one of nature's gifts: the flowering desert, located in Chile's Atacama Desert.  It is a somewhat rare phenomenon that does not occur every year.  Due to the large amount of rain Chile received this year, the desert is full of blooming flowers. If you are thinking of … Continue reading Desierto Florido // Flowering Desert


Public Transportation in Santiago

Not everyone feels as strongly as I do about public transportation.  I grew up in an area where it is not widely available, and I do not like driving.  Now that I can take the bus or metro (or occasionally Uber/taxis) anywhere I need to go, I am in heaven.  I don't have to fight … Continue reading Public Transportation in Santiago

Embalse El Yeso

If you want to experience nature at its finest, Chile is definitely the place to be.... and you don't have to venture very far from the capital city.  Yesterday, I went to Embalse El Yeso, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend booking a tour because the only other way to get there is by … Continue reading Embalse El Yeso

Su Casa Es Mi Casa: Finding a Place to Live

Finding a place to live in another country can be a bit daunting.  When I taught in Barcelona, I used a program that set me up with a host family and I didn't really have to think about anything except getting myself there.  This time around, I was completely on my own.  It was a … Continue reading Su Casa Es Mi Casa: Finding a Place to Live

When the Earth Quakes…

I have been in Chile for one week, and I think there has been an earthquake every day.  Most of them are small, barely noticeable.  The locals always recognize the foreigners by our dramatic reactions to even the tiniest tremor.  However, on Monday there was a fairly sizable quake that measured a 7.1 on the … Continue reading When the Earth Quakes…

Grocery Shopping in Chile: What You Need to Know

Whenever I travel abroad, I can't help but notice all of the small differences between the good ole USA and wherever I am.  When I live abroad, those differences can take some getting used to.  Here are some of the things I have noticed about Chilean supermarkets. *Supermarkets are tightly packed with people at all times of … Continue reading Grocery Shopping in Chile: What You Need to Know