Category Archives: Chile

Double Earthquake

For the last 3 days, I had this feeling: Given that it happened at this time in Chile, where I used to live, I cannot help but write about the following two different earthquakes.

1. Chilean 8.3-magnitude earthquake (on Sep 17)
2. Chilean drink called “earthquake” (“Terremoto”) which people drink mostly in the national holidays (around Sep 18).
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Finding by Watching Copa America Online

Things are constantly changing: nature, trend, technology, your thought and body function (even at the cell level). Despite this, it is pretty rare that you realize that something has changed definitely, isn’t it? When do you feel it?

In my case, I realize change when I figure that I no longer can do something I could, rather than the other way around (because when you learn something, it is hard to see the difference). In other words, changes are noticeable when you lose something instead of gaining.

Since I moved to Mongolia, there were many changes, but today, I realized that I am indeed in Mongoliabecause I no longer have access to most of live stream channels (watching love TV online) due to where I am!!
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Directions


If you head north, you will hit the dry land and the desert. When you turn around and go all the way to the south, you will see glaciers. On the east side, you can always see Andean cordillera (unless theere is a smog especially in capital). Oh don’t forget that if you drive a few hours to the west, you will encounter Pacific Ocean and you can fly to some islands.

Everything mentioned here is what you can see in a single country, Chile, so that which direction you go really matters.

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It is time

2 hour’s difference could have changed so many things.

On April 22 (Wed) around 18:00, the eruptions blasted forth from Chile’s Calbuco volcano (Southern part of Chile – around Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas). This happened for the first time in more than 42 years, as if saying that it is time to wake up. And the scale of this disaster is one of the biggest ones in the last couple of years, which complicated the situation of Southern Chile. Also, ashes are reaching out to its neighbor countries such as Argentine, Uruguay and Brasil. As soon as it happened on Wednesday, the nearest airport of Puerto Montt was closed.

Actually, I was near the place right before it happened, and I flew back to Santiago from the airport of Puerto Montt 2 hours before the chaos made cancel all the flight.

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 3

Approximately a hundred years ago, there were two fishermen on a wooden boat who accidentally thrown back into the Pacific Ocean. 5 days later, having no idea of where they were heading toward, they landed at the place they called a continent. Those were the fishermen from the Robinson Crusoe Island (originally from the continent).

In 2012, a year after the tragic accident, their very grand (grand-grand?) sons had a community project of making a same wooden boat and deliberately sailing from the island to the continent, in order to revive the legend. Many people on the island helped to make it, and pinned their hope on three men, who arrived at the continent 5 days later just like their ancestors did. I happened to meet with one of the three men, who told me the following:

“We want to change the negative image of our island and let the world know that we have great people and culture.”

Although I was there only for 4 days, I kind of understood what he meant.

This is the last entry of the Robinson Crusoe.

  1. General information and how to get there
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 2

Surviving day by day for more than 4 years on a desert island, eating turtles, teaching parrots to speak, taming wild animals, helping a prisoner to train as a slave. Those are some of the highlights from the novel “Robinson Crusoe” (Daniel Defoe, 1719).

I guess If those who have read this novel have a chance to visit the Robinson Crusoe Island, many of them would get excited to be in the novel world, just like I did.

According to the people of the island, however, there is a common misunderstanding in this regard, and furthermore, there was a Japanese explorer who got involved with this island, upon which I will touch in this second entry of the Robinson Crusoe Island’s series.

  1. General information and how to get there
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 1

Today, more than a half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the proportion is expected to increase. With that in mind, I understand that some people say that when they get older, they want to live in the rural area to have calmer life (I am no exception to that). However, I rarely hear some people saying they want to live on an island, let alone the one located far away from the continent.

Well, I had a chance to stay on the legendary island about which I guess many people have heard or read through the novel written by Daniel Defoe about 300 years ago:
The Robinson Crusoe Island.

Since there was few updated information on this island on internet, and this experience was pretty impressive to me, I would like to share about this island by dividing into three entries:

  1. General information and how to get there (this entry)
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe 
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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