A week has passed since a very hectic arrival to Chile, complete with many delayed flights. Everyone is beginning to become more comfortable with the busy schedule we have planned for the next six weeks in Santiago.
Our first couple of days were spent trying to communicate and navigate around the city with our new classmates. We were sent on scavenger hunts that helped us not only get lost in the city, but learn how the metro and buses really work. We visited old churches, malls and other cool buildings in Santiago.
Over the weekend we took a short trip to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar! Valparaíso is one of the most important seaports in the South Pacific that is known for its colorful houses and incredible graffiti art. Viña del Mar, which is also often referred to as “La Cuidad Jardín” (The Garden City), is a very touristy town located within the region of Valparaíso. In Viña we spent the afternoon exploring the beautiful beaches and ended the day eating at an Italian restaurant.
We concluded the weekend by taking a tour of the capital city, Santiago! There we visited La Moneda, which is where the president Michelle Bachelet works most of the time. We also hiked up Cerro Santa Lucía, which is a small hill located in the center of Santiago; once we reached the top we were able to see the most amazing view of the city. To conclude the long week, we ate completos Italianos, which are hot dogs topped with avocado, tomato, mayonnaise and ketchup. ¡Que rico!
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<p>My name is Kyla Corvino, I am a nursing major and Spanish language minor who feels so blessed and enthusiastic to have the opportunity to be back in Santiago, Chile studying health sciences in the language I absolutely adore. Spanish and Nursing are my two passions that I will continue to pursue abroad for the rest of my life! At the age of nineteen I have had the opportunity to visit three different countries, which helped spark my drive to be a world traveler. I've found through my travels that every experience has the capacity to become a unique adventure and every photo holds those memories.</p>