Today marks exactly one month since the IES Abroad Summer 2015 in Santiago Program has come to a close.
As sad as it was to leave Chile, finally being reunited with my sister after two months of being abroad (and an entire spring semester of studying) was such a great feeling! Also, being able to spend some time with my puppy, Fenway, felt pretty special too.
The first meal I had with my family when I got home was corn on the cob (yum!) and shrimp with sweet potato. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but the flavors blend so nicely together and it was so great to be back with my family having a nice home cooked meal again.
One thing that was a bit difficult to get used to at first was coming home to summer weather! I had been in my winter jacket, freezing in Santiago for over two months, so finally coming home to 85-degree weather was a little shocking for my body to handle. I’m definitely getting used to this nice summer weather though and I am loving the vacation time by the beach.
Since being home I have also tried sushi again. I have to say, as nervous as I was to have sushi in the United States after being spoiled with some of the best sushi I have ever had in Santiago, it was not that bad after all.
After finally having some time to reflect on the journey I had in Santiago, I am beginning to love the idea of becoming a traveling nurse, which I think is about the most exciting future goal to have! This program really opened my eyes to the possibility of working outside of the United States, which has been a dream of mine since the first time I left to live in Chile, but never seemed like something I could actually do. I feel like I know have connections in Chile that would be more than happy to help me reach my crazy and extraordinary dreams!
I feel so grateful to have been able to spend another two months in such a beautiful city, meeting new people from all over the world and would like to thank every single person who followed my journey and helped me along the way!
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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>