Connecting in Chile Uno

So here we are in our 4th and final week of Santiago, Chile. It’s the first of cloudy days here. It’s Sunday and I’ve puttered around this blog for days without writing a word. Today’s puttering has included sweeping, washing the kitchen floor, dusting, counting my vitamins to see if I have the requisite 36 to finish out our on the road days. I’ve done everything but sit down and write. I am procrastinating.

Background: Evidence of human presence in Chile dates back to 13,000 BC. Spanish conquest was in the 15th century. Chile is no more than a 115 miles wide with a length of 2600 miles. One third of Chile’s 16 + million population lives in Santiago and Chile claims Easter Island and part of the Antarctic as part of its territory. Until arriving here the only Chilean name I was familiar with was the author Isabel Allende. Chile is more than wine and earthquakes and I’ve had a lot of learning to do.

We have been busy with Santiago. I think we’ve hit some pretty extraordinary tours and museums while just living. We were walking to church this morning and I was struck by the ordinariness of walking to the same church, through the same park, in the same neighborhood that we’ve gone the past 3 Sundays. One of the joys of living versus hoteling is just that: ordinariness. I see familiar faces at Mass but there is no connected-ness. At this point in this yearlong adventure, I long for connected-ness.

Some wonderful days here in Santiago. One of our first ventures was to the Pre-Colombian Art museum dedicated to the artistic and archeological aspects of ancient SAmerican cultures. I’ve seen a lot of ancient artifacts but Chinchorro mummies predating the Egyptians by 2000 years? And the Andean textiles were sublime. The museum housed remnants of “mummy bundles.” Bodies were folded over and wrapped in layers of exquisitely embroidered cloth making a bundle. The workmanship of these cloths was unbelievable and surprisingly intact because the bundles were buried beneath sand, which protected the cloth from the elements. Unfortunately no photos allowed of the textiles.

One of our other tours was conducted by Tours for Tips. No set tour cost—the guides are dressed in red and white striped shirts looked rather like Where’s Waldo and work only for a tip. This tour was advertised as a market and cemetery tour. Nobody does cemeteries like the SAmericans. This cemetery had the same over-the-top monuments to the well-heeled as the one in Buenos Aires and a section resembling storage lockers at a bus station for the poorer. We had quite a culture and political history lesson sitting on the steps at the cemetery in Santiago with Waldo/Carlos.

We learned about the concept of animatas in that cemetery. A burial spot is infused with the spirit of the dead; that place becomes a meeting point for the dead and the living to connect. A visit honors the dead and offers the opportunity to ask special favors since the dead have already earned their rightful place near to God; the dead’s ears are closer to God therefore a favor is more likely to be answered. Our guide took us to the site in the cemetery dedicated to children. We were told that frequently on that deceased child’s birthday, his parents would throw a birthday party and invite all the children buried in the same section. There’s a super-natural/mystical spirit here in SAmerica that I’ve not encountered before.

So many questions that I encounter in our ordinary days. Twice now we’ve gone to the local grocery store and found items behind glass doors and locked up. I’ve seen shampoo locked up so you have to get a clerk to unlock Head and Shoulders to check out. And yesterday it was coffee. By the way, why in a country that has extraordinary coffee beans would Nescafe instant be the big seller? And why is Nescafe locked up? And speaking of market items note the coca leaves in the photo stream that I could have but didn’t purchase. And still a lot of art on walls. More about that later…

Photo stream legend: apartment building in Santiago/atop San Christobel/CATHOLIC Chile/Pre-Colombian art/fish market/cemetery x 2/fruit and veggies market/did NOT purchase items in grocery/street art x 2/where’s waldo/street art x 3

Santiago Uno photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

0 Responses to Connecting in Chile Uno

  1. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually expressed it superbly!
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    no prescription pharmacy
    canadian pharcharmy
    cialis canadian pharmacy
    canada online pharmacies

  2. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said that very well!
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    24 hour pharmacy
    canadian viagra
    buy drugs online
    canadian online pharmacy

  3. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks, Fantastic stuff!
    http://www.canadianpharmacymsn.com/
    drug stores near me
    canadian pharmacies
    pharmacy price compare
    canadian pharmacy

  4. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Kudos. Quite a lot of info.

