do you like empanadas?

Rockin’ Ronnie is into them right now.

I tried many in Chile. Too bready. Not tasty enough for me. I do like the olive, however. It’s a treat.


An empanada (Spanish pronunciation: [empaˈnaða]; also called pastel in Portuguese and pate in Haitian Creole) is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Latin Europe, Latin America, the Southwestern United States, and parts of Southeast Asia. …


why I don’t like Chile

Chile is 2600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide. From the main north/south highway it’s easy access to fantastic wilderness.

how could Rick not LOVE Chile

how could Rick not LOVE Chile?

Chile should be a tourist destination as good as New Zealand.

But it’s not. :-(

I’ve spent about 2 months total in Chile traveling most of the 2600 miles. Costs are similar to Canada … but quality of goods and services are poor by comparison.

If you find something of qualityCasa Azul hostel, for example – chances are it’s run by a foreigner. Probably German.

Most of the expats I met in Chile were frustrated by Chilean society.

People on the trail are good. But I’m not much impressed with the interactions I have with Chileans in the towns and cities.

A currency exchange guy tried to give me only half my money one time. (I’ve seen scummy practice like this in Italy recently, too.)

smokerThe World Health Organisation (2013) says over 40% of Chileans smoke, compared with 27% of Argentines and 17% of people in Brazil, where curbs on smoking began in the late 1990s. Chile’s health minister, Jaime Mañalich, says that treating tobacco victims takes a quarter of the $10 billion public health-care budget.

Chile’s smokers are getting younger. According to the Tobacco Atlas, a study of the industry, nearly 40% of girls aged 13-15 in Santiago, Chile’s capital, smoke cigarettes. That is up from just 20% in 2003, and is the highest rate in the world. …

The population looks unhealthy. Walking the streets reminds me of walking in Mexico. A very high percentage of people are conspicuously overweight. This is new to these nations.

Chile ranks 23 on a 2007 list of fattest countries with a percentage of 65.3% of its citizens with an unhealthy weight …

The diet is poor, I think. They still love hotdogs in Chile.

It’s a land that still (mostly) drinks instant coffee.

Internet access is slow Or non-existant. This is a land without enough competition between corporations.

The best reasons to visit Chile are outdoors adventure. And wine.

Otherwise, there are plenty of better destinations for the foreign tourist. I like southern Spain much better, for example.

I liked Chile better my 2004 visit

related – Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile (1999) by Sara Wheeler

Maze Runner series

The Maze Runner series is a series of young adult science fiction adventure novels by James Dashner.

For some odd reason I just finished listening to the first 4 books.

You could say they are poorly written. Or written for 13yr-old boys. (No sex, no profanity,  much ultra-violence.)

The plot is somewhat interesting. Better than Hunger Games, for example.

Still, I’d never have even heard of this YA series if it weren’t for the films. The films are slightly better.

The Maze Runner, was released on September 19, 2014 and became a commercial success grossing over $348 million worldwide. The second film, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was released on September 18, 2015, and was also a success, grossing over $312 million worldwide. The film series is set to continue with the third film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure which is set to be released on February 17, 2017.

Click PLAY or watch a Maze Runner trailer on YouTube.