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LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS A CHILE

I’ve sat patiently waiting for this day to come, the day a plane will take me from the familiar comforts of my homeland to Valparaíso, Chile. Since I left Minnesota last semester, I’ve been counting down the days until I would set foot in Chile. Finally, the countdown is over and I am terrified/ecstatic. The next four and a half months will be scary and full of new adventures, but I can not wait to experience them. While in Chile I will be attending La Pontificia Catolica Universidad de Valparaíso. I’ll […]

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Tomatelá

A week has passed since I left Mendoza and it has felt like seconds but at the same time, it has felt like years. This is the first time I would say I have ever truly solo traveled and it is incredible. I am learning so much about myself; what I am capable of, my strengths, my weaknesses, my inability to budget well, and my need for good food. Something that has really struck me is that I am falling in love with myself. I have only been on my […]

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Un Gran Aplauso para Nuestro Asador

The beauty of Mendoza cannot be found in the buildings along the poorly paved sidewalks, nor can it be found in the among the seemingly endless stream of cars, but rather the beauty of Mendoza is found in its people and in its culture. Kissing every person on the cheek before starting anything and then again to say goodbye, passing a highly sugared cup of mate dulce with friends, family, and strangers, spending long hours doing absolutely nothing; that is Mendoza and that is beautiful. Today marks my four month […]

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My Great South American Adventure: Phase I and II

Below is my plan for the next month. I probably won’t stick entirely schedule but this is a rough overview. Also apologies for the information overload; this is copied directly from my personal notes. Phase I: Paraguay and Northeast Argentina 1/12: Bus from Mendoza to San Juan – Flight to BA, flight to Asuncion land around 18. 2-3/12: Discover Asuncion – Costanera, Palacio Presidencial, Barrio Loma San Jeronimo, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mercados, Lago Yapicarai 4/12: Bus to Cuidad del Este – Shopping, Represe Hidrioelectrica, Puente de Amistad 5/12: […]

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Week 2 — Rishikesh

Namaste my wonderful people! This week has been another whirlwind adventure for this gal! On Monday morning I woke up, ate breakfast, said goodbye to the sweetest host family a girl could ask for, and headed off to a Rishikesh! Rishikesh is about an hour and a half away from Dehradun, the city in which I spent week 1 for those of you just joining us. My coordinator, Mayank, and I chatted the whole way. We enjoyed some oranges from a fruit vendor and some really great conversation. Rishikesh is […]

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Week 1 — Dehradun

This week in India has been nothing short of AMAZING! Once the jet-lag cleared, the homesickness faded (slightly), and the food finally settled, I realized India is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. One thing I am already appreciating about India is that everything seems to get going a little slower. Not that people wake up any later, but they enjoy their mornings. They take their time and enjoy each other’s company. I just really love everything about it. I didn’t have to be at clinic in […]

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A small update on my Indian adventures!

Now that I have more than one day under my India belt, I just wanted to check in with you all and update you on this crazy life! **DISCLAIMER: I don’t know why, but my medium account has been seriously malfunctioning when I have tried to add pictures to my blogs. For now, I am choosing to leave them off to avoid losing progress and what not. If you want to look at my photos, please go to Facebook :)** I am still very homesick. This experience of traveling has been […]

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Off on the next adventure!

This is a long one people… two days of travel so bear with me! As we drove to the airport on 11/3, I said goodbye to one last Minnesota sunset for another month. I said goodbye to the colorful, autumn leaves that will be long gone when I return, and probably replaced by snow. I said goodbye to my family and friends once again and hopped on a plane praying for the best. They handed me some weird, warm moist towelette that smelled good on the plane. I thought it […]

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The final countdown…

I’ve always liked countdowns. Counting down till my birthday, Halloween, Christmas, the end of finals, things like that. I’ve never liked counting down my days here. Ecuador is home just like Minnesota and Nicaragua are home to me. I feel like a small part of me is missing and I’ll only find it when I return to this wonderful country. Our final clinical placement was in a private dermatology clinic named Centro de la Piel or CEPI for short. It was a very beautiful clinic, the most like the US […]

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El fin de los fin de semanas…

This last full weekend in Ecuador was definitely one to remember. As I mentioned in my precious blog, we spent the weekend in Baños. Our sweet, sweet hostel was called La Casa del Molino Blanco and it was magnificent! When we arrived on Thursday night, we spent some time relaxing on the hammocks outside and taking a HOT (praise Jesus) shower. Friday, Madeline and I spent the day doing something we haven’t really done since we’ve been here — relaxing. We ate our delicious complimentary breakfast and headed out to the terrace […]

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The end of week 3… Time, please slow down.

You know when you start to get to the end of something, like a semester, sports season, vacation, etc., and you start realizing when you start doing “last’s?” Like the last team dinner, the last sunset on the beach, the last term paper (okay that’s not a bad one). Yeah, that’s where I am right now and I’m not liking it. This week we were in a small, government run clinic in the Northern region of Quito called Carcelen Bajo. This clinic offers basic and family oriented care to its […]

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No Seas Boludo

It’s November… Scroll back, what? I have hit three months in Argentina. I am nearing a hundred days. What? One of my classes finished this week, another finishes next week, and finally, by the 16th of November, all of my classes will be finished (besides the final I have on the 24th). I have eleven days until I start my summer vacation and three weeks until I begin my travels around Latin America. That’s insane. Time is a magnificent contradiction. Besides the fact that school is almost over, the last […]

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¡Bienvenidos a Mindo! — Weekend 2

This weekend Madeline and I decided to venture north of Quito to the beautiful city of Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is kind of like the jungle without actually being the jungle (is what we have been told). The bus ride here was impeccably green. All of the mountains were covered with dense forests and it was hard to see through the brush on the side of the road. Truly unlike anything I’ve seen so far in Ecuador and absolutely beautiful! The bus ride from Quito to Mindo was supposed to take […]

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Week two down — two to go!

  Can I stop the time from going so fast please? No? Okay fine. I am having the best time here in Ecuador. I can’t believe I’ve already stumbled upon the end of my second week of clinic. It’s been a whirlwind but I have had so much fun and I have learned more than I ever thought possible. This week, Madeline and I were again in the Hospital Eugenio Espejo with Dr. Patricio Hidalgo. I got to see some amazing things while in this hospital. I met a lot […]

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Half the World Away

Do you ever feel like time is just moving forward so quickly like a train that has lost control on its tracks? Well, that would be an accurate description of how my life has been proceeding. It is like I am living this weird paradigm of a tranqui Argentine life but also bustling forward at high speed. I am so busy; I am taking trips, meeting with friends, studying (not really, oops), essentially I am in constant motion. But on the other side of this, a lot of what I am busy […]

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