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Gap Year Abroad

2 posts from October 2014

10/23/2014

September

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In September we were able to travel south to Puerto Montt and the Region de los Lagos, the very northern part of what is considered Patagonia. After taking various tours around the region we were able to see the incredible landscapes and national parks Chile has to offer. 

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On our tours in Patagonia we were also able to visit the beautiful Archipelago de Chiloe! Chiloe is known for its distintive folklore, mythology, and cuisine. Here we enjoyed fresh salmon and tour the beautiful Archipelago while learning about its rich Spanish and Mapuche (Native Chilean) culture, and the myths and legends of the Mapuche. 10659279_721668321216442_6484519279975269417_n

 After a week in Patagonia we arrived just in time for Fiestas Patrias in commemoration of the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810 marking the beginning of the Chilean Independence. The actual dia de independencia is September 18th, however, unofficially the celebration lasts all weekend long with traditional food like empanadas, barbaque, and terromotos, and traditional dance called the "Cueca". 

10/07/2014

August

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To catch you all up... August was an exciting month full of new experiences as I got to know the cities of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. I was so lucky to have been placed with such a great host family with two host sisters close to my age to help me adjust to life here in Chile. I've also enjoyed getting to know my Gap Year Abroad group (in photo above) and other students from the Universidad de Vina del Mar (UVM), the University I've been studying at. Starting in August I have been taking five different classes. Three of which are designed to work on my Spanish. I have one class that focuses on communication, another that focuses on grammar, and another to work on getting rid of my "gringa" accent. So far I have been loving my classes! It's so interesting to have Spanish classes in which not everyone in your class speaks english as their first language. In my class of 8 we have students from the United States, Germany, France, and Finland. When learning vocabulary, instead of just writing the English word next to the Spanish word, we instead have to describe it in Spanish so that every student understands. This has been such an interesting way to learn and it has been so cool learning about the different cultures in Finland, France, and Germany as well as here in Chile!

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