Why I Love Chile

I’ve been living in Chile for 6 months now. It’s a big change moving from The U.S. to Chile and I’ve written about some things that have stood out to me. These happen to be the more negative events and aspects only because when I decided to move to Chile, I already knew about most of the good things; the reasons I moved there. I’ve talked about my frustrations and my joys and yet my frustrations have been more prominent. Since lots of the good things didn’t shock me they’ve escaped my blog, but I want to address them now.

We all know one of my main reasons for moving here was my Chilean boyfriend, but lets forget about him for a second. I lived in France the summer after I graduated high school. Then I studied abroad my second year of college. If I hadn’t met Pablo and moved to Chile, I would most likely be living and working or volunteering abroad anyways, whether it be in Chile, South Africa, Thailand, or Germany. I have the travel bug and love to experience new things. Living in Chile has provided me with experiences and opportunities I could never find in the U.S.

First of all, I love Chile because I am able to start up my photography business here. California is saturated with competition and high living prices. In Santiago, I get to relax and focus on my photography, gaining experience, without worrying about not affording my groceries. I love not feeling lost in a huge ocean of competitors and am happy to be able to take advantage of Santiago’s personal feel.

The second reason I love Chile is because of Santiago. I’ve never lived in the heart of a city before and I have always wanted to. I feel like Santiago is a just the right size. From my house I can bike pretty much anywhere I want to go. My neighborhood is beautiful, with tree-lined side walks, bike paths, flowers. I do feel like I fit in even though sometimes I obviously don’t. I feel comfortable in the city and I feel safe.

Pretty little city!

Next, I love Chile because of the culture. I like that I don’t feel stressed and can do things at a slower pace. Dinner is late, which, when I’m hungry and tired, is kind of annoying, but I also like that things are relaxed and not rushed. I come back to the U.S. and bite my fingernails down to the skin within the first day just because everything is so much more stressful and fast paced. If you know me, you know I’m a pretty impatient person and do rush a lot, but I really appreciate living in a country that is teaching me to relax and remember what is actually important… instead of getting wrapped up in T.V., shopping, school, and work in the U.S.

If you haven’t already, check out my blog posts about fruit and veggies in Chile HERE and HERE I’ve probably wrote about it twice already because it was a shock to me. Something I didn’t think about before moving here. Love it!

I’m not really the “super long blog post” type of person.. so I’ll cut this one here. But I promise to write more about what is great about living in Chile. Stay tuned!

Also.. if you are a reader that doesn’t already live here, and have questions.. please ask in a comment.. I’d love to answer questions and I’m bad at guessing what people might want to hear.

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February 14, 2011 - 12:47 am

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February 14, 2011 - 1:20 am

Vicky Gehlhaus - Lana you have made me cry, this is why I love my Country so much you nail it friend.
You are so right about everything that you said, I can’t wait to move back. I move from Chile in 1967. right into New York, from there Minneapolis, and now Florida, Boca Raton
my husband wants to retired there, he has retired, now is a matter of time……
I love what you posted, thank you so much..
Happy Valentines day…….
Keep posting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 14, 2011 - 1:28 am

Angie - I love this post. I love your positivity and your reasons for why you love your new country of residence.. I look forward to all your upcoming posts!

February 14, 2011 - 2:49 am

Glocal Girl - This was a great post Lana, may have to do one similar on “Why I Love Amsterdam”. I’ve never been to Chile but your vivid descriptions make it top the Must Visit Someday List….

Big hug from Ams…. oh and happy valentines day!!
Jeanelle

February 14, 2011 - 8:50 am

Abby - These are a lot of the reasons I love it too! Love the picture with your doggies…but I must ask…is your dog wearing boxers?

February 14, 2011 - 9:19 am

Rob W. - It’s great hearing positive messages from an expat about living in Chile.
(P.S.) You need a retweet button or something on your blog.

February 14, 2011 - 4:59 pm

LanaRenee - Yes he is.. you must have missed the caption… haha

February 15, 2011 - 1:40 am

LanaRenee - Thank! It’s done! Good idea!

April 4, 2011 - 6:30 am

AmandaJasmine - I’m so happy to have just stumbled upon your blog! I’m moving to Chile at the end of May for six months and have been hoping to find something like this.
Funnily enough I’m a photographer and have a Chilean Pololo too…I think I’ll be treating my time in Santiago as a break from serious photography however – as I’ve just photographed a full wedding season here in New Zealand. Anyway. I look forward to reading!!! Thanks for posting! :)

January 3, 2012 - 1:01 am

Christine - Dear Lana
I am enjoying reading your blog. I was adopted from Chile in the 1970s and will be returning for the first time this Feb/March (www.insearchofhomefilm.com). It would be wonderful to speak with you further about the country and your experiences. We are working on planning for our time there and hoping to connect with Chileans or expats living there.

Very warmly,
Christine

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