• Piola branches out.

    par le 29 mars 2010
    Beloved readers, As you may know already, I've left Chile - but I'm still writing. In particular, I will be writing about development issues as part of the Th!nk About It competition. My stuff is here. See you there.
  • Chile elected a new president.

    par le 22 janvier 2010
    I’m in Europe now; how I wish I could have witnessed the event! The tragic earthquake in Haiti hit at about the same time, so the election was less present in the international news than it could have been. It’s quite a big deal, really. Whilst the European media loved commenting the “leftist wave” sweeping Latin America, Chile is now taking a very different route.
  • Who decided that the North was up?

    par le 7 novembre 2009
    I was in Rio de Janeiro the other day (yes). It was shortly after the International Olympic Committee announced that the Cidade Maravilhosa would host the 2016 Summer Games - the first ever in South America. It made people merry, and rightly so. (Especially companies specialised in printing large banners like the one I photographed.
  • 10 things you didn't know about Easter Island.

    par le 3 octobre 2009
    Or maybe you did, because you're a refined and cultured piola reader, but since I didn't know before flying there, I will assume you didn't either. 1. Easter Island, a.k.a. Rapa Nui, the most remote inhabited island on Earth, is located some 3700 km off the Chilean coast, and belongs to the Chilean Valparaiso region. 2. It's getting cheaper to go.
  • Still alive.

    par le 7 septembre 2009
    You may have noticed my posting has been minimal lately. Mostly, that's because I've been filled with beautiful, and at times overpowering emotions. They've kept my inner observer too busy exploring my feelings to note anything meaningful about the outside world. Santiago is rainy. Chile watches football and keeps its breath until La Roja gets its ticket to the 2010 World Cup.
  • Public display of affection.

    par le 17 août 2009
    Captured on the streets of La Serena a couple of days ago. Sweet, uh?
  • How to be good at the Chilean till.

    par le 2 août 2009
    In Chilean supermarkets, the cashier always asks clients to make a small donation to charity. For instance: if she has to give you 817 pesos change, you'll donate 7 pesos to charity and get 810 pesos back. Most clients, myself included, agree to donating.
  • Sometimes I wonder if I should be grateful or pissed off.

    par le 29 juillet 2009
    At night, most (male) taxi drivers in Santiago wait at the door to check that I get into my house alright before driving off. I thought this was a business decision: in case I've forgotten my keys or something, I may need an extra ride. My girlfriends think it's just to make sure I get home safely. Which is sweet.
  • Can you name one famous LIVING Chilean?

    par le 9 juillet 2009
    I mean, famous in the rest of the world, and I mean, apart from Michelle of course? So OK, there's Fernando Gonzalez. He lost to Ferrero in the 3rd round of Wimbledon, but made it to Roland Garros's semi-final and is still #10 in the ATP ranking. Go Fernando. Speaking of tennis, there's also Marcelo Rios, but he retired years ago, so he doesn't really count.