sarah.cl turned 1 today (on Tumblr)!
Dinner last night: quinoa and spinach parties over poached eggs.
Han habido muchos pequeños, pero importantes, cambios en mi vida desde que me mudé a Chile. Uno de estos cambios es que ya no tengo un auto y tengo que tomar el metro al trabajo todos los días. Esto me produce una gran cantidad de ahorro de tiempo al caminar y en el metro para escuchar música y audio.
Antes de Chile, no era una fan de los podcasts. De vez en cuando solía escucharlos en la radio NPR, pero no todos los días. Pero ahora todo esto ha cambiado y estoy completamente adicta al programa de NPR que se llama, “This American Life”
¿Qué es “This American Life”?
“This American Life” es una programa semanal de radio pública de difusión en más de 500 estaciones alrededor de 1,7 millones de oyentes. Es producido por Chicago Public Media, distribuido por la Radio Pública Internacional y ha ganado todos los premios importantes de radiodifusión. También es a menudo el podcast más populares en Estados Unidos, con más de medio millón de personas que lo descargan todas las semanas. Hay un tema en cada episodio, y una variedad de historias sobre este tema. La mayoría son historias reales de gente común, aunque no siempre.
De todas formas, el tema de “This American Life” esta semana es “Prom”. Aunque no lo he terminado de escuchar, sin embargo, me ha traído muchos recuerdos de mi propio baile de graduación.
Aquí está el secreto: ¡Nunca fui al mío! En lugar de pasar la noche de mi baile de graduación estaba en una sala de prensa en Jacob K. Javits Center en la ciudad de Nueva York redactando artículos de tecnología en una conferencia.
Esto es una locura: Estaba feliz.
Y aquí está la cosa más loca: Incluso hasta hoy no cambiaría esa experiencia por nada del mundo.
No quería pasar el tiempo con gente con la que tenía una falta amistad. No quería gastar dinero en un vestido de fantasía y dar esperanzas a un tipo que quería ir conmigo. No quería que mis padres se fijaran en mí y tomaran fotos tontas. Y (por supuesto) no quería pensar sobre el consumo ilegal de alcohol o tener que hacer cosas estúpidas con respecto a la sexualidad.
En vez, sólo quería estar en silencio con una computadora contribuyendo cosas al mundo tecnológico. Puede ha sido una geek cuando tenía 18 años, pero no importa – Era feliz.
And I took screenshots:
IMO, even scarier than the image above:
Probably the last word I think of when I think of Willard Mitt Romney:
I always wanted to work in the White House…
Here’s the actual website, but good luck getting through. It’s on the verge of server collapse.
This is Raymond the orphan koala bear and he is too cute to comprehend.
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I went to the mall, and a little girl called me a terrorist.
My name is Ela. I am seventeen years old. I am not Muslim, but my friend told me about her friend being discriminated against for wearing a hijab. So I decided to see the discrimination firsthand to get a better understanding of what Muslim women go through.
My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall. Normally, vendors try to get us to buy things and ask us to sample a snack. Clerks usually ask us if we need help, tell us about sales, and smile at us. Not today. People, including vendors, clerks, and other shoppers, wouldn’t look at us. They didn’t talk to us. They acted like we didn’t exist. They didn’t want to be caught staring at us, so they didn’t look at all.
And then, in one store, a girl (who looked about four years old) asked her mom if my friend and I were terrorists. She wasn’t trying to be mean or anything. I don’t even think she could have grasped the idea of prejudice. However, her mother’s response is one I can never forgive or forget. The mother hushed her child, glared at me, and then took her daughter by the hand and led her out of the store.
All that because I put a scarf on my head. Just like that, a mother taught her little girl that being Muslim was evil. It didn’t matter that I was a nice person. All that mattered was that I looked different. That little girl may grow up and teach her children the same thing.
This experiment gave me a huge wakeup call. It lasted for only a few hours, so I can’t even begin to imagine how much prejudice Muslim girls go through every day. It reminded me of something that many people know but rarely remember: the women in hijabs are people, just like all those women out there who aren’t Muslim.
People of Tumblr, please help me spread this message. Treat Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Taoists, etc., exactly the way you want to be treated, regardless of what they’re wearing or not wearing, no exceptions. Reblog this. Tell your friends. I don’t know that the world will ever totally wipe out prejudice, but we can try, one blog at a time.
I have a friend that is vacationing in Santiago in a few months and I offered to help her with some recommendations of things to do, locations to stay and of course places to eat in Santiago. It still boggles my mind that people now refer to me as a local, but I suppose after living here for over two years I can get myself around quite a bit and know where there is some good grub.
After writing this list of favorite restaurants I thought it would be worth sharing with the blogosphere in case anyone else can make use of it. Enjoy!
Amazing vegetarian food. Everytime my mom comes to Santiago she makes sure she goes here at least 2-3 times (no joke). Their menu of the day is always perfect.
Another vegetarian restaurant, owned actually by the daughter of El Huerto. This place is a little bit of a drive (or cab ride) but in my opinion absolutely worth it. It’s probably some of the best vegetarian food I’ve ever had. If you go make sure to get some of their special lemonade (I think they have limonada jengibre/ginger which is amazing!)
This bar is an institution within itself. There are a few locations, the original being close to Metro Manuel Montt. Some of the waiters have some of the most impressive mustaches I have ever seen. The nice thing about Liguria is that it is a far cry from bar food. Basically great drinks, tons of beer on tap and amazing food. It gets packed at night too.
There are tons of Dominó chains all over the city (not to be confused with the Domino pizza). The completo is a Chilean tradition - basically a souped up hot dog with a heavy helping of mayonnaise (Chileans think mayo is a food group), avocado, tomato, etc… Dominó restaurants have the old soda fountain look and serve quite the selection of completos. This is something you have to try if you are in Chile. Also, Dominó has fantastic fresh juices that they make in house. I’m addicted to their piña (pineapple) where Rod is partial to their zanahoria (carrot) juice.
Peruvian food is so bountiful down here that if you have time go and grab some. There is a Peruvian restaurant in Patio Bellavista (http://patiobellavista.cl/barandiaran.html) but Rod and my favorite Peruvian restaurant now is Pachamama (http://www.pachamamarestaurant.cl/) which you would have to go by cab. I think it’s worth the cab fee.
So many Chilean food restaurants (obviously?) here! I really like Bar Galindo (http://galindo.cl/inicio.htm) but there are quite a range of them depending on what you want to eat and what your budget is.