Fun Fact Friday: Chile (with poll)

The Chilean Miners

Please join me in sending a basket of good vibes over to the 33 Chilean miners who’ve been trapped underground since August 5th. They could be freed anytime between next week and November. It just depends on how long the digging machines take to finish their jobs.

Each miner will take three hours to lift out of the mine, in a very narrow, bullet looking contraption. Three hours, lifted through rock, a half mile tall, but nearly touching both shoulders.

Just the thought makes my chest feel tight.

Here’s a complete story from a few weeks ago.

Chilean meal times:

Lunchtime is celebrated in Chile. Often a leisurely affair, complete with appetizer, main course, and light dessert, lunch falls in the middle of the afternoon Рusually between 1 and 3 pm.

About the time my family eats dinner (5-7 pm), Chileans are eating “Onces.” They’ll usually put on a pot of tea or coffee and eat some bread, rolls, pastries, or even sandwiches.

I’m already in my pajamas when Chileans eat dinner. They sit down between 9pm and midnight. For real.

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Comments

  1. On the days I have to work (12-9pm) I eat “lunch” between 3-5pm and it varies then eat a snack when I get home. On my days off I like to eat around 7pm. I don’t think I could eat as late as the Chileans!

  2. Usually between 8 and 9 p.m.

  3. Jessica Bennett says:

    I used to have no set meal time and just ate when I was hungry. Now I have some health issues and seem to need a strict meal schedule or I get faint and cranky. I miss my carefree days.

    • globaltable says:

      That’s difficult – I have a really hard time scheduling myself.. especially now, with Ava. I usually just end up eating when she gets hungry (which is constantly these days).

  4. They are lifting the miners to safety!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/world/americas/14chile.html

  5. While my comment is very belated, what a cool project that you are working on and I was excited to see Chile on your list of already completed countries! I have called Chile home for the past 4 years, although I am originally from Colorado. One thing I have noticed more and more in the past years, is that families are eating “dinners” less and less. My husband (Chilean) and I normally only eat “once” and leave it at that, unless we are meeting up with friends or invited to someone’s house, in which case we will skip the “once” all together and just wait for dinner. But traditionally, they do like to eat late here! That was a shock to me when I first moved here….as was waiting until 1pm for lunch and having a huge lunch. Typically lunches are the “main” meal so they are hearty and for most Chileans a PB&J sandwich with chips (which I called lunch in grades K-12 growing up) is not a meal at all! But now I’ve gotten used to having bigger lunches and I actually like it more than having a heavy dinner which tends to put me in a food coma! Anywho….great coverage of the country! I’m excited to check out the other countries you have done!

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