Today was nothing short of an eventful, action-packed, beyond beautiful, colorful day. The one thing that I learned more than anything today is that the sea truly holds my heart.
We began our excursion at Isla Negra, where here we went in and explored one of the houses of the famous Chilean writer, Pablo Neruda. The only way I can describe this house is an actual (but not really) ship on land in house form. I was blown away by all the statues of princesses and mermaids just hanging out in the living room. But the coolest thing of the house - besides the amazing ocean view - was the location of his bed. We walked up the stairs and found this bed placed diagonally, facing the edge of two windows, where the house's length and width met. By windows I mean windows in wall form... needless to say it was amazing. I found myself stopping whatever I was doing to look at the ocean. I became lost in it every single time. It was so incredibly captivating to me. We then went down to the actual beach portion of the house where here I climbed some of the huge rocks to feel like I was "on top of the world". I took my shoes off and put my feet in the sand, walking to the water and just enjoyed that moment in time.
We then ventured to Valparaiso, an incredibly beautiful and colorful town along the coast that reminded me just of San Francisco. We began our time there with lunch along the water in the upper deck of a nice restaurant. Saying we ate like Gods and Goddesses was the understatement of the year. Appetizer upon appetizer, course upon dessert upon more food and drinks, I walked out of there feeling like I should be rolled out. *one point to mention: I actually ate fish, and ACTUALLY kind of liked it. Big things for this girl over here!* I was mildly disappointed when we didn't take elevators hiking up and down these hills in the city, but we saw so many incredibly beautiful paintings that people actually drew, it was SO cool!
But my favorite part of the trip, hands down, was Vina del Mar. Filled with beaches and hotel buildings, I never felt more like at home like I belonged here. We were given 45 minutes to walk around and explore the beach, get ice cream or coffee, but I wanted absolutely nothing to do with anything - or anyone really - for that matter, I just wanted to park myself in the sand close to the water. And sit there. And enjoy the beauty that I was mesmerized by. I cannot put into words just how taken back I was by the beauty in front of me. It reminded me so much of my cottage I had in Crystal Beach, Ontario, (only in MUCH larger form) with my Nana, and in that moment, I felt that she was there with me. For that entirety of that time I just sat there and soaked it all in, watching the sunset - something my friends and I back home absolutely love loveeee to do (shoutout Amanda and Jesse) - and enjoyed every moment.
It is absolutely amazing to me just how much Chile has to offer, and just how beautiful nature really is. While the sea genuinely holds my attention, I cannot put in to words just how amazing, how awestruck I have been with the beauty in this country.
Hello everyone! My name is Christine Doherty and I am an undergraduate student attending Buffalo State College pursuing a degree in Special Education, as well as certification in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.