It’s been nearly six months since I boarded that plane to go to Chile. Six months since the wheels lifted off American soil and landed in a foreign country. Six months since I started an incredible semester-long adventure that would change my entire life.
It’s been three weeks since I left Chile. It’s taken me quite some time to process just how influential this trip has been on my life. I’m going to do my best and break it down for you. But I’m finding it difficult to begin to explain how many things I’ve learned on this trip. The life lessons are irreplaceable and some of the most valuable information I know.
The biggest trip planned for our semester abroad is undoubtedly Patagonia. It is saved for the very end of the semester and the nine-day-long trip is packed full of amazing activities. It would take ages for me to go into detail and explain every step of the trip so instead I’ll give you a highlight reel of this incredible excursion.
When we booked our trip to Easter Island, we knew we wouldn't have very much time there. Flights to and from the island only happen once a day and since we waited until we arrived in Chile to plan our trip, our choices were very limited. That being said, we certainly made the most of our 36 hours on the island and it was without a doubt the best day and a half of my life.
My last few posts have been few and far between. While I am sorry for that, there is definitely a reason behind it. These past couple of weeks have been non-stop and it's not going to be slowing down anytime soon. In the few off days we had before Easter Island, about half of our group took two day trips to Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, and Isla Negra. This is the saga of an exhausting yet rewarding 48 hours.
What to do when everything feels like it's going wrong.
Our four days in the Atacama Desert are four of the best days of my life. From sand boarding down enormous sand dunes to crashing a bicycle, it was an adventure to remember.
Our trip to Machu Picchu was as full as possible. We went straight from our class to the airport. We returned at midnight and had to go to class the next day. There was no possible way we could have fit more into the small amount of time we had. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Check out my video diary! I feel like I’m in a dream. After a year of waiting, months of saving, and hours upon hours of traveling; I’m in Santiago, Chile for an entire semester to study abroad. I am writing to you at the end of our first week here. Seven days have passed since … Continue reading Santiago Study Abroad: Vol. 1
In less than two weeks, my life is going to change. Studying abroad has been an aspiration of mine since my junior year of high school. I visited Europe with my aunt and some family friends and I fell in love with travel. Years ago, when I mentioned that I might want to study abroad, … Continue reading Study Abroad: The Before