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Notes before Leaving October 29, 2009

Posted by Jen Pappas in Chile Posts.
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Looking back on our time in Chile, we were able to recall quite a few cultural nuances we’d be fools not to share.

• Street performers that actually perform in the middle of intersections, in between cars stopped at the traffic lights. We witnessed jugglers, dancers, cheerleaders and even a mime doing their thing while the light was red, stopping to collect money from drivers moments before the light would change.

• We found some of our favorite new beverages while in Chile. No, the sickeningly sweet and disgustingly named Pap soda did not make the cut.

1) Mote con Huesillo is a tasty desert beverage you actually eat as well as drink. It´s made from boiled barley, sweetened water and rehydrated sun dried peaches.

2) Cola de Mono is typically drunk only around Christmas time and consists of coffee, milk, aguardiente liqueur, and flavored with vanilla and cloves. The name literally means Tail of the Monkey and is quite potent.

3)Kunstmann beer is just really good- sort of tastes like Newcastle.

• There is a very serious love and devotion for Chorrillana in Chile, with entire restaurants serving this dish and this dish only. Technically, Chorrillana is a heaping plate of french fries covered in chopped steak, fried egg and grilled onion. We call it a heart attack waiting to happen.

• Wild packs of disheveled dogs in dire need of a bath rule the streets. They are the true cops, robbers and politicians of Chile.

• Music is truly the lifeblood of South America and is regularly piped into schoolyards at recess, buses during rush hour, public restrooms and town squares. Music is everywhere.



1. Nico Martini - November 4, 2009

It was a pleasure. Please keep in touch. 🙂

Nico and Sarah

2. Adrian - November 4, 2009

Jen, please tell me you tried the Chorrillana. If you loved it there is a place not far from my house that serves Carne Asada fries very similar to what is pictured minus the onion.

3. mom - November 9, 2009

Adrian, that looks gross, your clogging your arteries, this is your mom speaking “stop eating that stuff, you’re going to kill yourself”

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