Culture Shocks: USA-> Chile

Hey everyone! I thought I would write a post on differences I have seen between Chile (more specifically Valparaiso/Vina del Mar) and the USA (more specifically Virginia). These are good things for anyone to take into account if they are travelling to Chile (@Jay @mymom @mybrother)! Everyone will kiss you once on the cheek to... Continue Reading →


La Serena: Pisco, penguins, and papayas

We just spent a long weekend in La Serena, because we had an extra two days off. We had "Día de Trabajo" a.k.a. Labor Day this past Tuesday, and many Chileans do not like the"sandwich" of having to work Monday, so our classes were cancelled. I did not have many expectations for La Serena, but... Continue Reading →

After three weeks

What I have learned about Chile: There are A LOT of Chilenismos, meaning words that are only used here in this country. Some of them include: Previa-a pregame before the main event, a discotech(club) Curada-Drunk(woman) Polola-Girlfriend Chachai? -Do you understand? I have also been doing so much--I think that always being on the go is... Continue Reading →

Street Art

I love how beautiful and expressive the streets are in Valparaiso. The walls of buildings are used as "bulletin boards", where people add their ideas and opinions either through notices for upcoming events, graffiti, or murals. Here is some of the murals I encountered in the streets of Valparaiso. The only unfortunate thing is that... Continue Reading →


How do you get up a mountain? Well this is it! In Valparaiso, many people's' daily commutes consist of paying 100 pesos (~0.16 US Dollars) to ride one way. They neighborhoods we went up to have names such as Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, and each their own distinct personalities: The inner workings of an... Continue Reading →

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