Bus Drivers in Santiago

The bus drivers in Santiago are a case for itself. I am a person who always grew up in western world, so my view could be little bit tilted, but judge yourself. If a person wants a bus to stop then one has to “stop” it like when you are getting a taxi in New …

My First Chilean Experience Was Switching Families

Since my 3 out of 4 classes at the university are all in English, I am not improving my Spanish, which is one of main reasons why I came here. I must live with a host family, so I am pushed to speak only in Spanish. I arrived to Santiago on Monday, July 18, and …

Empanadas

In the U.S. people eat burgers and hot dogs, in Chile people eat empanadas. Empanadas are very popular, cheap, and delicious. I do not think that in U.S. we have something, so similar to empanadas, like dulce de leche to manjar (only in Chile). Probably the closest thing would Calzone Pizza, but I do not …

How Studying Abroad Is a Life-Changing Experience

Most things in life can be translated into numbers and college is no exception. An academic year in college is around 250 days and if we multiply this number by four, the average length of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, we get 1000 days allocated to our collegiate career. That is around 3% of a person’s …

Internship: Planet Expat

I was lucky enough to find an internship while studying abroad. I found out about a company called Planet Expat, which is a headhunter company that works with startups mainly in United States and Europe. They do some other things, like coaching program, but matching students with internships abroad is their main focus. I worked …

Dependency on Internet in Santiago

For the last few days the internet was off in my apartment building, which is the reason for 10 posts today, but also a realization of how much we are depended on internet connection. This is my current position compare to rest of the world. If internet does not work in Santiago, I and rest …

Fast Food Restaurant Has a Completely Different Meaning in Chile

“Fast food” is not a term in Chile, especially referring to the world fast. I am not saying it a bad way at all. I mean it on the contrary. I think that it is very fascinating the way that Chileans approach fast food style restaurants. I have been only in two: McDonald’s and KFC. …

Santiago’s Bus System Is a Unique One!

Santiago has population of 7 million people, yet the bus system, which the majority of people depend on everyday, do not have set times or a time schedule. A big majority of Santiago’s working class uses a bus or metro to get to and from work everyday. Many times the metro does not get people …

I Experienced an Earthquake in Santiago, Chile

I was sleeping and suddenly I woke up around 6 in the morning and everything was shaking. Honestly, I thought that I was hallucinating. My bed, night table, doors, and windows were all shaking for good 40 seconds. When it stopped, I felt the whole building moving left and right. I live in the third …

Manjar

Manjar is something very delicious and very Chilian. It is only available in Chile and the closest thing is dulce de leche. People in Chile put manjar almost on anything. Donuts, cakes, pancakes, crepes, bread. Most people have love-hate relationship with manjar. It is truly delicious, but it is really unhealthy. I mean it has …