Two words --> San Cristobal.
Almost 1,000 feet above the city of Santiago. 1 hour and 15 minute hike. Amazing views of the city below and although they weren't in sight because of the pollution (Santiago hasn't seen rain in a long time) I knew that the Andes Mountains were somewhere in the distance. We hope to go back up the hill after a good rain so that they are more visible. My battle buddy, Alexia, and I were the only two up for the challenge of the long hike. Our second option was to take a trolly up. This would have gotten us there in 3 minutes. We know because we took it on the way down with the rest of the chicas. But the walk was well worth the long trek. On our way we met a Chilean native, who happened to share my name. She was instrumental in helping us up the hill. What was so crazy to both of us was the speed at which the bicyclists were going up and down the hill. There were not really any railings or walls as we walked...just a straight shot down the side of the hill. Those bicyclists didn't show any fear. Feet and back are hurting & I may have gotten pretty sweaty, what a beautiful afternoon for a hike, I'd choose walking again. Nothing like I've ever seen before. Santiago is a HUGE city.
My name is Natalie and I am a graduate student at Buffalo State College in the special education program. I have been given this amazing opportunity to really grow not only as a student, but as a teacher and a person. Through this experience my hope is that I get to know myself better as an individual; develop a deeper understanding of the Chilean geography, culture and language; and gain a different perspective on the possibilities within the classroom. I hope that you follow me on this journey and learn right alongside me.