In pictures: if you are in downtown Santiago just look up

I don’t often have the chance to go down to Santiago centro but when I do I like to take my camera with me. I frequently forget to look up and during this stroll in the downtown areaI had to force myself to do it. I took many rubbish shots but these are the few…

Supermarket shenanigans

I’m not a fan of going shopping at the best of times, to me buying groceries is a necessary chore. I don’t have a car, and this means going to the supermarket several times a week to buy just what I can carry. I have found that, at least in my neighbourhood, very few supermarkets…

In pictures: my two friends from the market

“Hola! Senorita, una foto!” I encountered these two lovely chaps as I was leaving the main food market in Santiago de Chile, camera in hand. “Hey miss, take our picture,” they yelled cheerfully. After getting suspicious looks from so many people in the market I was happy to oblige. Sadly I can’t remember their names…

The art of mansplaining microwave popcorn

“Here, let me show you how to make popcorn!” And without further ado, Ricardo forcefully grabbed my packet of microwave popcorn out of my hands. Ricardo is one of my colleagues. He’s 28, makes a decent salary as a university educated young professional and has always lived at home with his parents. Every day he…

In pictures: a Chilean food market

“Tres por luca, solo mil pesos!” the vendor yelled, beckoning us to her stall where we could purchase some tempting fresh fruit on a hot summer day. Three views of La Vega, Santiago de Chile’s main food market. This place is usually packed during the day, with sellers loudly offering their produce and shoppers keenly…

The one where I almost got run over on the pavement

Back home I never took taxis. I come from a culture of public transport and the subway covers the whole city. The buses are clean(ish), generally punctual, and they always stop at traffic lights. This means that I’m a terrible driver and I have never owned a car, but it is ok because I never…