It’s hailing outside. Yeah, you read that right. Hailing. Without a doubt, winter has finally arrived in Santiago and the temperatures and general weather eccentricities around these parts have been notably intense for the past few days. When we moved here back in November we never expected that we would ever utter the words hail, frost or rainstorm ever again. At that time (in the height of summer) temperatures were soaring daily beyond the upper 30s and rain seemed but a long-forgotten commodity which we, out of politeness, simply didn’t mention. After awhile our parched lips and sweat-soaked foreheads became the norm and coming from Amsterdam, a place where wind, wetness and a perpetual chill are simply the status quo, it never crossed our minds to complain about our new arid, hostile environment.