Un Poco Tiempo en Argentina

Un parte de Chile que me gusta mucho es que tenemos muchos descansos  de clase.  Un ejemplo de esto es nuestro viaje a Chile en lunes.  Después de una semana en clase, era tiempo para Mendoza, Argentina.  Mendoza es una ciudad muy hermosa que ya tiene un parte de mi corazón.   Es muy interesante para mí que la gente de Argentina es tan diferente que la gente en Chile.  Son diferentes en sus ropas, sus actitudes y sus manierismos.  Me gusta mucho los árboles que eran en Mendoza porque no hay mucho en Chile.

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En realidad, solo hicimos dos cosas cuando estaba en Mendoza.  Uno de los cosas era ir de compras.  Muchas personas en nuestro grupo querían comprar cosas de cuero como zapatos, bolsos y chaquetas.  Era muy divertido para mí porque podía hablar con personas de Argentina sobre su país y sus pasatiempos favoritos.  La segunda cosa que hicimos era comer.  Cada persona quería probar todas las comidas que existen solo en Argentina.  Bife de chorizo, submarinos y medialunas era una necesaria experiencia gastronómica.  También eran palabras que un día antes, no lo sabía que existir.

El submarino era mí cosa favorita de Argentina.  El submarino es un tipo de chocolate caliente en Argentina.  Me gusta el sabor del submarino, sino me parte favorita del submarino era la experiencia.  Cuando recibe un submarino, recibe un vaso lleno de leche caliente y una barra de chocolate.  Para obtener el típico chocolate caliente, necesita mojar la barra en la leche.  Después de esto, mezcla la leche. Y, finalmente, disfruta su bebida excelente.

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Argentina era una aventura lleno de diversión y estoy muy agradecido para la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa Mendoza.

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Argentina in 49 hours

As I mentioned before, when you live in Chile, it is hard to have class for extended periods of time.  So, on Monday we took a quick break from class to spend some time in Argentina.  Super early on Monday morning before the sun even considered coming up, we got on a bus to take us to the airport in Santiago so that we could make the flight to Mendoza, Argentina.  It was a rough flight.  When we looked out the windows, we saw huge snow capped mountains and the flight lasted a solid 45 minutes.  Okay, maybe not so rough.

When we got to Mendoza, we took a quick bus ride to our hotel and then set off to find lunch.  I think it was probably close to two o’clock when we began our search for food, but we didn’t end up eating until after four.  We had gotten real hungry.  We spent the rest of that night just wondering around and looking in the shops.  Unfortunately, there was some holiday happening on the day we got there, so most of the stores were closed.  After a few hours of wondering, we had a nice dinner of ice cream to hold us over until tomorrow.

The next day was a day completely dedicated to shopping, so we split up into smaller groups and began the day.  However, naturally, we had to stop by a cafe before we got going to get pumped for the day.  In Argentina, they have these really good drinks called submarinos.  It’s just hot chocolate, but it is more the experience of it that is so fun.  When you order a submarino, they bring you a tall glass of piping hot milk with a chocolate bar.  You then drop the chocolate into the milk and mix it up so that it dissolves.  It’s real tasty, but I think that thing that I like most about it is the experience of dropping the chocolate it and then clinking glasses with the buddy sitting next to you.  (Lydia in my case) I don’t have a picture, but just picture me looking real excited holding a glass filled to the top with hot chocolate and clinking it against another person’s glass that is filled just as much.  However, miraculously managing to only spill a few splashes at a time.  We spent the rest of our day alternating our time between shopping and eating.  Which, if you ask me, is a pretty solid combination.

The next day was also quite eventful.  We had learned the night before that Delta Nu had decided to beau one of the guys on our trip.  So, Elise and Andrea taught us their songs and we all planned to show up at a plaza in Mendoza to watch as Elise and Andrea threw a Delta Nu shirt over Jacob and then join in the festivities by screaming and singing their songs.  It was a really cool experience that I am glad that I was able to experience with the people that are here.

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We didn’t have much time left in Argentina left after that, but we spent our time buying the perfect Argentinian soccer jerseys and having a photo shoot with them.

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All in all, though it was quick, the 49ish hours that we spent in Argentina were a ton of fun and though it was quick, it was awesome to be able to see how beautiful the city is and how different the culture is from the one that we have grown used to in Chile.

