I have officially spent one week in Chile!! I can hardly believe it. This country is amazing and I have been learning so much. My very first day in Chile I went for a walk with my home stay family around our neighborhood. Right down the street from where I am staying there is a super market and a store that is operated by Walmart called Líder. There is also a big park where I saw two soccer games going on. (Soccer is HUGE here!) The park is called Parque Inés de Suárez.
During Orientation this past week I had the opportunity the Santiago area. In Santiago Centro I visited the Catedral y Museo Historico Nacional de Chile. Both were wonderful. The Catedral is beautiful and the architecture is really something worth seeing. In el museo nacional I learned some of the history of Chile and about the indigenous groups that have lived here. Santiago Centro also has many parks like most of Chile. The parks are always filled with people. It’s a great place to walk and catch up with friends or even a nice place to study.
Saturday I went to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar which is about an hour and a half away from Santiago. In Valparaiso, I visited one of the three houses that Pablo Neruda lived in. The view in his house is incredible. You can look out the window on the top floor of the house and see the ocean. I wouldn’t mind waking up to that! In Viña, I had the chance to go to the beach. It was pretty windy so I did not swim, but I did walk in the sand with some friends. I also found some sea glass to add to my collection!
Sunday I climbed Cerro Santa Lucia y Cerro San Cristobal. San Cristobal was a very LONG hike, but it was so worth it. The view at the very top was incredible. You could look out and see all of Santiago and more mountains.
My favorite part of Chile so far…The View! I love seeing mountains everyday.
Parque Inés de Suárez
La Plaza de Aviación
La casa de Pablo Neruda. (La Sebastiana)
Viña del Mar
Cerro San Cristobal (Virgin Mary)
View at the top of San Cristobal
More to come!
V. Miranda Wilson