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Study Abroad in Chile

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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Giving Thanks for Travel, Friends, and New Experiences

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone back home, of course this holiday is not celebrated in Chile, but I wanted to take this day to reflect on some of my journeys the past few weeks and my thoughts about my final weeks abroad. Since my last post I have traveled to San Pedro in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, I have finished all of my classes, and my best friend from home came to visit me. The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and one of the most […]

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Travel, Independence, and a Natural Disaster

These past few weeks have been some of the best so far. Following my last post, I had the trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, and also got to experience one of the biggest parties of the year; Independence Day. I am becoming more and more comfortable in this beautiful place and I am continuing to enjoy each and every minute, as this journey is already half way over. ​On September 11, a group of 6 girls including myself, set off for an amazing adventure to […]

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Vive, Ríe, Ama, Chile

Here we are, exactly 6 weeks into my study abroad journey. I have decided that I am going to try to write every 3 weeks, that way I will have enough to say that is hopefully exciting but not so much that you will all be bored. When I write I try to have a few major themes in mind, which I will elaborate on, so this post is going to focus on adventure, anxiety, communication, and spring! These past 3 weeks have been full of adventure and exploration. A […]

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Arriving in Chile

After 3 days of treacherous rain, and minimal activity, it’s a perfect time to reflect on my first few weeks abroad. The first 20 days of my adventures abroad have been amazing and have revolved around a few different things; friendly Chilean people, new friends, public transportation, bread, and rain! Before I left for Vina Del Mar, Chile I was warned of the many creepy, cat calling, “gringo” preying people that I would encounter on a daily basis and I was told how to handle those situations, but to my surprise […]

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Extranando mi país: The Not So Easy Aspects of Being Abroad

As I mentioned in my last post, seeing all the families together during Fiestas Patrias caused a bout of homesickness. And it still isn’t quite over. It’s been 2 months since I arrived in Chile, and the honeymoon stage is coming to end. We’re now in the daily grind of school and all the initial excitement is starting to wear off. Please keep in mind throughout this entire post that I am extremely and eternally grateful for this opportunity to be abroad, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world. […]

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Fiestas Patrias

Happy belated birthday Chile! For those of you who don’t know, Chile’s Independence Day was September 18th. Instead of a measly day off and some lame fireworks like in the U.S., however, Independence Day turns into a week of celebrations. There are asados (BBQ) literally every three houses. People cram into fondas (I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to translate this..they’re basically like state fairs in various places where various vendors set up shop and people eat outrageous amounts of food). If you’re not drinking terremotos (a […]

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And so it begins.

Over the course of my stay here, I have come to realize my host mom very much believes in psychics and their associated practices. One night, she asked her pendulum if I was going to find a boyfriend over the next few months. The affirmative response then prompted Luci to look through her entire contact list for friends who have younger, single sons. Not only did she look, but she called a couple of said friends to inform them I am in search of Chilean friends. Last night, sitting in […]

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Alexa: “Mi corazón está en Chile”

The title of this entry speaks nothing but the truth- “Mi corazón está en Chile” or, “My Heart is in Chile”. I can’t believe how much I miss it already. It’s hard being so close but knowing I can’t go back. I guess I technically will go back on Tuesday when I fly back to Santiago but I’ll only be in the airport and nothing else. On Tuesday when I said good-bye to my mama, it was really difficult, and we were both tearing up. When I was complaining to her […]

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Alexa: One more week

Well, here it is, the final week of our program. It’s funny how just a month and a half ago I was sitting in an airport crying because I wanted to leave and go back home and now here I am thinking that going back might be the worst idea I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family and friends, but I have fallen completely in love with this place. It’s so true what they say about studying abroad; you get excited to go, feel homesick for […]

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Alexa: Mendoza and the Andes

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, I’ve been so busy! Our program is quickly approaching the end so I’m trying to do everything I can before I have to leave. Since I’ve last blogged I’ve gone surfing (so much fun!), eaten the world’s best empenadas, witnessed a violent protest from the fishermen, and gone sledding in the Andes Mountains! Monday this week was another holiday so we got another long weekend. Two of my friends and I decided to take a bus to Mendoza, Argentina. The bus ride is […]

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Alexa: Protests and pride fests

It’s been an interesting week. First of all, there was a student protest on Thursday. Last year around this time, there was a 4 month long student protest for lower interest rates on student loans and school was literally not in session for 4 months, both at universities and colegios (high schools). Schools were vandalized and some almost went bankrupt due to all the damage. On Thursday, it was just a small, mostly peaceful, protest that lasted a few hours, and the worst damage was done in Santiago. Our school […]

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Alexa: Exploring Valpo and Vina del Mar

The past 2 days have been busy! My new friends and I have been walking around a lot and discovering new places around the cities. Two days ago we went to “El Mall” and downtown Vina del Mar. We walked along the beach at night- it was so beautiful. I love the fact the this area is shaped like a horseshoe so I can see Valpo’s coastline from Vina and vice-versa. When we were walking we could look across and see Valpo all lit up and sparkling. Unfortunately, I didn’t […]

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Katie: Musings…

First things first, I finally tried my first kuchen, which is a little german style apple pie/cake, but the Chilean version. It was really delicious! Basically it has a pie crust with a thin layer of what tasted like lemon pudding layered over the crust, which was then covered by apples. Then today I bought some treats from a random street vendor. I said I wouldn’t, especially when they are selling food items from what appeared to be a cardboard box…but, they were super delicious!! I got three things and […]

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Alexa: Orientation and Classes

Yesterday was my first full day in Chile and also the orientation for my program. Matias and I walked to the metro station together so that I knew how to get there and how to use it. Since he and I go to the same school, we rode all the way together which was much easier than going alone. The metro ride (once you get out from underground) is really beautiful. It passes right alongside the ocean and you can see the coast of Valparaiso in front of you- so […]

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