Friday, November 14, 2014


"Are you missing Santiago at all?", my friend asked.

Since moving to Chile in 2011, I had previously only left for the summer because hot weather and I are not friends and I have no air conditioner in Chile.

When I moved there, I went with the idea of permanency, but this year, I've been out of Chile more than not. I even bought a small condo in the US during one of my visits. So now I have a place to go when I'm not in Chile. It has air conditioning and central heating. Though it's a one-bedroom, it's almost double the size of my two-bedroom Santiago apartment. I have my own parking space and I can easily run to Walmart, Walgreen's, or Whole Foods at almost any time of the day or night.

Do I miss Chile at all? Yes. I prefer walking across the street and shopping at the woefully understocked Lider where I have to time my visits so that I'm not there immediately before work, during lunchtime, or after work unless I want to stand in a long line.

I miss tasty food that is not (yet) completely GMO-tainted, eating things that are in season like we used to do when I was a kid. I miss good olive oil and delicious, inexpensive wine. I even miss marraqueta.

I miss my view of the Andes Mountains though the snow is probably melted by now.

The Metro in Santiago is overcrowded and malfunctioned on a grand scale recently, but it generally works fairly well. And then there are the micros, buses, and also swarms of taxis, not exorbitantly priced. I dislike driving and I miss mass transit, awful as it can be, because apparently I'm a city chick.

I miss my friends and wonder if it's really possible to maintain intimate relationships long distance.

There are many things I don't miss too, but that's for another post. With one foot in Chile and the other in the US, I should feel balanced and grounded. Oddly, I feel just the opposite, as if I'm shifting from one foot to the other, not sure I belong in either place.


  1. I hear you about belonging everywhere and nowhere, and also re: friendships maintained. A/C is comfortable, as is being able to walk to the supermarket. That's the problem with having been somewhere that's not where you're from. Squeezing all those elements into a single place to live seems impossible. But do let me know if you'll be appearing on these shores any time soon (or are you here?) Would love to see you!

    1. Thanks for your comments, Eileen. I am away until next year. Let's catch up then.