What do you like about Chile

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Vicki and Greg Lansen
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What do you like about Chile

Post by Vicki and Greg Lansen » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:55 pm

Might be I'm getting old and remembering "the good old days" or maybe it is that I have been gone from Chile for well over a year now and forget things there...but it just seems like back in the early days of allchile, when it was just a handful of new users and adventurers, that the comments and adventures shared were good stuff. Not necessarily innocent rosey stuff, but things shared with an understanding that when you landed in Chile, it was going to be a wild ride...not too many folks had any expectations one way or the other.

The forum has grown with excellent information and shared stories of disasters and fits and starts. It seems now that the forum has grown and that more and more it is about all the negatives of Chile. Reading the forum today I might have skipped Chile and choosen somewhere else to make my adventure if I were a less adventuresome person.

I'm gonna get nailed for saying this but ... while much of what is written here is true in part, or in whole...it does not reflect the Chile I know. It reflects the point of view of others who for whatever reason expect Chile to be more like someplace else. My most critical observation is that Chile pretends not to be third world...it is wired to the hilt and has first-world red-tape with third-world service. So?

Some of the bitching on the forum reminds me of gringo drivers in third-world countries...finger waving, horn-honking, tail-gaiting foreigners expecting what? Like that is going to change anything?

Yes, we know they drive terrible.
Yes, we know the food is awful.
Yes, we know service is horrible.
Yes, we know they have shitty builders.
Yes, we know they give crappy, incorrect directions.
Yes, they have strikes and protests and ladrones and harpy's and scam artists, and poverty.
Yes, yes yes.

But they also have one of the most beautiful capitol cities in Latin America. They have health care I can afford and it is decent (we've had by-pass surgery and pneumonia and broken bones in Chile). They have affordable transportation. They have fjiords and glaciers and mountains and beaches and one of the most admired police forces anywhere. They have clean beautiful rivers and hearty people, artists and musicians and open, truly open elections. Their responses to disasters, even in remote places is by far better than some of the responses I've seen in the US.

Yeah, I know Chile could do better.

Sometimes I get on the forum and I read some posts and I think, Is there anything at all some of you like about Chile? I love Chile. I can't wait to get back.

Ok. Done. Tear me to shreds, I probably deserve it. but I felt like I had to say it.
Vicki, rosey glasses and all.

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by regioncentralX » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:07 pm

:lol: Stuff only a forum old timer can see so clearly.

Yeah, the change has come with a corresponding change in the dominating cast of characters.

Evolution, Devolution, Progress, Etc.. ......... It Be The Way It Is :!:
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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by greg~judy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:19 pm

regioncentralX wrote::lol: Stuff only a forum old timer can see so clearly.

Yeah, the change has come with a corresponding change in the dominating cast of characters.
nice musings v~g...
astute comment rcX...
so, since you asked so poignantly v~g
(and you seemed to have omitted it from your intro.?)
we like the wine!
:mrgreen:
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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by el gatito » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:52 pm

PX: 5046 posts (and counting). Wow!..

Vicki, so, what you say?..
Éste era un gato
que tenía los pies de trapo
y la camisa al revés.
¿Querís que te lo cuente otra vez?

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by greg~judy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:02 pm

allchileans might also need some diversity~alternatives...
to wind-scoured pastures, frigid icecaps and dripping rainforests?
most pleasant images which might (occasionally) belie the reality of the scene?

so here's another g~j "like" - one much more benign!
we really like going down to our favorite playa...
to watch una puesta de sol del Pacífico

always warm, gentle evening breezes caressing your skin...
always soothing sounds of surf lapping on golden sands...
always the lyric music of birds as they flock and fly into shadows
:alien:
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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by trabajo en progreso » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:05 pm

Lovely post and very true, Vicky.

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:20 pm

Don't forget Easter Island.
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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by el gatito » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:26 pm

Who is this ee.. eeeeuuuu.. euuuu?.. And how the hell one spells this.. eeueeuuuu....
Éste era un gato
que tenía los pies de trapo
y la camisa al revés.
¿Querís que te lo cuente otra vez?

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by el gatito » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:30 pm

jg: 1617 posts
uuee: 3384 posts

total: 5001 posts.

You guys don't beat PX together, it seems.
Éste era un gato
que tenía los pies de trapo
y la camisa al revés.
¿Querís que te lo cuente otra vez?

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:32 pm

Nothing to do with the <<gasp>> collapsing EU as I am unfortunately an immigrant from the collapsing "EEUU".

But I say too much already.

I might post again in a year on the process from marriage to marriage TRV to PR ... if things go as planned.

Salud.
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One is to believe what isn't true;

the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by greg~judy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:41 pm

el gatito wrote:Who is this ee.. eeeeuuuu.. euuuu?..

jg:...?
uuee:...?
who is this jg - who is this uuee?
who is counting - who is reading back-asswards
gatito - is there catnip in your pipe tonight?
:|
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“If we want everything to stay as it is, everything will have to change."
--- Giuseppe Tomasi di Lamedusa

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Re: What do you like about Chile

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:45 pm

greg~judy wrote: gatito - is there catnip in your pipe tonight?
:|
I heard from a good source that the Salvia from the granel spice section at Carrefour in Mendoza will do nothing except give you a headache.
There are two ways to be fooled.

One is to believe what isn't true;

the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

- Søren Kierkegaard

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