2 new words: photo shoot = sesión de fotos and chocolate bar = barra de chocolate; cultural observation: The city is much cleaner in Argentina than it is in Chile.  There is always somebody out cleaning the streets to make sure that they are pristine.

 

 

 

Flight Count: 6

Spontaneous Valpo Adventures

Sometimes, when you live by a gorgeous beach with beautiful water and the sun is out and shining, you can get really bored.  So, Lizzie and I decided that we wanted to get out and do something our original plan was to just run by Lider Express and pick up some food for dinner.  So, we signed out to Lider, picked up Rowdy and David and then decided to hop on a bus to Valparaiso.  Valparaiso is the town right next to Viña, so it wasn’t too crazy, but it wasn’t too normal either.  When we hopped off the bus, we realized that we had absolutely no idea what we wanted to do while we were there.  So, we started walking.  Valparaiso is a big city that basically sits on a mountain.  And, what better way to gain a full appreciation for the city than to just walk up.  So we walked higher and higher and tell we could almost see the top…which is a solid two mile hike up from the bottom.  When we noticed that it wasn’t too far up, we decided that it would be a great idea to walk up two miles of mountain.  And we did.  It was definitely worth the experience, but it was straight exhausting!  We had to take a few breaks along the way, but we were determined to make it up.  One thing that kept us going was being able to see all of the amazing graffiti that covered the buildings.

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Do you see that dog in the one picture of the Nacho Libre flying pigs?  That is our beloved Ghost Rider.  In Chile, there are tons of stray dogs everywhere.  And, whenever they come across a group of people, they attach themselves to the people and “protect” them from anything that may come in their way.  Ghost Rider decided that he was going to walk with us all the way up the mountain.  I think that if he realized how far we were going to be moving, he would not have been near as willing to accompany us.  But, we became very attached to this dog along the hike.  We would wait on him if he need to take a break in the shade and we would call his name if he wondered to far from us.  On the flip side, if another dog got near us, he would bark and make sure that they got out of our way.  When we came across sketchy people, he would get very protective and make sure that no body came near us.  One of our favorite parts about him was that he always popped in front of our cameras when we were taking a picture.  Ghost Rider was a very loyal companion for us that day.

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At long last, we made it to the top of Valparaiso which turned out to be a not so safe place, so we had to turn around and run down real quick.  However, the view was real spectacular.

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The next day, we had absolutely no intention of going back to Valpo, but things don’t always go as planned.  I was searching through google maps the next day in search of THE stairs and by complete luck, I came across the stairs that we had been hoping that we would find while we were there.  The stairs are so cool because they are painted to look just like a piano.  They are also cool because no one else on our trip had managed to locate the stairs yet, but there they were, staring up at me from my computer screen.  I get Lizzie’s attention and she screams out at Elise to get ready cause we are going to find THE stairs.  We grab Alex on our way out and hop on a bus to Valparaiso so that we can find those stairs.  We get out and I immediately realize that looking at them on my computer and trying to find them in real life are two completely different things…I begin asking nearly every person I see where the road is that the stairs are on.  Doing this taught me an important thing about Latin Americans that I have heard about in the past but have never experienced first hand, if they do not know an answer, they will make one up.  We ended up going around in circles a few times, but at long last we found the road! However, if it weren’t for Alex, we would have walked right past the stairs without a second thought.  From the top, the stairs look completely average.  They are concrete and only painted on the sides, but once you get to the bottom and look up at them, you can see the piano that is painted on them.  Not gonna lie, the stairs were quite underrated but it was really cool to be able to see them in person and to experience the stairs with such an awesome group of people.

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Valparaiso day three was even less of a plan than the other two days.  The day started out with Lizzie, Elise and I taking a quick trip to the market.  However, on the way to the market, we decided that we were hungry and wanted to stop to get some empanadas. Now, I love me a good empanada and these were AMAZING.  I got one that was stuffed with pineapple, ham and cheese, and it was so very good.  But, our adventure started off with a bang when I went to sit down in my chair and it basically fell apart right underneath me.  The back legs had snapped and me and the chair had both gone straight down.  For some reason, Lizzie and Elise thought that this was quite funny.  Not gonna lie, I can see why looking over at me and finding me and my chair on the ground instead of being right beside them might be funny, but it was rather unfortunate.  Luckily, I was able to escape my treacherous fall to the ground unscathed, which is truly a miracle.

