Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Apartment in Chile - Leaving shots.

 Since my time is coming to an end here in Chile I thought I would post some shots of where I have spent the better part of the last 3 months.  THE APARTMENT IN CHILE.

 It is nothing fancy but it has served a purpose with the only issues being a slight "old lady" smell near the front door, the cable that came with the place turning out to be illegal so it got turned off the last month here, a shower-head that had to be replaced to make the showers last longer than 45 seconds of low pressure warmth, and the overabundance of fake flowers that were in the place that are currently hiding in the cabinet waiting to be redeployed on the last day I am here.


 Living Room
 Front door and Refrigerator
 Little Kitchen

Friday, October 22, 2010

Attempting to Return to the USA

 My funds have dwindled to what is surely to become a new low so having failed to find dependable work here in Chile I must accept a temporary setback and return to the USA.  That being said, it will not be without a little bit of mystery and adventure.  

The first step of my trip will be a flight to Lima, Peru on Halloween.  All flights from Chile were extremely expensive so in an attempt to add more fun (and maybe save a few dollars) I am making up the trip home as I go.

Right now the options are:
Fly to Washington DC from Lima
Fly to Fort Lauderdale FL from Lima
Fly to Bogota Colombia from Lima and then to the US from Colombia
Fly to San Juan Puerto Rico from Lima and then toe the US

Bus to Ecuador and Colombia (80 hours) from Lima and then fly home

or magic carpet.

I am sure there are other options that I will have to just make up as I go.  wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gringo Burning in the South American Sun

In an attempt to return to the states tan (the return info will be in the next few days on here), I have hit the beach here in Vina.  The other day though I will admit to turning a nice state of painless red for a day or so afterward.

Being as how it is the Pacific Ocean down here the water is not something you want to stay in for a very long time unless you are strapped to a surfboards so I just get in to cool off a bit and then back to the beach.  Maybe next time I will roll over instead of napping on my back.  One side tan.... the other side white.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sibaritico for Completos in Vina del Mar

In a recent post I linked to the video of Anthony Bourdain during his time in Chile.  I live just a few blocks from the site of his "Completo" consumption here in Vina del Mar so the other night (after a few of the necessary liquid appetizers) I rallied some ladies to go partake in some Hot Dog overkill.

If you have not watched the Anthony Bourdain video (a few blog posts back at MY BLOG) a completo is a footlong hotdog with Saurkraut, mashed avocado,  tomatoes, and artery clogging of mayonnaise, that I like to top with ketchup.

Needless to say it was a good night and the next morning I woke up a little rough.  I am still not sure whether it was the appetizers or the completo but I would definitely repeat the process.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Football (soccer) here in Chile

Sometime in the past few weeks of my time here I went to see the local football club Everton of Vina del Mar play a game.  The stadium is small for the fact that it is in the top league of its country (more notable teams would be Colo-Colo, U Catolica, and U de Chile).  

Ladies and children got in free to the game and there was only one full section (AKA the end where the tickets are 6 dollars)

The game ended in a high-scoring 3-3 draw but the real entertainment was the fans themselves.  Apparently Chileans are not trusted with alcohol at any event so it was dry but I found out why in no time.

Fans came marching in with drums to play while they all sang songs.  There were also massive banners hung all over the place.  Honestly this place had more decoration than any college dorm room on the planet.
 As for the fans appreciation of the game itself is another matter entirely.  Mostly young people sang songs to the drums and smoke weed the entire time without any care about the game itself.  The home team scores - keep singing the same song... the away team scores - keep singing the same song.

I have noticed this trend before and it is not something I understand.  I enjoy the game and find it easier to get into when the crowd also understand it and follow along.  That being said, once I moved over away from the main cheering group I enjoyed the game a bit more.

Maquinaria Festival 2010 Santiago Chile

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rage Against the Machine - CHILE 2010

This could be one of the more cruel posts I have made (if you are a fan of rock music that is).  Rage Against the Machine will be playing this Monday and I have picked up my ticket... that said (as if jealousy weren't already brewing), I start the weekend with a festival on Saturday featuring Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, The Pixies, and more.... life is rough.

Beach and Big Ass Sandwich

There isn't really a clever theme to this blog post as much as there is a take-no-prisoners title that has obviously drawn you in.  With the weather getting nicer here I am spending more and more time on the beach and out in the sun.  If I make it back to the States in late November I fully expect to look out of place this winter with my epic tan that is starting now.

 And to not disappoint I will show you an example of the late-night (drunk person) food that is readily available in Chile.  This sandwich is simple in construction but the size is what make is.  For about 4 dollars US you can get this sandwich which is larger than a human head.  I used a starburst to show size but you really don't understand until you buy one at 2 in the morning.

 It was delicious.... I think.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bourdain was here in Vina and Valpo

Just to show more of where I have been living here is a clip of Anthony Bourdain's time in Chile. I live near where he at the completo at the beginning and a 5 min bus from the rest.

Where I worked (notice that it is past tense)

During my time down here thus far i have managed to pick up a few hours working at an English School.  Given that I am without a work visa and the school is a bit behind on processing one I am separating ties to the school and going back to being blissfully unemployed.

It also appears that my time in Chile will come to an end when my 3 month tourist visa does.  Things are more expensive here that most places in South America and I fear it could bankrupt me to stay until Christmas (plus Christmas is in the middle of their summer so it would just feel odd). 

I have now started the planning phase for a trip back to the states.  Could be up to 120 hours on a bus...   more info to come

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

“Stache” ing it

I have seen some sweet moustaches and mullets during my time in Chile so I thought I would rock one for a bit.  I did have a pretty solid mullet (between white trash and 80s hockey player in length) coming in but the lady cut that off in my sleep.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

J Cruz a Valparaiso Mainstay

I have been seduced by the Chilean chorilliana (a dish consisting of french fries topped with meat, eggs, and onions that can be dipped in aji(spicy) or ketchup(if the restaurant allows it))

There is probably no place better in all of Chile to get this dish than J Cruz.  The restaurant is literally down a dark alley and tricky to find and yet it is pack all open hours


The inside is completely full of crazy amounts of junk that they use to decorate the place.  It is sort of like Applebees back in the USA only amplified by 10 and somehow it works for the place.


The servings are massive and yet somehow this is how it always looks at the end of the meal.


Friday, October 1, 2010

To ride it… or to eat it

So last week I was walking around and noticed a small butcher shop.  It appeared to be like all the others but I was in the slightly poorer side of town.  I then glanced upward and noticed that the large banners above the shop were of majestic looking horses.  After asking around I found out that they were the product.

Before you judge me for this it should be noted: I travel to experience new things and abandoned my long-term Vegan diet to make sure I experience the cultures of the places that I visit.  I ate Guinea Pig in Peru so why not.


I purchased the smallest size that they had available.  1 Kilo (2.2 pounds) of Churrasco (A very thin cut that comes between sheets of waxed paper).  It is very common to use meat cut like this in sandwich form.  It set me back about 6 dollars for the kilo.


Afterwards I enjoyed it (actually it was a lot like deer meat) on a sandwich with some local cheese and mustard.  It is not an endangered species and it is not a penguin (they are too damn cute) so I am OK with my choice to try something new.  Just thought I’d update the site.