Spotlight: Chilean Health Consultation

Laurel: “I don’t want to eat a lot of white bread this month. I’m trying to lose weight before going home.”

Host mom: “Very good. I will make toast instead of bread. Toast has fewer calories.”

Laurel: “Wow. That book might actually sell in the United States.”

— On the other side of Rancagua —

Host mom:  “Oiga, hija! Don’t wear sandals, you’ll get chronic sinusitus.”

Me: “I thought you said sinusitis was caused by sleeping with wet hair.”

Host Mom: “Si Si, los dos.”

Me: “Well, it’s 85 degrees outside, so how bout I blow dry my hair but risk the sandals.”

Host Mom: “Silly gringa. I’ll go make you some toast.”



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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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