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Chile Exchange Reflection

I was abroad in Chile for about 6 months. My life in Chile was different. I lived an hour and 30 minutes away from the university via public transportation. I was an hour away from the more popular hangout spots in the center of Santiago. I knew absolutely zero people in the country. Still, it

Exploring the North of Chile

These last few weeks I have been on an excursion exploring the north of Chile. While I originally planned to go with friends, I ended up going alone. I could do what I wanted alone. I stopped at La Serena, a beautiful beach town in the fourth region of Chile. Exhausted from an overnight bus,

Foreign Rhythms

I wanted to try something new, so I signed up for an extracurricular Salsa class at the university. I figured it would be a great way to meet people. Plus, I had been interested in learning to dance Salsa for a while, but I could never gather the courage to sign up before. Something about

Natural Disaster Abroad

A couple of nights ago there a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, and the Chilean’s referred to it as a minor aftershock. It is one of thousands of minor aftershocks that have woken me up at night, or rattled the windows, or occurred unobserved by me since the major earthquake that happened in September. I have decided

Campus Life at PUC

Every school day I commute for about an hour to campus and another hour back. After making such a long journey to campus, I stay there. Sometimes I find a nice patch of grass and lay in the sun to read for my literature class. Sometimes I go to the library to get some homework

The Homestay Experience

The whole trip entering Chile I felt small. I was just a boy on a tiny green bus that rode on the thin, snow covered international pass, “Los Libertadores”. The road, the bus, and I meandered through the international border, insignificant in size, age, and wonder next to the towering Aconcagua and all of the

Ready To Go To Chile

As a kid I used to bike around my street. I distinctly remember one day I ignored my parent’s instructions and biked into the neighboring street. I biked all the way to the end of Oak Street, quickly turned around, and sped home to call it a day. It was such a thrill to explore

Back at NU – Final thoughts on my exchange

Michael Aleman, PUC Exchange, Fall 2012 I’ve been in classes for a week now and it’s  nice to see things haven’t changed much. Evanston is still freezing in the winter, the El is still really slow, and NU student groups still give out lots of free food. It feels like the polar opposite of PUC

Hiking around Santiago and in the Andes

Michael Aleman, PUC Exchange, Fall 2012 Though my classes didn’t allow me much time for it, I did manage to get in a few good hikes during the course of the semester. The following are pictures from three separate outings I went on during the semester, two with a school club and one with a

Chile Travels 2

Michael Aleman, PUC Exchange, Fall 2012 The following are pictures from a few different trips I made during the semester. La Ligua This is a small town located 160km northwest of Santiago, known for its textiles and sweets. Lush green hills surround the town and make for great sightseeing if you decide to climb some