As women still typically do the family cooking, Chilean men in particular might never learn how to cook, so even if all you can whip up is a cheese omelet, your Chilean boyfriend will be amazed.
Dinner and a movie or a night out on the town might not always be on the agenda, so you two will design dates that are a bit more piola (chill): going for long walks, hanging out at home, or even trolling a mall — a favorite Chilean pastime.
With many long nights spent at your pololo‘s side singing karaoke to Los Prisioneros, Los Tres, and Los Jaivas, you’ll easily know enough Chilean music to start your own tribute band.
Perhaps it stems from a deep-seated fear of the araña del rincón (deadly spiders native to Chile that dwell in the untouched corners of one’s house), but Chileans are generally very tidy.
You used to roll your eyes when you came across a couple canoodling in public.
Since you started dating your Chilean boyfriend, your gringa fría (cold foreigner) ways have melted, and you’ve conformed to the ways of the Latin lover.
You’ve even warmed up to the previously appalling nose-to-nose nuzzle, and now you’re certain there’s no going back.
Chile’s national dance is the cueca, which essentially represents a rooster courting a chicken.
There are different types of cueca — the most aggressive form consists of the man dance-chasing his female partner in a circle with hops, twirls, and fancy footwork thrown in for good measure.
If you attend any party or festival with your pololo (boyfriend) on any national holiday (or any pisco-filled asado year-round) chances are high you’ll be dancing the cueca.