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Bootsnall Notable Expat Blog

Protea Flower
Protea Flower, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town.

As you probably noticed, the blog has been barren for a few weeks now. Part of the reason is that we were in the process of returning to Buenos Aires from Cape Town. It feels much like our second home now. We are slowly unpacking our bags and are really hyped for the Argentina-Uruguay soccer match on Wednesday which will most likely decide if Argentina progresses to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Are you going to watch?

Today I was stunned to find that Still Life in South America was chosen as one of the 15 Best Expat Blogs by Jessica Spiegel of Bootsnall Travel. Spiegel said that the, “writing is great, and the photos are plentiful.” I am elated to be included with such blogging legends as David Lebovitz in Paris. Thank you!

I appreciate all of my steady readers and the wanderers and expats who drift through. I’m glad that I can share my photos and impressions and perhaps even help other travelers on their journeys. You’ll be hearing my voice a little more often.

Chau y suerte.



Filed under Argentina, Cape Town, Uruguay

Things I’ll Miss about Chile

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.

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Filed under Chile, Santiago

Long Way From Home

My father owned some records I latched onto when I was young. The albums included Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Patsy Cline, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. These musicians were my musical heritage from both my parents and grandparents along with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; Jim Croce; Connie Francis; The Ink Spots; and The Platters. I listen to them even now. This song was my first favorite of my own generation.

I was a real quiet kid–I kept to myself with books and music. I sat with the school secretary in junior high when everyone went out to recess. Music was my refuge. As Freddie Mercury sang, “Everything/I had to know/I learned it on the radio.”

The Peter, Paul, and Mary album was particularly meaningful to me during this time as it was furtive and melancholy, matching my timidity. The music was also charged with political and emotional currents that I didn’t yet understand. My favorite song was “Early Morning Rain,” a song written by Gordon Lightfoot.

This song is heavy, wry, and about a traveler’s life away from loved ones. Raw with weariness. I’m always captured by the line, “Now I’m stuck here on the grass, where the pavement never grows.” This song is my “long distance request and dedication” for everyone miles away from those they love. Or for those whose lifeline to the world was the radio.


Filed under Music