Within the last few weeks we were in Santiago, the Chilean spring was really taking full form. It was warm, the trees were in full bloom, people spent hours in the parks, and the city truly came alive. With this a number of festivals, protests, deomstrations and the like began to occur more frequently. On November 14th, one of these such events took place: Open Mind Fest. This festival was dedicated to promoting free love across the gender sex spectrum, appreciation for diversity, and simply adopting an open mind. When we were there it was after the parade and demonstration portion so we it was more of the music and arts section. For me it seemed like a way to create a safe place to express yourself however you please. There were no negative vibes and everyone was just having a great time and enjoying being themselves.
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<div>Hi there! I'm Marley, 19 years old from Maryland :) I am a cheese appreciator, lover of the earth, and hopeful human. I <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">am extremely grateful to be in Santiago and hope that this blog helps to capture my experiences so that others may </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">share in them.</span></div>