I have been made aware of a growing community of expat bloggers in Chile recently. They are such a community that for this holiday season they even banded together to make a collective blog post of their New Years resolution’s. Wow, that’s cute.
The tone is like an extension of the “Chile spouses” club, whichindeed exists in greater Santiago giving guidance and support to new arrivals. An inter generational event, sources say that is can be as influential as it is innocent with deep connections in Chilean high society.
Blogs…Probably the most famous of them all, besides C.hileno, Matt, who for some reason stays in Valparaiso. He runs a blog called Corrugated City in which he sells real estate, highlights architectural features of Valparaiso and takes photos of colored pants.
Unfortunately my respect for him was quite diminished after he took information I provided to him about my family to insult me and my family. Good guy.
Thankfully there are others. Most recently to have arrived Chile-side, are Andres!Andres! and Federico!Federico!, who have put together Kompis!Kompis!, a crate-diggers tour of Santiago de Chile. (Thanks Wichita!Linemen!)
During the Kompis! Kompis! world tour in Santiago, Chile, the next 6-7 months, we’ll be posting some interesting, curious or simply right on damned fine cuts that we’ve been finding in this LA-look-a-like mad and inmense South American capital.
What is crate-digging? It goes like this. Today’s music has become stagnant, originality is waning, musical styles have been firmly developed and what remains? Taking samples of old, undiscovered music, and integrating bits and pieces of it into new songs. DJ Rupture is proficient in crate-digging, and highlighting musical traditions from around the world (really into cumbia), almost like a musicologist. Girl Talk is like a meta-example of cutting and sampling. He melds samples from a wide range of songs to create whole ones.
While I am a bit mystified as to Kompis!Kompis! would have come to Chile (maybe they have family?) for old vinyl and cuttable tracks, there is some history of classic Chilean groups getting sampled.
Notably, Los Angeles Negros was sampled by Jay-Z on My First Song, a couple years back.
I’m sure the Chilean progressive rock band the Los Blops! could be picked up, but what else…well, I await the results of Kompis!Kompis!
For a sample of current Chilean music see Conspirazion (straight from Villa Francia) and El Dorado. Perrosky has folk, garage rock and Panico has history and international reach and Dj Bitman and Roban have funk. Ricardo Villalobos is a god of minimal electronic music in Berlin, and worldwide. Atom Heart, a collaborator and maybe even mentor, is deeply involved in the Chilean music scene.
Musica.cl will get you quite far, and so will a couple other sites that I’ve forgotten and will fill in later.
A community of bloggers in Chile (Thanks to Corrugated City.)
Meredith’s Valpo-teaching English, stories and descriptions.
Southern Cone Travel-News and stories from Chile and Argentina
Married life and other stuff in Chile
Santiago Tourist-Everything you wanted to know about Smogland
A young(ish) family’s move to Chile (in French)
Emily is a Gringa.
Joel’s Chile Experience
Bloggers in Valparaiso-one big happy family
At last…another English language blog about Valparaiso!
Feminism in Chile and Life in Valparaiso
Lazy Gringo Ski Bum in Chile-info about skiing & Chile.
Another Santiago based blogger-the backwards Colin
Anthony’s blog-living and teaching in Santiago
Dan’s blog-more living and teaching in Santiago
Real Chile-English/Spanish Blog About Valparaiso and Chile in General
The Small Blog: Valparaiso
Lanchiloe-(it’s in Slovenian, you know..!)
para sus tres actores, pues los márgenes seguían reduciéndose e incluso
comenzaban a ser negativos respecto de muchos productos, poniendo en
duda los reales beneficios de esta situación para un eventual vencedor, en
comparación, claro está, con los beneficios de la colaboración.
en los productos que más bajaron durante la guerra. Pero había que
coordinarse muy bien, porque esos productos eran los denominados notorios
y éticos, como se señaló, de modo que si una de las Cadenas de Farmacias
alzaba su precio y no lo hacían al unísono las otras, la demanda se desviaría
el acuerdo, en términos de número de productos, fueron: “G3. Hormonas
sexuales y productos con efectos deseados similares, solo acción sistémica6”
(25 productos), “N3. Antiepilépticos” (20 productos), “N6. Psicoanalépticos
excluyendo preparados antiobesidad” (18 productos), “N5. Psicolépticos” (16
productos) y “C9. Agentes activos en el sistema en angiotensinas y renina
Heroic dog tries to save his buddy who has been hit by a fast-moving car in the fast-lane of an six-lane highway. The incident occurred March 23rd 2008, but the video was recently released, according to highway officials. A wave of attention around the world has been attracted by this most “human” of reactions.
Welcome to a dogs life in Chile, the Beat life.
There are thousands of them in Santiago and throughout the country.
Roaming in packs through the city, they have a history of attacking young children and old ladies. They are also sweet and loyal, but it still is not suggested you touch them. They can be mangy, scabied, scarred and limping, not to mention funny-looking. Survival of the fittest indeed. With no leash to speak of, no caretakers, they adopt the characteristics of a pack of orphaned kids, or a bored gang afterschool.
Remember the movie Kids?
They guard their territory, and have rampant sex with large and small, and get stuck, they scavenge what they can, strike up useful friendships sympathetic people, and will sometimes follow you home.
You can identify the leaders, the bitches, the new arrivals and the lame and weak one’s who despite their physical attributes have garnered the loyalty of the bigger dogs, and thus protection.
One identifies bizarre combinations, dachsunds and terriers, big head, small legs, and occassionally purebreds.
They are to some extent adored and given nicknames and protection, as they permeate Chilean society.
One blogger, Carmen Figueroa Cox, writing for the conservative, and “pure-bred” El Mercurio website, has even suggested that “quiltros” be Chile’s country image to reflect Chile’s actual mestizo state, and debunk the absurd pursuit of purity, and thus exclusivity and exceptionalism in Chilean blood lines.
To Aperrar is a verb meaning “to dog it.” It is the closest thing to Beat, as used in On the Road, exhausted to the point of exaltation.
But how did the quiltros get here.
Well, I’d just say it is partially the irresponsibility of a country with fucked up views of virility and sex, even dog sex. Or at least this is what one person told me. Male dogs are not castrated because it is inhumane, said one dog owner in a conversation. These male dogs are also allowed to roam the streets at night, only to come home to scraps.
Pet “owners” take minimal care of them and seem to adopt them willfully, but take little care.
Often times it is a question of money. Spaying and neutering cost much money that is often better spent elsewhere.
The Humane Society would still be something that Chileans would associate with victims of torture under the Pinochet regime, not dogs.
In lieu of social norms and any sort of policy to deal with the issue, there are occasional roundups and mass slaughter of street dogs, or quiltros.
In one case the dogs who had staked a claim to the Plaza de la Constitucion, or the Plaza in front of the Presidential Palace, survived a roundup of three years ago. Why? They had the protection of the Presidential guard, literally.
The dogs often have the sympathy of the people, who give them nicknames, like Jonas and Mero, in this fictional account of the above video.
But for those who don’t have this protection, there is mass slaughter (euthenasia), which most recently occurred at the Sociedad Protectora de Animales where the bodies of 30 cat and dogs were found on site. It is alleged that weekly 50 dog carcasses are removed from the site.
See The Clinic for more:
resulting in this: