“TILA” is the phrase ISA, myself, as well as other students studying abroad in Chile this semester, have adopted as a way to laugh at our mistakes and explain cultural differences as we, humorously, adjust to this completely foreign yet wonderful place. I’ve been in Santiago for less than 48 hours and I already know that this is a country that I will return to again and again, following the end of my program.
Posts from the ‘Valparaíso/Viña del Mar’ Category
¡Viva Chile! Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, I don’t leave for beautiful South America until the end of February. In the meantime, there is a lot to be done. I need to pack. I need to double-check documents, and most importantly, I need to continue living my life! Read more
There have been several times here in Chile when I think “that wouldn’t fly in the U.S.” or “you don’t see that everyday back home.” I often laugh at these times thinking how different other cultures are, but yet how similar they can be as well. Read more
For 20 years I have lived in the same place. I have spent maybe 4 months away from the familiar central Pennsylvania sights I know so well. There was a week at summer camp here and there, but never could I construe that I would be a resident of any other place outside the Keystone State. However, three weeks into this great adventure , I endured an hour or so of bureaucratic red tape to receive my Chilean identification card. Read more
It’s almost spring here in Chile, which means there aren’t many more ski days left. Naturally, we needed another ski day so I began looking into how we could ski another resort besides Portillo since we skied there last month. After looking for a bit, I discovered Valle Nevado ski center. Read more
I have spent countless hours fantasizing about travel. I was the girl, staring out the window of my classrooms, imagining how many countries I had yet to see and the adventure of digging my toes into each and every one. The girl who had the National Geographic subscription and the world map on my dorm room wall, and who was seriously considering getting “Wanderlust” tattooed on my skin before it became a Pinterest and Tumblr phenomenon. I had so frequently and so vividly imagined myself on foreign soil that it felt vastly strange when I landed on this Chilean dirt six weeks ago and moved from romanticized daydreams into real life. Read more
...the best things you find will be small recommendations from authentic sources and, best of all, pursuits of your own curiosity. Put down your guidebook. Ask for advice. Open your eyes.
I absolutely love cafés. Especially cute hole-in-the-wall locally owned cafés. Thank goodness there is no shortage of cafés in Chile. I’ve been to quite a few and wanted to share some of my favorites. Read more
I’m stuck here, struggling to start putting this experience into words. The first days in Chile have smacked me in the face with a mixture of beauty and chaos. Six days deep and I can already feel what an intense journey my eight weeks in Valparaíso will be. Read more