Another national day is fast approaching and we have to celebrate with a “cueca” dance, an empanada and a good glass of red. Let nobody tell you there is no reason to celebrate after so much tragedy in our battered Chile.
It’s true, in a short period of time, Chile has suffered various setbacks: more than a year ago it was the earthquake of February 27, 2010 and on the 5th of August the same year, the miners accident in the north of our country. In the last few days on the 2 of September a plane was lost at sea with 21 passengers.
In the political and economic front, we can’t forget the exhumation of the body of our ex-President Salvador Allende, to verify the cause of his death, nor can we forget the strikes and protests of the university and secondary students who demand free education of quality. But this is Chile…our country, located at the end of the world, a country of long-suffering, noble and solidary people who never lose hope of a better tomorrow, who overcome tragedy by getting back on their feet, who don’t bat an eyelid when it comes to sacrificing for a friend, who burst out on the streets spontaneously to protest when it has to be done, who celebrate communally when they are happy, who cry when the country is hurting.
This is our people, these same people would stretch out their hands and would receive you with an enveloping hug without boundaries and would invite you to celebrate our 18th of September! If you are coming to visit our country…we wait for you with open arms.
Luis & Adda