Today I did something I never thought I would do in my life; I hiked the Andes mountains. Las Cordilleras (what everyone calls the mountain range here) are visible from wherever you are in Santiago if it’s clear outside. Seeing them every day was amazing, but finally being able to be up close and personal with them was a breathtaking experience.
I was a little nervous about hiking these mountains because I am not in the best physical shape. I eat a lot, don’t exercise, and would much rather sleep than do anything else. When we first arrived to the mountains, I just knew that it would be unbearably cold. Since I’ve gotten older, snow is not something I particularly like anymore. I hate being cold all the time, and driving when there’s snow on the ground is not fun. However, the first thing that popped into mind when we stepped foot on the ground was that this place looked a lot like home. The sun was shining so it wasn’t cold, and the snow was as pretty as can be. I kept reminiscing to my childhood and how much I loved playing in the snow. My family and I would play in the snow all day, and then later come in the house for hot chocolate. So many memories started to come back to me, and I was glad that I was able to remember these moments while looking among the gorgeous mountains.
While hiking the mountains with a few of my colleagues, I managed to put my memories to the test. I built the base of a snowman, and my colleagues helped me bring him to life. I was having a hard time adjusting to life here in Chile, but at this moment I knew I was at home. I’m a proud Buffalonian; and as much as I say I hate the snow, I will always somehow have a love for it. Thank you Chile for giving me this amazing experience.
¡Bienvenidos! My name is Bryanna Hill and I'm an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Spanish at SUNY Buffalo State. This will be my second experience abroad with the school, and I'm excited to see what Santiago, Chile has in store for me. I enjoy laughing, dancing, and trying new things.