“Why Chile?”

Happy Travel Tuesday!  This month’s prompt is all about the reasons why you travel, or the reasons why you chose to move somewhere.  So, I thought I’d tell you a bit about Chile, a country often featured on the blog.

When I tell people that I lived in Chile for a year, between 2010-2011, and that I’m moving back there again later this year.  People always ask:  “Why Chile?”  I have one answer for that… Carlos.DSC03158

Carlos and I met when I was travelling in South America in early 2010.  I went on a five-month backpacking trip around the continent.  And in month three we met in Santiago. So then later that year I then moved back to Chile and stayed for a year.  We’ve lived in the UK together since 2011 and are moving back there in a few months time.  (And also getting married in December!)IMG_4564-1_1000

However, that’s not to say there aren’t other features of Chile that wouldn’t make you want to move there…. there are lots.  A couple of months ago, Carlos and I wrote down a long, long list of things that were better in the UK and things that were better in Chile, just for fun.  When we counted up our list we realised we had the exact same number for each country… weird.  So, what is to love about Chile?

Climate

Not surprisingly, this was first on our list of things that are great about Chile.  I guess this may have also been prompted by the fact that we wrote the list during the middle of UK winter.  Sure, Chile has a ‘winter’ but it’s not like the winter we have here. It’s over and done with in two months, and that’s guaranteed.  Most of the year is sunny.  I’m talking about Santiago, obviously with Chile being so long there are different climates from north to south.DSC02644DSC02495

Hospitality

When people mention the friendliest countries in the world, Chile has to be one! It’s true what they say about latin culture being open armed and welcoming.  I experienced so many moments like that where people went out of their way to make me feel at home, and that’s so important when you are so many miles away from home!

Palta (avocado)

This maybe sounds like a weird one, but palta is a daily staple in Chile.  Every home has a bowl of palta in the kitchen and supermarkets have a huuuuge amount of them.  And they are cheap and just so delicious.  A palta a day keeps the doctor away.  Plus, Carlos’ sister and family have a few palta trees in the garden which means fresh produce, what can be better?!DSC_0620 DSC01642

Nature

Lots of friends have been asking me for Chile travel tips lately as they are planning trips for our wedding.  Where is there to start?  If you like beaches, mountains, deserts, glaciers, greenery… there is a place for you in Chile.  The benefit of Chile being SUCH a long country is that everything is packed into it.  My favourite has to be the beautiful mountains.DSC_0312san-pedro-6DSC_0135DSC02718DSC_0410DSCF4499

Pace of life

Life is much slower in Chile than in the UK.  Time is taken over meals; for a start people always have a proper lunch break rather than eating a sandwich at their desk.  Weekends are often taken over by long, slow family meals and barbecues which stretch well into the evening and are then repeated the next day.  Although, I do find the loose punctuality hard to cope with 😉 DSC_0228DSC_0170

Fresh produce

I love going market shopping and I also love the thought of everything being seasonal.  Carlos used to tell me that the season coming up would be great for artichokes or strawberries or peaches.  Shopping seasonally is lots of fun as you feel you should make the most of the fruits and vegetables while they taste the best.

The most important… my Chilean family.

I am extremely lucky to have a family in Chile too, Carlos’ family have made me feel welcome right from day one 🙂  So important when you live thousands of miles away from your family in London.DSC02559

So, there you have it!  My answer for “Why Chile?”

Where is somewhere special to you?

Marcella xx
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The post I am highlighting from last week was written by the lovely Christine over at A Keane Sense of Adventure.  Christine’s post was all about her experience browsing through antiques in Warrenton, Texas.  Accompanied by beautiful, sunny photos.  Go and check it out, if you haven’t already 🙂

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44 thoughts on ““Why Chile?”

  1. Awww that’s such a sweet love story. I’m so excited to follow along with your move back to Chile! You already know that Santiago is special to me too. I need to go back and get into the mountains, and of course Patagonia. I agree 100% that the people in Chile are sooo nice. I’ve been to other countries known for the friendliness of the locals, but I really think Chileans were the best. I’m in Taipei now and the people here may be almost as friendly!

