by Hope Schwing
Hey everyone –
I am currently a foreign exchange student at La Universidad de Adolfo Ibañez in Viña del Mar. I never would have guessed that I would be studying business and Spanish in Chile. The fact that I have been here for an entire month already is something I can’t wrap my head around.
Time has been flying by thus far, and I think these next three months will do just the same. Tons of exciting (and silly) things have happened on this trip so far. For example, I went skiing down the Andes Mountains only to find out that I absolutely hate skiing. I went down once and called it a day! I think the thought of falling down the Andes Mountains kept me from being calm. There is only one thing here that is scarier than the Andes Mountains here, though, and that is Ascot Dog. Ascot Dog is a random dog with a blue ascot (hence the name) that lives on my street. He chases me and barks super loud, but he never bites. Thank goodness! Other than that, I have had the best time of my entire life here.
The people here in Viña are super kind and willing to help. I figured this out when I took the wrong bus and ended up 11 blocks away from my destination. The food here is good, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t want a large order of curly fries from Arby’s and a $5 chalupa box from Taco Bell. The strangest thing I have eaten here was actually pizza. This pizza had peas, green beans, baby corn, carrots, and tuna on it! Talk about a combo! Let’s just say that I prefer a classic pepperoni pizza from Papa John’s.
I really am starting to lose the feeling of being a tourist here. This place is starting to feel like a new home. I can’t wait to see what else this experience will bring.