    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    canadian rx pharmacy online
    canadian pharmacies without an rx
    drugs from canada
    canadian viagra

  5. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Helpful info. Kudos!
    http://canadianpharmaciescubarx.com/
    prescription drug cost
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    most reliable canadian pharmacies
    mexican pharmacies shipping to usa

  6. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards, Plenty of data!

    http://canadianpharmacysilo.com/
    pharmacy canada
    canadian viagra
    walgreens pharmacy
    canada online pharmacies

  7. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Info nicely utilized!.
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    cheap drugs online
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    online pharmacy no prescription needed
    global pharmacy canada

  8. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Good information. With thanks!
    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    canada drug pharmacy
    canada drug
    pharmacies in canada
    canada pharmacy

  9. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Valuable content. Thanks!
    http://canadianpharmaciesnnm.com/
    cialis canadian pharmacy
    canada drugs online
    medical information online
    canadian online pharmacies

  10. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks a lot, I like it.
    http://talahicc.com/
    prescription drug cost
    canada online pharmacies
    no prescription online pharmacy
    canada online pharmacies

  11. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Reliable posts. Thank you.
    http://canadianpharmaciesnnm.com/
    best online pharmacies no prescription
    canadian viagra
    canada pharmacy online no script
    top rated canadian pharmacies online

  12. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic content. With thanks.
    http://talahicc.com/
    buy cialis
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    canadian prescriptions
    canadian pharmacies without an rx

  13. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely expressed! .
    http://canadianpharmacysilo.com/
    best online canadian pharcharmy
    canadian online pharmacies
    drugs from canada
    northwestpharmacy

  14. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Amazing all kinds of valuable tips.
    http://canadianpharmaciescubarx.com/
    canadadrugs
    canadian pharmacies
    canadian mail order pharmacies
    canada drugs online

  15. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Seriously many of fantastic knowledge!
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    mexican pharmacy online medications
    canadian cialis
    canadian prescription drugstore
    canadian pharmacies online

  16. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Thanks.
    https://nicktambone.com/
    best non prescription online pharmacies
    canada online pharmacies
    buying drugs canada
    canadian viagra

  17. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually suggested that well.
    https://nicktambone.com/
    canada pharmacy online
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    canadian pharmacy 365
    north west pharmacy canada

  18. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks! Helpful stuff!
    https://nicktambone.com/
    rx pharmacy
    global pharmacy canada
    mexican pharmacy online
    canadian pharmacies online

  19. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Awesome content. Thanks!
    http://canadianpharmacysilo.com/
    buy online prescription drugs
    canada online pharmacies
    drug stores near me
    online pharmacies canada

  20. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually explained it wonderfully.
    https://nicktambone.com/
    trust pharmacy canada
    aarp approved canadian online pharmacies
    prescription drug price comparison
    canada drugs online

  21. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks. Ample data!

    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    drug stores near me
    canadian pharmacy
    canadian drugstore online
    canada pharmaceuticals online

  22. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made your position quite nicely..
    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    reputable canadian mail order pharmacies
    northwest pharmacy
    prescription drugs online without
    canada pharmacy online

  23. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Many thanks! Awesome information!
    http://canadianpharmaciesnnm.com/
    canadian rx pharmacy online
    canada drugs online
    discount drugs online pharmacy
    aarp approved canadian online pharmacies

  24. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Truly lots of amazing data!
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    web medical information
    north west pharmacy canada
    canadian pharmacies shipping to usa
    canadian pharmaceuticals online

  25. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks! Terrific stuff.
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    canadian pharmacies that are legit
    mexican pharmacies shipping to usa
    prescription drugs online without
    canada pharmacy online

  26. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Many thanks, Numerous write ups.

    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    prescription drug assistance
    online pharmacies canada
    trust pharmacy canada
    canadian pharmacies

  27. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely expressed! .
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    prescription drugs prices
    canada pharmacy online
    best online canadian pharcharmy
    canadian pharmacies-24h

  28. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely expressed. .
    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    cialis online
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    prescription without a doctor’s prescription
    london drugs canada

  29. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Kudos, Helpful stuff.
    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    canada drugs
    canadian pharmacies without an rx
    canadian pharma companies
    canadian drugs

  30. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Useful postings. Appreciate it!
    http://canadianpharmacymim.com/
    legitimate canadian mail order pharmacies
    canadian drugs
    online pharmacies
    canadian pharmacy online

  31. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Superb write ups, Appreciate it.
    http://canadianpharmacyntx.com/
    prescription pricing
    northwestpharmacy
    canadian drugstore
    northwest pharmacy

  32. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You definitely made the point!
    http://www.canadianpharmacymsn.com/
    discount drugs online pharmacy
    canadian cialis
    canada pharmacy online
    mexican pharmacies shipping to usa

  33. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks! Wonderful stuff!
    http://talahicc.com/
    prescription drugs without doctor approval
    northwestpharmacy
    online canadian pharmacies
    canadian online pharmacies

  34. Peterhoarm says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Cheers!
    http://canadianpharmaciescubarx.com/
    online pharmacy usa
    canadian drugs
    cialis online
    canadian pharmacies online

  35. Patrickmof says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Many thanks!
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    canadian pharmacies online prescriptions
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering
    canadian drugstore online
    top rated canadian pharmacies online

  36. Scottfed says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Whoa many of fantastic information!
    http://canadianpharmaciescubarx.com/
    northwestpharmacy
    canada online pharmacies
    canada meds
    canada pharmaceuticals online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *