Author Archives: Crystal

4/20 and Reasons to be a Lana

Since I’ve been here, I’ve taken an interest towards lanas, and by lana I mean the niche group of people. There isn’t much information about them online, so here is my anthropological two cents on lanas. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, I’m sure you have seen them. They’re those who typically wear wool clothing (hence being called a lana), […]

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Gringo Stand-Up Comedy in Santiago: Eileen Shea

I’ve loved stand-up comedy since I was a kid. I remember religiously watching the Comedy Central stand-up specials, and in high school I even snuk out to see an encore performance of one of my favorite comedians at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland (sorry, overprotective/uncooperative parents!). I attended my first local comedy show when I was 13 years old at […]

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I’m not ‘Spanish’!

Welcome to one of my rants. I’ve been away from the blog for a while and have been back in the states. I figured I might as well write a rant about the US since Chile is usually the topic of discussion…and there are far too many rants to write about Chile in the future. 😉 I really have a problem with […]

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Sex, Love and Motels

I can’t pinpoint the time when I learned that there was a difference between motel and hotel in the Chilean dialect. However, I do remember my host family mentioning in passing that a friend of theirs stayed at a hotel during a vacation and my host mother’s granddaughter interrupted asking, “Did they go to a hotel or a motel?” Everyone […]

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