It’s Nina and Rachel writing from Santiago, Chile! We’ve been enjoying this gorgeous weather and country for over a month now! One of our goals from the beginning of our experience was to travel all around Chile and experience as many different things as possible- the country is made up of deserts, forests, valleys, mountains, lakes, glaciers, and the Antarctic circle. We’ve already planned (and gone on) many weekend trips to places like Pucón, Puerto Montt, Isla Negra and Valparaiso, Patagonia, and Atacama (and a couple of trips to Argentina- Buenos Aires and Mendoza.)
We’ve been taking advantage of the hot summer weather here in Chile, but have definitely made sure to keep piling on the sunscreen because not so fun fact: there is no ozone layer over Santiago! But don’t worry, that hasn’t slowed us down. We went white water rafting and hiking in Pucón, walked on the beach of the second largest island of Chile (Island of Chiloé) and have been playing pick up soccer with some Chilean college students. Chile LOVES soccer. In between classes and exploring Santiago during the week, we’ve been able to jump into some “baby” fútbol games- 5v5 with a futsal ball on small concrete fields. Not only do we get to have fun playing soccer, but it allows us to practice our Spanish, too.
We’ll be sending in more updates about our experiences here in Chile so make sure to check in later!
¡CHAU! Nina and Rachel