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by griffin
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Moving to Chile
Topic: Thinking of moving to La Serena
Replies: 5
Views: 2016

Re: Thinking of moving to La Serena

Traffic in La Serena can get pretty bad actually, I forgot to mention. The city has rather outgrown its road infrastructure. But if you can avoid downtown and Ruta Cinco, or stay off the road during school drop off hour, it's still ok. Plus it is probably easier to live near one 's work here than in...
by griffin
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Moving to Chile
Topic: Thinking of moving to La Serena
Replies: 5
Views: 2016

Re: Thinking of moving to La Serena

Hello and welcome, Many of your La Serena questions will be answered at this website: www.iesa-chile.com. It is the website for the local expat-Chilean English speakers of La Serena group. This year we have about 70 members, quite a diverse lot. Check out the welcome package on the menu bar. La Sere...
by griffin
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: No country for the anal-retentive
Replies: 46
Views: 2347

Re: No country for the anal-retentive

The first two weeks of December and March. Mid-December onwards, school is out, Christmas, New Year's. January, Argentina vacation month. February, Chile vacation month, flaite invasion of the central coast. Actually last year's January was good (here anyway), since the Argentines were still trying...
by griffin
Thu May 31, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Chile Classifieds
Topic: Must BUY car this weekend - 10,500,000 CLP
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Must BUY car this weekend - 10,500,000 CLP

No used car to offer, just thought I'd mention that I really like my Kia Carens wagon. Seats up to 7 (I can have each kid in a different area when they are driving each other crazy, and bring friends home from school too), but I usually use it in "the seats 5-with trunk space in back" configuration....
by griffin
Thu May 24, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: New Users Start Here: FORUM NEWS
Topic: Hello (from a soon to be student in Santiago)
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Re: Hello (from a soon to be student in Santiago)

Don't worry, you will manage to communicate the important things, even when you sound like an idiot. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, but be prepared to laugh with everyone else when they inevitably occur. Talk to kids; they are often surprisingly patient and they enjoy the chance to be the teacher...
by griffin
Thu May 24, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Is everything in Santiago ?
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Is everything in Santiago ?

There are also many expat groups in the North, usually the members are working in astronomy, mining, import/export etc. Here in La Serena we have a fair number of retirees too.
by griffin
Tue May 01, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Anything open May 1st?
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Anything open May 1st?

For future reference: the farmer's market feria we usually have on Tuesdays in La Serena was open today, and doing a brisk business. Today they even had young goats for sale (dressed meat, whole baby goats i.e. cabritos), which is not a normally available item. If you go at almuerzo time, there are ...
by griffin
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Food in Chile
Topic: Dr Pepper and root beer at Jumbo La Dehesa
Replies: 20
Views: 5218

Re: Dr Pepper and root beer at Jumbo La Dehesa

In La Serena the stocking of root beer and Dr. Pepper is typically limited to high tourist season (Jan-Feb); Jumbo seems to buy it once a year, and then when it runs out, that's it.
by griffin
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Protests/riots/demonstations/other: 2012 season
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Protests/riots/demonstations/other: 2012 season

I was just reminded by reading in El Dia (La Serena paper) that the first student demonstrations of the year will be tomorrow (Wed. 25th). Thought I'd bump this as a reminder for those of us who only ever read the more recent entries. I'll have to remember to avoid the roundabout by the university t...
by griffin
Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Food in Chile
Topic: Peanut butter
Replies: 62
Views: 8398

Re: Peanut butter

I just bought the Sindelen at Sodimac for about 17 mil. I just finished making my first real peanut butter in ages, with a few cashews thrown in for extra flavor. Yum! Mine didn't get very runny, more of a spreadable paste, but still I am very happy to have made it. Thanks to everyone who talked abo...
by griffin
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Chile Customer Service
Topic: merchants' cost when paid using Redcompra?
Replies: 8
Views: 2403

Re: merchants' cost when paid using Redcompra?

When I bought school supplies this year, the vendor offered an up to 15% discount for buying the whole school list at one place. When I picked up the items I asked about the discount, he told me it was, in my case, 12% for cash and 9% paying via RedCompra, because that was how much he would be charg...
by griffin
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Moving to Chile
Topic: a suitcase of stuff... is it allowed?
Replies: 30
Views: 3804

Re: a suitcase of stuff... is it allowed?

You can find maple syrup here, but it is insanely expensive; I have seen a medium size glass bottle of it in the Unimarc here for $12 mil (about $25 US). And it is something you can get past customs without difficulty; my parents brought me some on my last trip. We always bring just a couple of food...