After our empanadas, we began to walk the rest of the way to the market.  We had certainty slowed our pace after consuming a pound of fried yumminess, but at long last, we made it to the market.  Elise was cooking dinner that night, and she needed celery.  In the U.S., when you buy celery, you pick up a few small sticks of it, throw it in your bag and move on.  The process is a bit more dramatic in Chile.  When you buy celery, you buy a lot of celery.

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I bet when you pictured it, it wasn’t that big.  This celery, Priscilla, was a lot of celery.  Shockingly, we did not manage to eat all of it…don’t know how we couldn’t.  When you are a blonde in Chile, you get a lot of stares.  When you are a blonde in Chile with a huge tree sticking out of your backpack, you get a lot more stairs.  When you are a blond in Chile with a huge tree sticking out of your backpack that rubs against every you pass, you get a lot more stares.  Needless to say, many a Chilean gave Lizzie long, confused looks as she was walking down the streets.  This experience did help me on my Spanish skills though, I learned how to say celery, apio, and the phrase that Chileans use to express embarrassment, que plancha.  All these things combined make for a solid experience with Priscilla, but I think my favorite part came when we were very close to our hotel.  There are a few gypsies in this area of Viña, so whenever you see them, you have to make sure that you are guarding your bag so they don’t take anything.  However, I think the site of Lizzie with a tree sticking out of her back shocked even the gypsies.  One gypsy looked at her, commented on the size of it and then proceeded to dance with it.  So, if nothing else, that tree provided us with endless entertainment and it served as a distraction to the gypsies so that were not interested in taking any of our things.

You would think that are day would have ended nice and quietly after that, but nope.  Elise realized after we had left the market that is conveniently located near a store that she had forgotten to get the cream of chicken that she needed for the meal that she was cooking that night.  So, we head into Lider Express that is close to our apartments in Roca Blanca.  She ran in and a few minutes later came out looking satisfied.  I look at the can in her hand and inform her that instead of cream of chicken, she had grabbed a can of mussels.  Ew.  I run into the store real quick to see if I could find the cream of chicken.  It’s not there.  We run up to the apartment, drop of Priscilla and hop on a bus towards Jumbo, the huge supermarket in the area.  When we get there, Elise finds the cream of chicken at long last and pulls out her recipe to see how much she needs.  And, here’s the awesome part, SHE DIDN’T EVEN NEED IT.  All that time searching for this can of cream of chicken was completely unnecessary.  All we could think to do is laugh because we could not believe that we had hopped on a bus for fifteen minutes to get an unnecessary can.  But, it was all good cause we got ice cream and coke and were completely satisfied with life.

When we were searching for the right bus to hop on to get back to our apartment, I asked the driver to let us out at the stop near our building and he said that he would.  However, I should have taken into account that he was on the phone and not listening to a single word that I said.  Because, fifteen minutes later, we fly past our bus stop and cannot manage to get the driver to stop.  Ten minutes later, we look around and realize that for the third day in a row, we have ended up in Valparaiso…yipee.

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Don’t we look excited? Finally, we find another bus that takes us somewhat close to where we need to be and hike back up the hill to get to our apartment and relax after the incredibly eventful day.

These three days were probably some of the best times that I have had in Viña.  Sure, nothing went at all as we had planned, but we managed to have a lot of fun those three days and I wouldn’t want to change a single thing about them.

2 new words: celery = apio and gypsy = gitano

Life in Viña

When I last wrote, I mentioned that we had finally arrived in Viña del Mar, Chile.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, I forgot to mention that our hotel, Roca Blanca is on top of a hill, Cerro Castillo.  Typically, this wouldn’t be a huge issue, but this is a not your average hill.  That thing is huge.  That thing is steep. It is a solid workout for us everyday, which is good, but the first day it was quite the shock to us.  On our bus to Viña from the airport in Santiago, the air condition went out.  When the air condition went out, the heat decided that it wanted to turn on and never go off.  It was close to ninety degrees in that bus.  We got off the bus suffering from minor heat exhaustion on the verge of death by heat stroke.  And then we saw THE hill.  With two huge bags dragging behind me, I began to truck it up the hill.  And, by began to truck it, I mean that I slowly dragged my body and my bags up the hill.  But, when we made it to our room, it was all worth it.  You saw that view from my last post…good stuff.

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After a couple of days touring Viña and the surrounding towns, it was time for classes to finally start.  I don’t think it necessary to elaborate on that…I just sit in a classroom for a few hours a day.  Not too thrilling.

