So this first post is way overdue since I’ve been in Santiago, Chile, for about a month now, but it feels like I’ve only been here for a couple of weeks!
I arrived in Santiago on July 24th, and spent the first week searching for an apartment with Danny Novotny (another UT student). Our university here in Chile does not provide housing, and we both opted not to participate in the homestay programs here in Santiago. Finally, after walking all around the city for a few days with no luck, we were able to find an apartment in the neighborhood of Ñuñoa in central Santiago. Danny and I are living with a Chilean student and a Colombian doctor, so we’re getting opportunities every day to practice and improve our Spanish.
Since we’ve been here in Santiago, we’ve been able to travel and visit a couple places already:
San Pedro de Atacama
By far my favorite trip so far, San Pedro is a small town located in the middle of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. After flying from Santiago to Calama, we bused to San Pedro de Atacama, where we spent two days biking throughout some of the valleys and mountains in the area.