One of the great things about Chile, for me coming from the tranquil (read: boring) Midwest, is the possibility of running into movie stars on the street and national sports heroes in the mall.
In fact, my (host) cousin, Karin, has been on Diario de Eva, an afternoon talk show for young people. Really! You can watch her here.
She also runs some of the underground parties I have talked about in the past, sings, and works as a DJ. From what I can tell, she is making money and gaining a following. I have even heard that she may become more of a regular on Diario de Eva as an electropop singer.
And to think, I knew here when she was 9 years old!
Last week or so, S and I were switching channels before bed and we happened upon a reality TV show. One of the contestants turned out to be a classmate of his from law school. I would tell you what classmate/ contestant and what reality TV show, but my memory is not good enough. He refuses to tell me now for fear I will blog about it. Turns out he has good reason not to tell me, but it didn’t stop me from blogging.
Also, apparently, a kid, Angel, who was at my first high school in Chile is now acting in theater and getting well known. I would love to run into him some day to catch up. For now all I can say is that I knew him when…
I also went to high school with the Chilean women’s archery team to the Olympics in 2000 and something. Plus, I went to school with AND lived AND have dated (not the ones I lived with) boys who were really big in the Chilean basketball league.
See? This is one of the things I love about Chile. The country is small enough that stars can surround you; you can hobnob with them; you can be friends with them; and, if you are lucky, they might be your family.
***Final revelation of this email: as cool as it is to know people on TV, I think it would be even cooler to be on TV in one of the HGTV reality shows or something like What Not To Wear. Laughing? Well, just remember Kyle wanted to try out for Peloton, a Chilean reality show that reinacts bootcamp.