It has been a while since I’ve updated my page and I have so much to talk about I probably won’t be able to give a complete update in one sitting.
I’ve fallen in love with Chile over and over again, to think there is only one week left really saddens me. There is so much more I would like to do and I regret any time I spent napping instead of venturing out into the streets of Santiago. When I began this trip I thought this would be a once in a lifetime and I’d never return; now I find myself hoping to one day have the opportunity to come back and see all the parts of the country the time didn’t allow for now.
There is so much to love in Chile. The view from all the cerros and even from my balcony is beautiful, it takes me away from the city life and allows for relaxation and an escape any time I want it. I love the people here, at least the ones I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. Don’t get me wrong, there are still the malicious people in Santiago like in any part of the world. Robbers here are smart robbers and rarely violent. They’re known for taking things from people in plain sight without them even noticing, luckily I have not bumped into any of those although others also in the ECELA program with me have. But every where I go people are just all smiles…and the occasional weird looks when I speak English with friends instead of practice my Spanish. People seem genuinely curious to know where you’re from and to help you see the most of the country. It also seems to me that most people are extremely knowledgeable about the history of Chile and all that lies within the country; it has inspired me to learn more of the history of the Dominican Republic and the NY as well.
Chile has inspired me to want to do so much more with my everyday, I’ve begun a list of goals/ideals I plan to share when my trip is over. I’m grateful for all the ways this study abroad experience has opened my eyes and allowed me to improve on who I am. I am extremely thankful for all those who helped make this trip possible and I only wonder what country I will be exploring next.
I realized photographs are necessary to really tell the story of my experiences in the last week and even that won’t be enough.