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From Valpo to Patagonia…

Daranee Nasongkhla
April 17, 2013

These first two weeks of April have absolutely flown by! I’ve taken two trips, and its bitter sweet to be back in Santiago.
Last weekend I took a trip to Valpo (Valparaíso, a city on the coast). There are tons of cheap buses from Santiago and it’s under a two hour ride. It was the first trip I had taken outside of Santiago, and as much as I am loving this city, it was really refreshing to get out. We had already taken a day trip to Valpo with IES, but we decided to stay the night to give ourselves more time. Valpo has a lot of cool murals and artwork, beautiful coastal views, and historical significance. We were a little disappointed with the night life (which made us appreciate Santiago!), but we definitely had some fun adventures.
A couple of days later we left for our trip to PATAGONIA! We stay four-ish nights (one night in the airport) and four days. It was amazing! The hikes we pretty intense, but you’re distracted by the most beautiful views of snowcapped mountains, lakes, rivers, skies etc. Back in March we found really reasonable flights for under 150 dollars roundtrip, so the whole trip was under 350 dollars. It was an incredible adventure, and very, very worth it!
Now I’m back in Santiago and happy to be in a place I’m getting to know pretty well. Let’s see what fun things I can get myself into in the next few weeks!

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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&#39;m psyched to journey even further south to Santiago, Chile for the semester. I&#39;m a junior and a Global studies major hoping to improve my Spanish and meet a whole bunch of awesome people! Also, I&#39;m a huge tea drinker, so I&#39;m ready to experience Chilean maté!</span></p>

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