Michelle Bachelet just took office this week after an easy election, meaning I’ve been here way longer than I planned. That happens in Chile. I remember her first presidency and I’ve been here through Piñera’s first term. I have met a lot of people here that came for a year, and then stayed for 7, 11 or 17. Strange how this happens. I suppose most of it stems from international romance. The President of the Senate Isabelle Allende (not the writer) happens to be Salvador Allende’s daughter, as well as the first female to hold this post. Aside from what the future holds for these two politicians, it was interesting to watch two women who were both tortured by Pinochet’s regime take the reins of power here after all these years. Very interesting indeed. For more info, read here.