Well Hello Again!
I cannot believe it is my last week in Chile! This trip has been an a wonderful opportunity and experience that is once in a life time. I have still been keeping busy though! This past Sunday we explored many of the cultural centers in Santiago. We met up with some of our friends from Universidad Mayor and first went to the president’s house. It was really beautiful and had a great sense of pride for Chile. We also got to pet some of the military horses. It also gave me a kind of eerie feeling because when Chile had dictatorship this was a common place of chaos and terror.
Then we went to a museum of Chile and South America pre-civilization. It was great to see such rich culture and artifacts. Then we went to the Cathedral of Santiago. I think this was my favorite part of the entire day. I got to pray, see a beautiful church, and feel refreshed within my soul and self. I could have probably spent all day there. Then we went and a lunch in this huge market. The only down side to having lunch in such a small and busy place is when you need a table for 19 people. Then we went to where one of the UMayor professors volunteers every week. This is a place for refugees and migrants to come and learn the language. I go to participate with Renee in a class of about 25 people. The teacher was really passionate about teaching the language. The students were all so welcoming and had many questions for us. ( A lot about out blonde hair.)
Yesterday I started my last week of ECELA Spanish School. In my second class something had really clicked in my head and I was on a roll. I am really proud of the fact that my studying has really paid off so far. Then later in the day we had a BBQ at school with all the new friends we have made. I had a really wonderful night. We all were there and got to laugh and bond even more.
Today we went to school, had a group lunch and presented about education in the United States. It was a really busy and long day. Most of the time I hate public speaking but I think that I did really well today. I have really gained a lot of confidence on this trip.
But for the rest of the night I plan to get ready for bed, have some dinner, and watch some Netflix. Some nights you just need some time to yourself. A cold, a headache and a little bit of homesickness doesn’t help either. Tomorrow is a new and shinning day and I will live up the rest of my time here in Chile!
Hasta Luego Amigos!