From Home to Rome

Everyday I get a little more excited about my adventure next semester – studying abroad in Rome, Italy, through IES Abroad. Last week was the Study Abroad Orientation here at Hope where, in addition to a lot of helpful information, I got to hear where across the globe my peers are headed this spring. Everyone …

Chileans Speak the Hardest Spanish

Spanish is truly hard in Chile. I have to admit that my Spanish is not at the highest level at all, but Chilean Spanish is truly hard. There is a saying that, if one can learn to speak Spanish in Chile, than one can speak Spanish anywhere else in the world. Again, keep in mind …

Machismo Culture in Chile

Chilean culture has a lot of positives, like cuisine, optimism, tradition, happiness, dances and more, but like in every culture there are some faults, which are very obvious and culture of machismo is one of them. For those who are not completely sure what is machismo culture, then let me briefly explain. It basically means …

Football Is a Religion in Chile

Like Canada is run by ice hockey, Chile is run by football, or like Americans would say, soccer. To future references, when I am saying football, I mean soccer, not American football. In Chile everyone watches football, especially when the national team plays. You enter a restaurant or sports bar, there is some kind of …

Street Dogs of Santiago

There are a lot of street dogs in Santiago. In the beginning, I took a tour and they were talking about street dogs. Usually, they are on the street for two reasons – one is sad, and one happy. Let me start with the sad one, which is the least likely scenario. People buy a little …

Chilean ID

In most of the post Communistic countries, an ID of citizenship is required for every person. People in the United States are not familiar with this. This ID of citizenship works like driver’s license in the United States (it works like, it is not driver’s license.) If police stops you or at hotel they need to …

Beautiful Santiago!

Santiago as a city is absolutely beautiful. The city is illustrates long history, modern world, nature, parks, sports or arts. Santiago is very historic city. It was found in 1541 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. Without any knowledge of orientation is he founded Santago right in the middle of future Chile. In the beginning …

A Fascinating Connection to the Czech Republic

Until I was 15 years old I lived in the Czech Republic, a country that in my opinion is still recovering from communistic regime. Since I was 15 years I have lived in the United States, a country that has never experienced communism. Actually on the contrary, United States were based on idea capitalist system, …

House of Pablo Neruda

As I said in the previous post, one of the greatest arts attraction in Santiago is house of Pablo Neruda. I personally visited with the organization that I am studying in Santiago and I thought that it was enough interesting to write a post. Pablo Neruda, officially named Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, was a …

Chilean DHL

A little bit continuing with my previous article about fast foods, DHL works very differently in Chile as well. As you know my iPhone got stolen. Adding to that my ship one of two debit cards, I have here broke, so my family send me a packing, more like a thick envelope with SIM card, debit …