A cool place that we have here inViña is the market.  It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and sells fresh fruits and vegetables. It is incredible because the fruit is super cheap, but tastes amazingly good and fresh.  Probably some of the best fruit that I have ever had.  And, it is always an experience to try our hand at telling the vendors how much of what thing we want.  It can be quite a struggle and is quite a test on my Spanish.  They have a few fruits here that are different than I am used to back home. One of them is “tuna” which a type of pear that has a prickly covering.  That also have HUGE, green pumpkins that are called zapallos.

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Look how fresh it is? I promise, it tastes even better than it looks.  Jealous, Yun?

After we had been in class for about a week, it was time for us to have a break.  It is just not healthy to spend more than a few days in the classroom.  We went on a quick day trip to Ritoque, which is about a 45 minute drive from our apartments in Viña.  While we were there we visited a location that is one of only two in Chile to have five ecosystems all together in one small area.  There is less than ten places like this in the entire world.  We were able to ride horses up sand dunes, through a forest, down sand dunes, through swamps and beside the beach.  It was a really cool experience…I probably won’t ever do it again cause three hours on a horse can get uncomfortable, but it was a lot of fun and really interesting to see all of the things that Chile has to offer.

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My horse was a big fan of running when I told him to walk, stopping when I told him to run and turning left when I told him to walk.  I named him Sebastian, but I don’t think that I will ever have the desire to hang out with ole Sebastian again.  We also went on a hike while we were there to see different parts of the area that the horses couldn’t reach.  Weird things happened…

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After Ritoque, we went back to Viña for more school and some time to relax until our next big adventure.  For me, the next big adventure cam pretty quickly when I had to order pizza over the phone for my apartment.  Words can not express how difficult it is to understand a really fast Chilean speaker that has an accent and a lot of chaos going on behind him.  We ended up getting the right pizzas, but that will definitely be a job for someone else next time.

2 new words: castle = castillo and hill = cerro; cultural observation: Unlike in the United States, it is much cheaper to buy fresh home grown fruits and vegetables.  All of the farmers that bring their products to the market want to give you the best available price for the best available quality.

Cataratas y Montañas

Cuando decidí ir a HULA, no sabía sobre la belleza de la tierra en Chile. En el pasado, he sido fotografías de las montañas y la catarata que están en Patagonia, pero las fotografías no son un buen representación de la tierra. La tierra de Patagonia es, en realidad, mucho más hermosa que todas las fotografías. Nuestro primer día en Patagonia, fuimos al parque se llama Torres del Paine. Este lugar es el lugar de las fotografías famosas del Patagonia. Todo el día era lleno de vistas brillantes. En el norte, el sur, el este y el oeste, cada dirección tenía una vista hermosa. Creo que mi día favorito en Torres del Paine era el día en que visitaron la catarata. Era una catarata grande y poderosa. Pasamos un hora explorando la tierra alrededor de la catarata.  Unos de nosotros escalamos a una gran altura y podemos ver la catarata y los dos lagos que son conectado por la catarata. Sin embargo, no todo mi viaje era lleno de buenas cosas. El gran problema para mi era el tiempo de las cenas. No era tan problemático pero todavía es una diferencia cultural que no es normal para mi. Mi tiempo en Patagonia era el mejor tiempo de todo nuestros viajes porque las vistas eran más hermosa que cualquier cosa que he visto en el pasado.
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Después de Patagonia, era tiempo por la región de los lagos.  Pasamos tres  días en Puerto Varas.  Ese tiempo era muy divertido porque hacer muchas actividades.  Nuestra primera actividad era lanzarse en tirolina.  Nosotros lanzamos en un volcán.  Lanzamos en tirolina arriba de un cañón.  Podemos ver muchos árboles, cuerpos de agua y animales.  No he lanzado en tirolina en el pasado y estoy muy animado que he sentido esta experiencia.

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El próximo día, nosotros navegamos por los rápidos.  He navegado tres o cuatro veces en el pasado, pero esta experiencia era el mejor de todos.  Podíamos ver volcanes, boques y muchas montanas durante la aventura.  Yo quiero navegar por los rápidos muchos tiempos más durante mi vida.

