This has been the longest winter break- or, I guess South American summer break? I am currently in Rio de Janeiro visiting my friend here before I head to Santiago on Monday morning. I’ve learned so many things about the culture and lifestyle here in four days; I can’t imagine how much I’ll learn in a whole semester in Chile!
Last week I spoke to my host family on the phone and I’m even more excited to meet them now. I’m a little worried about my taxi ride to their house from the airport, but I’m sure it will be fine.
It seems like every week for the past month something gets me a little close to actually arriving in Santiago. First, I received all the documents necessary to apply for the visa, then I went to the Chilean Consulate in Manhattan to apply. About a week an a half later I went back to pick it up. Landing in Brazil was the next step to get me closer. I think it was a great transition for me to come visit my friend first. She was able to give me tips and advice about studying abroad. Santiago is just around the corner!
I would say applying for the visa and getting all the documents in place beforehand is the most stressful part about the whole pre departure process. The consulates are not particularly helpful on their website, and they don’t answer the phone- it’s just a prerecorded message with information. But, everything worked out and I can’t wait to share my adventures/experiences/life lessons I face in Chile this semester.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">As a native New Yorker and a student at the University of North Carolina I'm psyched to journey even further south to Santiago, Chile for the semester. I'm a junior and a Global studies major hoping to improve my Spanish and meet a whole bunch of awesome people! Also, I'm a huge tea drinker, so I'm ready to experience Chilean maté!</span></p>