Author Archives: Crystal

La Ruta de las Picadas: Oakland Taco Truck – Tacos Sinaloa

El viaje a The Bay Area era importante, era ponerme en contacto con las raíces de mi polola. Raíces que crecen tan grandes como las mías con Valparaíso. Son sentimientos a la bahía donde uno creció. La experiencia comienza cuando, luego de quedar varado en LAX por 7 horas, pude llegar a San Francisco (SFO) donde tomé el BART (Bay Area […]

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La Ruta de las Picadas: Donde Guido – Peruvian Sandwiches

Chileans love sandwiches. (PERIOD!) We could probably dedicate a whole blog to sandwiches and the picadas that sell them, however I’m not too fond of sandwhiches as much as Chileans are. I worked way too long at a sub shop to appreciate anything remotely similar, however being that I absolutely love Peruvian food, this post will be an exception as […]

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Downtown Nights

If you stay up long enough, you can hear the cries at night. They are usually unintelligible, both long and short, some repeat and others are horrifying.  It startled me the first time. I sat, waited and listened for it again, totally conscious of the background noises that I have learned to dismiss, but it just faded away into the […]

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Duckies and Chai Tea

Summer (yes, it´s summer in South America) isn´t exactly the greatest time for a hot cup of tea, but then again, it´s hard to break a habit! I´ve been craving a good, fat cup of chai latte for a while and thought I was saved when I saw it on a menu at Wonderful Café in Lastarria that I went to last […]

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The Girl from my Doorstep

There I was walking around in the late evening. I was meeting a friend somewhere, or so it seemed. Catching a glimpse of a figure at a distance, I walked towards him  and a sharp screech broke our silence. We both acted as if we did not hear anything and continued to walk towards each other, but the clamor continued […]

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Worldwide Caution!

Today I received an “emergency” e-mail from the US Embassy in Santiago de Chile addressed to citizens residing in Chile. Given the current state of the world and taking into account the tragedy that recently occurred in Norway, I anxiously opened the e-mail. In a matter of seconds so many thoughts ran through my head and I was hoping to […]

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A Guide to Understanding Introverts

I stumbled upon the Top Ten Myths About Introverts, which is reproduced below. I did not expect to find myself relating to every myth. People have frequently told me that I am an “unapproachable” person which is a euphemism that translates into “you look pissed, too serious, reserved and standoffish….Essentially an introvert…which is not a virtue”. Thank you constructive criticism. […]

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Old School Jams

I recently watched this short documentary called Why I Ride: Low and Slow which takes you on a cruise through the Mission District of San Francisco (or as one low rider put it: La Misión, Panchito, Aztlán). It took the viewer back to the 80s, which seemed like a foreign depiction to me knowing what La Misión is like now. […]

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