    • I’m glad you liked it, Anna! I totally agree – I’ve been to Patagonia but on the Argentinian side, I need to see the beauty of the Chilean side and I plan to reaaaaally soon 🙂 If you come back in the next four years, we can plan a mountain trip 😉 That is so great to hear about Taipei, friendly people makes a place all that much more special and I certainly experienced that in Chile 😀

  2. Aw, this was so sweet to read! I found it really interesting that you met Carlos while backpacking– wow!! Where you on a solo trip or with friends? Just shows love really can find you anywhere. Your post should be sponsored by the Tourism Board of Chile because you’ve really swayed me! I am so jealous at those beautiful looking avacados… they are so awful over here!

    • Thanks Cynthia, most people can’t believe that it was all a holiday romance 😉 My trip was half solo travel and half with a friend from home. Hehe, I’d love if they employed me and I could travel Chile for the job – what a dream!
      Are lots of the avocados in the US imported from Chile? A lot are here but sending them thousands of miles in an aeroplane does them no good. Chilean avocados have to be some of the best in the world, which I guess is why they are such a staple in the Chilean diet.

  3. So with you on the avocados… we have at least one a day. YUM! The nature looks beautiful too, and I can definitely understand the appeal of a slower pace of life. It’s definitely nice to not always feel like you’re in a hurry to get somewhere or accomplish something.

  4. I really needed to read this post right about now. My friend and I are looking into going to Chile for some time, but we’ve gotten very mixed messages. Some people say go now. Others say to avoid living there. This post just made me so much more excited about looking into it!! Especially those avocados …. I’ve been dying to get to South America! I’d actually love to chat with you a little more about Chile if you have the time!! Beautiful photos!

  5. I need to visit Chile! I lived in Argentina for a while and did not find the locals (at least in Buenos Aires) super friendly, but I’ve got some friends living in Chili now and they absolutely love it. I’m blown away by all the nature and landscapes in one country. And the piles of avocados don’t hurt either!

    • Sounds great! I loved Buenos Aires, it was my favourite city on my SA travels and I spent a month there, loved it 🙂 Yes! There are so so many incredibly beautiful and varying landscapes all over Chile!

  6. haha the lack of punctuality always kills me when I go to Chile! It even kills my dad, a Chilean! ha! But yes, I think it’s a pretty damn good reason when you’re marrying the guy too 😉 and avocado! Oh man I’m so jealous of his sisters having trees, basically a dream of mine!!

  7. Awww I loved this post!! I love it when travel brings people together – and yalls wedding invite (I assume?) is so perfect. I dont think I would still be with my husband if we both didnt have a strong desire to and affinity for travel, exploration and expat life. It’s a great bond. Lovely post 🙂

  8. I love the photo of you with the wheelbarrow full of paltas. It would make my mates back home in Australia die of envy. As Aussie students we could rarely afford an avocado. When I first arrived in Chile I ate so much palta I got a tummy ache! Good times…

    • Haha, I can totally relate to that – tummy aches from too much palta! My friends here are jealous too as palta is so expensive and just not as good. As a fellow non meat eater, I love your veggie recipes 🙂

  9. Big congrats on the wedding! Your invitation is ADORABLE. Chile is a place I would love to visit, for all the reasons you mentioned…friendly people make all the difference!

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you like the invites, I did a separate post on them as I loved how they turned out 🙂 And yes, I totally agree – friendly people and a great place makes the best combination!

  10. If you hadn’t already had me hooked with the beautiful nature views and the friendly people, the avocados definitely would have done it. I need to put Chile on my travel list right now! Love how travel brought you and Carlos together, and congrats!

  11. I know I’m late to the game on reading/replying to this post, but I’m glad you took the time to write it. I’ve been contemplating Chile in April for about 6 hours, and I think you just made my mind up for me. Thank you! Looking forward to reading much more.

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