El Norte Grande–um, *how* high up are we?–Part 2

¡Hola todos! As promised, here’s the next part of my norte grande adventure! In this post I’ll be talking about my visit to Arica and el Parque Nacional Lauca. Here’s the map again so you can keep up! The overnight bus we took from Calama reached Arica around 8 in the morning.

When life gives you lemons, go to a protest.

This probably isn’t the update you were anticipating, but I hope it’ll be entertaining nonetheless (I swear I’m working on a desert trip post)! Today I’m going to talk about my new university, the classes I’m taking and give a brief introduction to the Chilean student/education movement.

¡Buen viaje!

Tomorrow afternoon will be Day 1 of my 9-day trip to norte grande, or the “Far North of Chile”. This area runs from the top of the Chile-Perú border all the way south to the Copiapó River located in the Atacama region. I AM SO EXCITED. The group I’m traveling with consists of 7 people total, and…

So, I’m pretty much in love with the desert.

¡Buenos días! Man, I hope your last 60 hours have been as fun as mine were! I just got back from my trip to La Serena and my orientation for La Chile. Talk about a jam-packed, non-stop three days! Before I start this post, I just wanted to let y’all know I added a new page to…

(An in-between post)

The internet at this hostel is very temperamental, so I’m going to jot down some quick bullet points now and then elaborate on them later. My friend Ana and I are currently in La Serena, a beach + desert (yes, both!) town 6 hours north of Santiago I survived my first overnight bus ride! My…

¿Who the heck is Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto?

¡Hola todos! Hope you guys are doing well! Before I begin, some housekeeping! I’ve gotten feedback from readers about the frequency of my updates (i.e., people would like them more often), so here’s what I’m going to do: after today’s post, I’ll be updating the blog every other day. This way y’all won’t have to read…

Sunsets, wine, and upcoming trips

Disclaimer: I don’t know why all the text is squished…I tried to fix it, but it doesn’t want to listen so…please be patient! :) ¡Qué onda chicos! I’m celebrating the fact that today’s weather was gorgeous (very nice indeed for Santiago winter standards–I only had to wear three layers instead of my usual five) with…

Pisco, art, and a whole lot of fútbol

Hi guys! Sorry for the writing lag! So. Many. Activities! Here’s the quick list: I took a hop-on, hop-off bus tour with some friends Explored a new neighborhood–Barrio Brasil–and caught a local fútbol game Explored a little bit more of Ñuñoa (another neighborhood) Started the Intensive Language Program (ILP) aka school! P.S. Photo credits to Eliza and…

Protests, terremotos, and beaches in the winter

¡Hola todos! The past few days in/near Santiago have been exciting! Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post: I went on a three-day retreat with my study abroad group to a beach town near Santiago learned more about Monica and Sergio’s family started to do some preliminary research on my honors thesis…