Inside Santiago’s Fiestas Pátrias

By Kay Rodriguez | September 14, 2014

Classes were wrapping up on a Friday morning in mid-September, and my Brazilian Portuguese teacher casually mentioned we wouldn’t be having class the following Thursday or Friday. Before I could bat an eyelash, I found myself perusing plane tickets, buying one from Rio to Santiago, Chile and frantically packing my bags. I hadn’t really done […]

5 Best Beers Around the World

By Guest Poster | December 20, 2012

After 13 countries traveled, 12 months on the road, and countless beers consumed, I finally feel it’s time to share my not-so-comprehensive, amateur opinion of the best beers in the world. For the sake of furthering human knowledge (you’re totally welcome), I downed beers in South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. So after a […]

Sushi in South America: an Unlikely Love Story

By Steph | May 15, 2012

I don’t like fish. They are slimy and smelly and bony and weird. Given the choice, I’d rather eat just about anything else (this does not extend to shellfish which will I inhale, I only loathe the suckers with scales). Yes, even sushi. I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about the stuff. Even after eating […]

Street Art of Valparaíso: A Photo Essay

By Steph | May 13, 2012

Or: How NOT to Visit Pablo Neruda’s House. As I was originally voicing my doubts about Santiago, everyone told me “you HAVE to visit Valparaíso.” While I generally bristle when people tell me I have to do anything (just ask Mike), I figured it was probably wise to see at least something in Chile outside […]

Sorry Santiago

By Steph | May 10, 2012

Oh Santiago, it wasn’t (completely) your fault. I really wanted to like you. You seemed like the sleeker, moderner cousin to Buenos Aires. Chile has the best economy in South America, and you struck me as a city that really had itself together. Something about the name, Santiago, is so beautiful to me. If we’d […]