In graduate school I was lucky to have not one but two professors from Chile and so I learned a bit about the terrible events of the late 70s in that country. One of them recounted to us how he left Chile with money sown into his jacket while...
In a deathbed monologue that's at turns grounded, dreamlike, confessional, but always gripping, Father Urrutia tells the story of a man who wanted to be a poet but became a priest; a “half-hearted priest,” (as the book jacket tells us) who delights in his role as literary critic and writer...
"Today, I dedicate this to you, you are long like the body of Chile, delicate like an anise flower, and in every branch you bear witness to our indelible springtimes... you guard the sun, the earth, the violets in your slender shadow when you sleep. And in this way, every morning you give me life." - Pablo Neruda from the poem "Every Day, Matilde"
Such tangible and raw beauty lifts off the pages of Pablo Neruda's poetry. How such words can then take form in the mind and senses to create a world within your world. His poems allow the soul to escape to exotic places of body and earth and allows the soul to come back to the not so exotic places of home. Truly an inspiration for love and lover, the serene place of mind, and volcanic places of the heart.
When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.
CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.)
Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.