This has been my first full week in Santiago in April. While it was nice to spend the weekend in a familiar environment, I plan to go to Mendoza, Argentina this weekend!
Saturday was my host mother’s birthday, so we had a small party in the house with family and close friends. It was really great to practice my Spanish with adults that aren’t in an academic setting. My host parents’ close friends are always curious about how I compare Chile with the United States, which actually forces me to analyze the similarities and differences that normally I wouldn’t notice.
This coming Thursday I leave for my weekend trip to Mendoza. CAUC, the organization of extranjeros at La Catolica, put the trip together at a very reasonable price that includes transportation and hostels. It also includes a tour of the city, a tour of a chocolate factory and a tango lesson. I’m so psyched to visit Argentina!
After this weekend I’m not sure what other trips I will be taking. In late May I’m planning a trip to meet with my mom in Buenos Aires. The 21st of May is a holiday, so I won’t be missing as much class. I’m in the internship class at IES, so I had to rearrange my internship schedule, but it should still work out fine. At UNC, grades from study abroad transfer as P/F, which, honestly, gives me the comfort to travel without worrying too much. That being said, I’m excited to further explore the Southern Cone.
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