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LONG OVERDUE UPDATE

Hi everyone! Sorry for my lack of posts in the past few weeks. I have been really busy with school, being sick, and travelling, so I haven’t been as diligent with keeping my blog updated. So here are a few updates on life in Valpo and sneak peaks at my next few posts. TERREMOTO: I experienced my first earthquake in Chile today and it was terrifying for me, but everything ended fine. I was just mentally freaked out by it. At its origin the earthquake was a 7.1 and where […]

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COAST OF THE POETS TRIP

This past weekend was my first overnight excursion in Chile on a tour called “La Costa de los Poetas” and the translation is fairly straight-forward: Coast of the Poets. We left Friday morning to head to Isla Negra, the home of Pablo Neruda, arguably Chile’s most famous poet. Photos are not allowed within the house so, sadly, you’ll have to try to visualize it or google to see if anyone was brave enough to break the rules and post the results on the internet. His home is now preserved as a […]

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Everywhere is Having an Environmental Crisis

The landscape in Chile leaves me in awe time and time again. With the coast on one side and Andes on the other, Chile is a picturesque country. However, its land is not immune to being reshaped and extorted for natural resources. During my cultural geography course last night, my professor was discussing environmental issues in Chile. The first example we talked about was a mine in southern Chile, the Pascua-Lama, that is contaminating the glacier water reserves. The mine was the first bi-national open mine in the world and […]

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LA CAMPANA HIKE

My legs really hate me today, but yesterday was so worth it. I left my house at seven a.m. to meet six other girls from my program in Valparaíso to take a train and a bus to La Campana National Park. The park is about 25 miles from the coast, but the landscape changed dramatically once we left the city. In Valparaíso and Viña del Mar the geography is flat near the beaches and then extreme hills a mile or so inland. However, in the countryside there are more mountains than […]

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The Arrival, The Family, and The Market

I’m three days into this adventure and already I have some things I want to share. I took off from Chicago on Wednesday and landed in Miami, where the plane to Santiago was delayed by over two hours. Eventually I arrived in Chile and met up with the CIEE group. From the airport thirty five of us took a bus to Valparaíso on the coast of the country. From the get go, the program has kept us busy with activities to better acquaint us with our new country. I met […]

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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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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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¡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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Thomas: The Final Summary

As I waited for my flight back to America recently, I did some reflecting on my experiences living in Buenos Aires for over three months. Many people who have participated in study abroad programs claim that they change more, as a person, in three months than they do in years. I would have to agree with this notion. Opening your eyes to an entirely new world changes you drastically. I’ve noticed that my perceptions of South America and the United States have changed and adapted. I’m also better able to […]

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