10 HABITS FROM CHILE I NEED TO GET RID OF (when I am back in Europe)

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

After more than 6 months here in Chile I do some things that are different from what I normally do in Denmark. It is these small things that Chileans don’t think about because for them it’s normal, but for me, it was something I thought about. I have collected 10 habits that I need to get rid of when I am back in Denmark (read with humor): 

 

♥ Traffic light behavior; waiting until the signal is green which means “yes, now you can walk”. I need to stop crossing the road when it shows “red man”. It’s actually a habit I never quit after my first trip to Mexico. I only wait politely when there are kids around me and I need to be a good grown-up example.

♥ When visiting the toilets, the paper goes into the toilet. Not in a bucket. I need to be conscious about it, if not, I am going to through used toilet paper on the floor thinking there is a toilet bucket next to me. I know, because every time I have been in Mexico it takes me like 1 week to skip this habit. I’m turning my head like “where the hell is the bucket?? Ahh..”

♥ Stop putting shitloads of salt and lemon on the salad. Danish (and probably many other nationalities) actually like the taste of a good salad. Not the taste of lemon/salt.

♥ Not honking at everybody in the traffic if they are just 1 second too slow to react. Danish people get really pissed by unnecessary use of the honking horn. You only do it when it’s really necessary or the person you are honking at are acting in an almost life-threatening way.

♥ Mayonnaise doesn’t come before ketchup.. and definitely not before remoulade!

♥ Avocado is great yes, but on certain things. Putting avocado on everything including your hotdog (+ loads of mayonnaise) is still not a thing in Denmark. You know, keep that healthy stuff out of our precious fast food!

10 HABITS FROM CHILE I NEED TO GET RID OF (when I am back in Europe)

♥ Danish friends might think 10 pm is too late for meeting up on a normal labor day.  And you probably need to book a day or time in their calendar and not ask same day if they are “up to something tonight”. And tonight is not 10 pm. It’s probably more like 8 pm.

♥ Respecting the unwritten rule for when you can call a person. Not between 6 pm and 8 pm because people are probably eating with their family. And calling people related to the job and other practical stuff is something you do during normal work hours, not after 6 pm and definitely not on the weekends!

♥ Stop using your face to “point” at a direction. Chileans don’t point with their fingers if somebody asks for the direction. They gesture with their lips. Back to pointing with your fingers, or else people will get confused with your weird face gestures!

♥ Stop “cheek-kissing” when greeting people (it’s actually not a kiss on the cheek, but your touch the cheek with your cheek and make a kiss sound or kiss in the air).Actually, it’s one of the most confusing things and I still don´t get it: when are we doing cheek kiss, when do we just shake hands and when do we go all the way with both cheek-kiss and a hug? If you are Chilean and think “I know when”, let me tell you: I have asked various Chileans and I get a different answer each time. I had some very awkward moments thanks to this. But well, it’s the same in Denmark. I am also pretty confused when to shake hands and when to hug.  I got the same question and I don’t know. So yes, we have awkward greeting moments like this situation when someone is reaching out their hand for a handshake and the other person is opening his or her arms for a hug. Erhmm… who wins?

 

Can you recognize some of this? And did you like the article? Please share and I promise to give you a cheek-kiss and a hug (unless you start out by reaching your hand).  

10 HABITS FROM CHILE I NEED TO GET RID OF

 

6 comments

  1. This is super fascinating. I’d love to visit Chile. I feel the same about avocado although my SO would LOVE Chile from the sounds of it. The lip pointing sounds interesting! Can’t wait to visit!

    1. You need to go there one day – but its soon large the country and you need to figure out whether you are to vineyards, desserts or glaciers 😛 Its so extreme! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. This is so interesting. I have never been to Chile so some of this was lost on me but I def laughed at the lips pointing – yes maybe stop that one before you go home lol. I also am super confused on the cheek-kiss vs. hug vs. hand shake here in Canada. I can get really socially awkward around this and its THE WORST when you go in for a hug and they go for a shake and it ends of being a half side hug haha I think this must be applicable in any country.

    1. Its too confusing and so awkward when you don’t sync with the other person 😛 Where I work now I started saying only hi to people but cheek-kissing my co-worker because I knew her better than the others who works the same place, but are not part of the company. And I was thinking if they thought I was not polite for only saying hi to them, but yeah.. for me it just felt weird when they aren’t my co-workers. But I still have no idea how to act haha 😛 Thanks for your comment:)

  3. Definitely not familiar with the avocado on hotdogs!? Yeah the handshaking/kissing/hugging situation can get weird, I even have it with Dutch friends I know for years. I just don’t know what to do haha! Will you come back or is your plan to stay in Chile for a longer period of time?

    1. They are crazy about avocado here! It was something new for me as well to put it in hotdogs, but I like it. But not the mayonnaise – its too much! I am staying until May, going back to Denmark some week and then Asia 2,5 months, back to Denmark and then September, back to Chile and take one more season. After that I don’t know 😛 Thanks for your comment 🙂

Leave a Reply