Category Archives: Expat Life

Warhol Oliveira, el artista detrás Argentinian Pizza Supper Club

Cenas a escondidas con Warhol Oliveira Hace un par de semanas tuvimos una nueva experiencia de Cena a Escondidas, esta vez lo único que sabíamos era “Pizzas Argentinas”, pero resultó ser MUCHO más. Llegamos a un piso dentro de un antiguo edificio a algunos pasos del Parque Forestal en el centro de Santiago. Al llegar al último nivel de esas escaleras […]

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Bay Essence Interviewed on

Bay Essence has been featured and interviewed on about my expat journey in Chile! is a wonderful resource for future and current expats all over the world. Whether you’re looking for housing, insurance or employment information, they have a team of experts to help answer your questions. Here’s their blurb about me in the interview: Crystal Manafi is a 25-year-old […]

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Celebrating 4th of July in Chile

During holidays like the 4th of July, I’ve been asked how we celebrate in the US. My US Independence Day celebrations seem a little boring compared to the Chilean counterpart that turns into a week-long celebration with barbecue hopping, unlimited empanadas, ever-flowing wine and chicha, cueca dancing, and tons of festivities all over the nation. In the US, I would maybe […]

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Gringo Thoughts: Mocking Accents

Gringo Thoughts – my rants based on my own personal experiences and frustrations of living as a gringa in a foreign country. This post does not necessarily represent my  more thought out, less emotionally driven views on any particular subject and is meant to be taken lightly. Every day is a lesson, and the best thing I’ve learned is to […]

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Fearful Phone Calls Abroad

I recently read one of Jorge Ramos’ articles describing a phone call he received while covering a story abroad. His father had a heart attack, and Ramos hopped on the next plane to Mexico City where he met his family and simply waited. Fortunately, his father survived. That phone call is that last thing everyone living abroad wants to receive […]

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Thanksgiving in Chile Fail

Turkey Day, as it is colloquially called, is one of my favorite holidays. Not because I believe all that rubbish about peace and fraternity between Native Americans and Pilgrims, it’s primarily because I enjoy spending time with my family as we remind ourselves to be grateful and appreciative of all the positive things in our lives. Thanksgiving is also one […]

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