Photo Credit: Matt.Hintsa
It has been six months since we moved to Santiago de Chile. We are moving to Buenos Aires on July 15 again for a short time.
After reading my Some Things I Miss post about expat life, Tee from Adventure Journalist asked what I’ll miss about South America when I return to the United States. While the South America question is a much larger explanation, I’d like to offer some things I’ll miss about life in Chile.
Photo Credit: Mariossh
I’ll miss this dried pepper that adds some smoke and heat to dishes at the last minute. Like the Mexican hot sauce Chalula, merquen was made for topping eggs and potatoes!
I will miss the accessibility of the mountains. They are absolutely breathtaking. I feel so lucky to have lived here in the wintertime surrounded by the snow covered Andes. This picture was taken outside of Santiago in the Valle del Aparejo.
I was resistant to the Chilean accent and slang when we arrived, but recently I became smitten by the melody of the accent. It grew on me. Chileans speak with a lilting cadence using soft endings and a diminished ‘s.’ For example, mas o menos becomes “mah o meno.”
I will miss such words as huevon (dude), po (short for por supesto [of course]), and Que lata (what a bummer).
Terms of Endearment
Complete strangers (usually salespeople) call me pretty names such as “Mi Reina” (My Queen) and “Mi Amor” (My Love).