Katie has previously written about mall culture being alive and well in Chile.
We’re now living the Christmas mall miracle. The malls are the center of commercial activity in Santiago. The Christmas decorations are out, inventories are piled high, and people frantically rush through parking lots and stores.
It’s such a nostalgic experience. It’s remarkable how much it feels like the 1990’s in the United States.
Since we can’t easily have items shipped to the house, a la Amazon, Target, and Costco, we’ve little choice but to hit up the departments stores like Ripley, Falabella, and Paris. The stores are four to five stories tall. We ride escalators up and down the floors. We pick through tables and racks tossed by customers. We dodge the armies of perfume sprayers deployed at the entrances.
The places are simply buzzing with holiday spirit, and we’re indulging in the experience. It’s great fun, and it’s likely an aspect of Santiago we’ll look back on with fond memories once we’re back in the US.