Life is getting just a little bit more hectic as we reach the end of June.
I have learned that one of my favorite activities in Chile is trying new foods (and of course taking pictures of it)! Some of the things I tried this week includes:
1. Choriana: french fries topped with beef and a sunny side up egg
2. A typical mapuche (native) tea made with flowers
3. Cazuela: a soup consisting of potato, squash, beef (or chicken), corn and herbs
4. Marisocos con queso: which a seafood topped with melted cheese
Every food I tried this week was delicious and definitely worth posting about!
Our group spent one of our last clinical observations at a Mapuche Ruca, which is the hunt that the native Chileans practice medicine and gather in. It was very interesting to learn that this group of people believes a lot in nature and it’s power to heal the sick. The Mapuches believe that many times a person will become ill because their sprit or the way they treat others is not positive enough. Visiting the Ruca was an amazing experience because it was the most different from anything else we had visited in Chile before!
For the weekend, I took a trip with my host family to their cottage in Casablanca. It was really relaxing to get away from the city for a while and enjoy breathing some smog-free air! The sunrises and sunsets were the most beautiful colors when they hit the tops of the mountains.
The new week will be full of final projects and papers, which are definitely not the most exciting parts about being in Santiago, but are helping me tremendously with my Español. (Also cannot wait to see Chile in the Finals in the Copa América!)
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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>