Thursday, March 30, 2006

I think I love you, too, Michelle!

News from Chile, oft described 'most conservative country in South America,' after the swearing-in of the first directly elected female president in the country's history:

Yet the emotion shown by thousands who gathered in the streets of Valparaiso and Santiago on Saturday showed that a lot of people want to believe Bachelet's election represents a turning point. Women sobbed as they watched her wave from a convertible, men screamed, "We love you, Michelle," at her inauguration ceremony and schoolgirls leaned over barrier ropes to get a closer look at their new leader.

"I'm sensing in the street a sort of revolution, and I'm sorry that I didn't do a poll to measure it," said Marta Lagos, head of the polling firm, Mori Chile. "I was at a restaurant recently with my husband, and the waitress gave me the check -- she said it 'wasn't his anymore.' That might seem like a trivial thing, but you have to wonder if these are the kinds of things that make important changes in a society."

-Washington Post

I'm off to the Chilean Embassy in a few hours to see "Once upon a Painting - Chapter 1: Seeds," a painting exhibit by three artists. The show is a three-parter, meant to show the artist's reactions to each other's work. In this first show, none of them have seen the other's paintings. The second chapter will show their responses to the first chapter, and so on. I'm not sure what I think of the whole idea yet, but it could be interesting. All three artists, by the way, are women.

For those of you who don't know, I studied abroad in Chile after my first year in law school (in fact, it's the only reason I went to the god forsaken school that I did, because they had this program). I'm interested to see the Embassy here. Maybe I can compare it to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago after umpteen hours I spent there when I lost my passport on a plane. Good times.


At 10:58 PM, April 01, 2006, Blogger Roonie said...

We had a bunch of study abroad programs, and a joint MA in Int'l Affairs...all of which were a huge sham or came with indeterminable strings attached when you actually became enrolled. Crock!

At 9:30 PM, April 02, 2006, Anonymous kirk diogu said...

uh, bachelet is a socialist. hardly conservative. the only thing "conservative" about chile is they have adopted (mostly) free market economics -- hence their recent boom. the rest of latin america, excluding brazil, by and large shuns free markets. hence, brazil is the only other stable / growing nation in south america.

At 12:59 AM, April 03, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

kirk - you misread. i didn't say bachelet was conservative, i said the country was - and in fact is - well known as the most conservative country in south america. and it has nothing to do with their free markets. divorce was only legalized a few years ago. "illegitimate" children still have a hell of time being recognized as, say, real people with rights. check it out, it's pretty messed up. hopefully bachelet will turn things around down there.


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