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Study Abroad in Chile

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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Katie: Chilean cooking class

Yesterday (Friday) I had a cooking class with one of the teachers from the International Center, Christian. Emily, Mari, Kenya, Ryan and Greg all came too! We made pebre, which is a Chilean salsa. It was delicious. It has garlic, tomatoes, onion, parsley, chile, olive oil and salt. It was really delicious! We also bought sopaipillas from a bakery and topped our sopaipillas with the pebre, it was sooo good. In Chile, traditionally when it rains people eat sopaipillas, it is like Chilean comfort food. They are fried thick tortillas made with […]

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Alexa: Arrival in Chile

Well, I was definitely not excited yesterday afternoon. Once I got to the Atlanta airport things started getting a little better. I ended up meeting one of the people from my program, Jackson, at our gate and it was nice to see a “familiar” face (we’ve been facebook friends for a week or two). After we boarded I heard two guys in front of me talking and we realized that we were all studying at the same university, so my class of 4 students doesn’t mean I won’t meet other […]

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Katie: Climbing Cerro el Roble

On Saturday morning I climbed Cerro el Roble with 8 other people (Diego, Joaquin, Cony, Daniela, Gustavo, Matias, Sebastian, Fernanda). I hope I didn’t forget anyone! It is called Cerro el Roble because it is filled with trees called Robles, which are red/purple, so the entire hill looked red and purple!  It was so much fun and incredibly beautiful! Pictures can’t do it justice! We drove to Cerro el Roble and then drove part way up it (so we wouldn’t have quite as long of a trip…haha). Then we started walking, […]

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Katie: Olmue

I had my first day of actual volunteering on Thursday, which ended up going decently. Finally a decent day at Maritimo! I got there and met up with another one of the volunteer coordinators, Josefina and another volunteer, Zach. Josefina led us up to the 4th floor where the kids are and then we had to wait because one of the patients was having a bit of a melt down, so we had to wait for Josefina to get done trying to calm her down since we needed to be […]

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Katie: Top Top

Yesterday, I went back to the street vendors and managed to find myself a pair of regular jeans for $15, so now I can have a pair of pants to wear at my internship site that I don’t care too much about. Plus the jeans I managed to find are regular bell bottoms and not skinny jeans, since it appears like that is pretty much all you can buy here. Skinny jeans and more skinny jeans. I also started the process of hand washing my clothes, since in Chile if you do not have a washer […]

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Katie: Concon

On Monday I walked with Ryan almost to Reñaca, which is a neighboring city to Viña. It was a very beautiful walk along the ocean! But, it took about 2 1/2-3 hours (total, there and back)… In Viña there are parks that have public workout equipment that you can use and there was a park near the ocean on the way to Reñaca that had really nice equipment and lots of people were using it! I wish that they had workout parks in MN! On the way, there were also a […]

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Katie: Rain & Valpo

It has been raining here for about three days now and when it rains in Chile it RAINS! The streets are literally filled with water. You can’t even see the road in front of my apartment right now. Just to walk down the sidewalk your shoes get soaked because there is just water everywhere. The wind is very strong as well, especially at night. Last night my windows and my door were shaking from the wind! In front of my apartment there are a bunch of bridges that go over […]

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