Hey all! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rob Glover and I’m a professor in the Political Science Department and the Honors College at the University of Maine…most of the time. From January to May 2017, I’m participating in a study abroad in Santiago, Chile with students from UMaine and all over the country, coordinated by the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC). I’m teaching some courses on globalization and student activism, honing my Spanish that has fallen into disrepair from lack of use, and generally just trying to live and exist in a society very different than my own.
A little bit about this blog–first, the title. It actually stems from a Chilean slang term (there is so much Chilean slang….I’m sure I’ll end up doing a post on it). Cachureo basically translates to “junk.” And a cachurero would be an individual that collects and tries to sell or repurpose said junk.
I like this term, and in a lot of ways, in an intellectual sense, that’s what I’ll be doing here. I’m not really aiming for anything particularly deep or meaningful. I’m just looking for a place to share and process some of my experiences as they happen, serving the dual purpose of keeping family, friends, and any old random weirdo on the internet updated on what I’m doing down here in Santiago. And hopefully, I’ll be able to do that in an engaging and interesting way.
All right–so what to expect here in terms of content. As I said above, nothing profound. At least, not on the regular. Those who know me are aware that I tend to be a magnet for the weird. I’m also perceptive as hell–chalk it up to being a somewhat introverted kid that spent a lot of time in his own head, and then having those tendencies further honed in graduate school and my career.
I sometimes wonder if a greater volume of weird shit happens to me, or if equivalent weirdness is buzzing around everyone every day and they just zoom right by it. In any event, all I’m aiming to do here is document and comment upon whatever weirdness might be going on in my daily comings and goings.
What do I have on tap for the next few months? All sorts of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime awesomeness. I’ll be teaching through May here in Santiago. I’m hoping to head up north to the Atacama Desert and get down South to Patagonia later in the semester, with some day trips within reach of Santiago. I’ll be spending a full week in Easter Island in March. In short, I’m going to be in any number of culturally disorienting and alien experiences. And you get to be the beneficiary of that as well. All the photography is mine as well.
That’s all for now–I’m going to do my best to post regularly. Hope you enjoy!