The Pacific Ocean to the Viñamarinos (the citizens of Viña del Mar, Chile) have an interesting relationship worth noting to those of us who live in the cold Northland of MN. Similar to that of Lake Superior, most people who live in the vicinity of the ocean do not take notice to it very much. I know what you all are thinking, "How can one live next to the ocean and not love it?" It's similar to that of Lake Superior to us. I drove past Lake Superior often in my time in Duluth and there would be times where I forgot about it. Then we think to ourselves that it will be so cool to live next to a beach. To the Viñamarinos, they barely notice the beach and barely go there in there free time. In some ways, from this observation, I have come to appreciate the fact that I don't live by the ocean so that when I do go there, I can appreciate it more than the actual people who see it everyday.
December 2011 Archives
Interestingly enough, there happens to be quite a presence of sushi in Chile. Although I do not like sushi, many gringos in our group jumped at the opportunity to eat sushi often. It seemed like there was a sushi place every other block. Living in Viña del Mar, seafood in general whether the supply in the supermarkets or restaurants maintained a large presence. Due to the large industry of fishing in the nearby port-city Valparaíso, this also makes sense. Also in line with this observation is the fact that many people of Japanese, Chinese, or Korean descent have found their way to Chile to live, work, or study. This may have to do with the opening in trade between Chile and the East Asian Bloc.