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Dos palabras nuevas son volcanes que significa “volcano” y rápidos que significa “rapids”.  Una observación cultural es que la gente de Patagonia no quiere cambiar la naturaleza con la creación de casas y edificios.  Este es muy diferente de los de los Estados Unidos quien siempre construye edificios en cada lugar.

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After we left Santiago, we flew straight into Punto Arenas…a town that is super far south in Chile.  So far South that if we hopped on a plane, in two hours we would be landing in Antarctica.  Once we landed, we took a solid two hour drive to get to the place that we were eating dinner.  On the bus trip there, we were surrounded by so many amazing views.  We finally got to a restaurant with the name Ñandu.  Ñandu are weird emu/ostrich like birds.  When we got there, we were surrounded by different animals and we tried to figure out which of the animals we were going to be having for dinner….turns out, we ate lamb.  The lamb was amazing and looked super cool roasting over the fire.

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We rolled into Puerto Natales late that night and weren’t able to see any of the scenery around us.  Which, made our wake up even better.  We opened are windows in the morning and we realized that we were surrounded by huge snow-topped mountains.  This is basically the view that we saw from our breakfast table.

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Not bad, eh?

During our first full day there, we went on a boat ride to see the huge glaciers in the area.  In order to get to the water, we had to take a quick hike through the woods and then out across the beach.  The amount of wind on the beach was absolutely insane.  People literally fell over because of how strong the winds were…thankfully I wasn’t one of those people.  I was knocked off course a few times though.  You could hold out your arms and lean into the wind, and it would hold you up completely.  The main glacier that we were there to see is ginormous.  Apparently it has shrinks more and more every year, but it was still incredible.

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This picture doesn’t even come close to grasping the size of it.  It was over one hundred feet tall and about a mile wide. One lesson that we have learned pretty quickly since being here is that we will many times have to wait until 9 or 10:00 at night to eat dinner.  As a person who usually eats no later than 7, this has not been fun for me, but I’m adjusting.  The day that we saw the glacier was one of the first days that are ability to wait that long to eat was truly tested.  A group of us wondered around Patagonia that night for about an hour trying to find food, and eventually settled in a pizza place and ate around 10:30 that night.  I have never loved pizza so much in my entire life.

A common animal that we have seen here is called the Guanaco.  On our first few bus rides, we could see small groups of them gathered on both sides of the road or in the middle of the road.  They’re a lot like llamas, but I guess they have a fancy name because its Chile and everything needs to sound more impressive, mostly because it is.

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After glacier day, it was time for waterfall day.

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This has probably been one of my favorite days so far.  The waterfall was a super cool color and it was huge.  It basically connected two different lakes.  One of my favorite moments of this trip was our ability to hike up high to get a view of the waterfall and both of the lakes and to hike down low to get a close up view of the waterfall and feel the mist hitting you as you watched it flow.  This days was basically a day of perfect views.

For lunch that day, we stopped at the opposite side of the lake with the waterfall and for close to an hour we just sat and stared at the amazing view in front of us.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but this doesn’t even begin to express how cool the view was.  It was mesmerizing.  A few of us just sat down, and didn’t want to look away.  You can’t really tell, but the water is a really cool blue-green color and those mountains are thousands of feet high. Unfortunately, it was time for us to leave that part of Patagonia the next day.

On the way out we were told that we had a surprise trip on the way to the airport.  This trip ended up being a pretty solid experience for me, we got to see penguins.  Now, one thing that I deem important for you to know about me is that penguins are my favorite animal and I would not be at all upset if someone gave me a pet penguin for Christmas.  There was only about fifteen penguins at the place that we visited because most of them had already started to migrate, but it was still pretty cool.  Some of them were pretty good models.

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Surprise number two of that day was our stop for lunch.  We ended up eating at the same place that we had eaten at in our trip down to Puerto Natales.  They made the same type of lamb, and it was just as amazing the second time.

Late that night, we pulled into our next stop, Puerto Varas, around 10:00 that night.  While we were there, we stayed in really nice cabins.  The cool thing about arriving late at night is that we were surprised by the amazing view again when we woke up in the morning.  From our cabin, we had a great view of the lake that we were staying on and a huge volcano not far from our place. The beach was rocky and had different types of rocks including rocks from the last volcano eruption about 150 years ago.  After breakfast the first morning there, a few of us took a walk down the beach…which was much harder than anticipated because walking down that beach is like a balancing act.  We were able to pick a lot of blackberries because bushes were growing all along the beach.  They were quite amazing.

