My Little Pink Suitcase

Traveling for work with my carry-on


July 2014

The beauty of being thankful

This is not big news: when something is regular in our lives, we take it for granted. José Ortega y Gasset, the famous Spanish philosopher, highlighted repeatedly how we accepted that the ground beneath out feet would support our weight every morning. When beauty is common, it is no longer exceptional. I challenge you to go back to the basics and be thankful for the beauty around you. I am thankful I grew in up in a place like this:20140719_102939

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The beauty in the ugly: how Puerto Montt can be a nice place too

Anyone from the Argentine side of the Andes will be puzzled if you told them you are visiting Puerto Montt. “Why?” they would ask, and add: “it’s such a horrible city”. Yes, Puerto Montt is not traditionally a tourist city but, as I said about Osorno, its raw look poses a challenge to discover its beauty. Continue reading “The beauty in the ugly: how Puerto Montt can be a nice place too”

Oath before God and the Nation: Chile’s 10th of July

The new conscripts at the military base stationed in Coyhaique (Chile) have taken the oath to the nation today. Technically speaking, it was before the nation (the patria or fatherland) and to the flag. Continue reading “Oath before God and the Nation: Chile’s 10th of July”

#Themiddleofnowhere and happy

In Patagonia, the Andes mountains get lower and the valleys wider. You wouldn’t believe me if you flew from Puerto Montt because all you see during the flight is rocky peaks loaded with snow. I mean, loads of snow in a never-ending sight of white. During the 1-hour journey you wonder two things: Continue reading “#Themiddleofnowhere and happy”

Sea lions up river: welcome to Valdivia

Valdivia is a city up river, it has the seaside smell -only a couple of miles to the east- and the promenades along the river banks. Even the University there, Universidad Austral de Chile, has a privileged campus with river access. Continue reading “Sea lions up river: welcome to Valdivia”

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