I’ve been back here in the U.S. for about two weeks now, and my culture shock has been pretty weird. When you spend 3 weeks somewhere, you really get a feel of how life is. I was so used to saying permiso (excuse me) and gracias (thank you) all the time. I was used to throwing my toilet paper in the trash, and I still find myself looking for the trash can to put my toilet paper in. My first drive in my car was interesting as well, and I was glad I remembered the rules of our roads. I’ve been reminiscing a lot on the food, and I really have a taste for a choripan. I also miss all of my Chilean friends dearly.
Now that I’m back home, I can’t stop thinking of where I want to go next. I’d like to visit every Spanish speaking country in the world, and I would love to visit every island in the Caribbean. I cannot stress how important it is to travel to another country. If you don’t travel, you’re limiting your ability to be open minded. You’re missing out on the opportunity to learn something new and discover things you love. If you don’t travel, you’re not living your life to the fullest.
Every trip has its ups and downs, but I can honestly say my experience in Chile has been unforgettable. I will never forget the people I’ve met, the laughs I’ve shared, the sightseeing I did, the Spanish I’ve learned, and the food that I’ve eaten. I’m so grateful that I was chosen to be a part of the 2017 IPDS Chile cohort, because this was an opportunity of a lifetime.
¡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.