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After the waterfall, we went to a farm that we would be eating dinner at later that day.  The farm was huge and had a lot of very cool animals.  When we first walked up, we went straight towards the llamas.  It was completely crazy how close we were able to get to them.  I don’t have any pictures of that though…oops.  They also had a pen where they kept a few deer.  I’m sure that I’ve never been anywhere near that close to a deer before.  We were able to hold out grass and have them eat out of our hands.  Unfortunately, I think the deer was more interested in trying to eat my jacket than the grass, but either way, I definitely fed a deer.

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The farm also had a zip line.  It was only about two feet off the ground and twenty feet long, but it was a lot of fun to hang out on.  A few of us had relay races on the zip lines and only a couple people sustained injuries, so I’d call it a win.

The next day we had a VERY early morning, but it was most definitely worth it because it was zip lining day.  We drove to a zip line place that is located on the volcano in Puerto Varas. There was ten or more…I don’t really remember…lines for us to ride down.  Most of them went from tree to tree in the forest, but there was a couple that shot across a 300 foot deep canyon.  It was really cool because we got to see everything from a different, much better, perspective. Unfortunately, I’ve no pictures because it didn’t seem in my best interest to hold a camera while also trying to hold onto a rope that was sliding down a line at 50 mph. That afternoon, we had a few hours to relax before dinner and just layed out by the beach or hiked along the coast.  After dinner that night, it was time for a bonfire.  It was a fun time for us all to get together and sing.

The day after that was probably one of my most favorite days.  It was white water rafting time.  While we were rafting, we were able to see all of the volcanoes in the area.  It was a little touch and go there on a few rapids when it felt like I was going to shoot off the raft, but I managed to hold on and we only lost one person.  Fear thee not though, we found her real quick.  At the end of the tour, our guide had us all get to the back of the raft so that we could flip it over.  This was both awesome and terrifying.  It was cool to ride the rapids without a raft, but it was terrifying to get stuck underneath the raft and not be able to breath.  Totally worth it though.

The next day, we got up early to get to our home base in Viña del Mar at the Roca Blanca hotel.

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That’s the view from my balcony.  It’s kind of nice.

Also, we saw a sunset.

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2 new words: glacier = glaciar and waterfall = catarata; cultural observation: dinner is at a much later time than it is in the United States, Chileans take a break during their work days which leads to a much later lunch so for this reason they eat dinner later

 

 

 

 

Flight Count: 4

We Have Arrived

We hopped on a plane in Atlanta at 10pm on Thursday and landed in Santiago around 9:30 Friday morning. Now, I love riding on airplanes just as much as the next guy…actually, that’s a lie I probably love them much more than the average person. However, that flight was probably the worst thing ever. I “slept” for about six hours with my head in my lap. And by slept, I mean closed my eyes and tried to ignore how uncomfortable it was. In truth, I think that I might’ve gotten about 45 minutes to an hour of sleep that night. The real kicker was that once we got to our hotel, our rooms weren’t ready. No sleeping for us. I swear, yesterday felt like the day that would never end. It felt like it was going on for an eternity. But, at the same time I was too exhausted to even comprehend what was going on.

In my opinion, there’s about 4 stages of sleep deprivation. Stage one consists the initial feeling of feeling a little sleepy. Then, you progress to step two where you start to get delirious. When thus happens absolutely nothing makes any sense to you. Stage 3, slap happy. Everything is funny even if its completely not funny. And the final stage, emotionless. Nothing is interesting and all you can think about is sleeping. I think I hit each of these about seven times in my never ending yesterday.

I started out my Chilean culinary experience by enjoying a coke zero and a cookies and cream candy bar. I really wanted to branch out for meal number one. For dinner, I had a grilled cheese, so basically I’ve quite adventurous tastes. Unfortunately, we’ve been told that we will be eating some weird things tonight. He’s told us that we won’t know what we’re eating until we’re done. Slightly terrifying.

We are leaving Chile this afternoon to begin our trip in Patagonia where we are going to go zip lining and white water rafting. I don’t think that we’ll have wifi there, but be ready for a ton of awesome pictures when I get back!

Also, quick shout out to Kenzi and Tomi for being my first international phone call.

Just pretend that it was last Friday when you read this…wifi hasn’t been ideal.

2 words I learned: deprivation = privación and culinary = culinario; cultural observation: you have to be much more cautious with your money while in public settings