Navigating Chilean Spanish
May01

Navigating Chilean Spanish

“Sí po, cachai?” Yeah, you know? Had this phrase been said to me in any Spanish class or come up in a conversation before living in Chile I would have stood there dumbfounded and wondered if maybe it was Portuguese instead of Spanish. “Quiero una palta y un jugo de frutilla.” I want an avocado and strawberry juice. I would have asked what on earth a palta was and if frutilla meant a mixed-fruit juice. You would expect that, going to...

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Escaping the City
Feb26

Escaping the City

I was so lucky to have avoided the homesickness and feelings of being completely overwhelmed when I arrived here in Santiago. In fact, it took me exactly 43 days to feel a twinge of those things, which I know is something to be very appreciative of. That’s not the story from the beginning, though. My doubts existed before arriving, they just went away the moment I stepped off the plane. At that point, I was in and I wasn’t leaving so...

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Choosing Chile
Feb03

Choosing Chile

I had wanted to study abroad immediately upon my discovery of the ‘other cultures’ section of my elementary school library as a third grader. I knew, sitting in my room at home pouring over every book I could find about other customs and routines and places I knew nothing about, that I wanted to go everywhere I could. That is my of my clearest memories when I think back to the beginning of my educational career and it could not be any...

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Living in the Dominican Republic
Jul15

Living in the Dominican Republic

Here is a glimpse of what I have been up to the past few weeks in the Dominican Republic! I was so fortunate to receive a grant to study here this summer. I am taking intensive Spanish and Dominican language and culture classes every day to finish my Spanish minor and increase my fluency! I am living with a Dominican host family, two Dominican students, and another American student. I speak Spanish all day long which is definitely...

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Returning to the USA
Jul09

Returning to the USA

Six weeks have flown by in Colombia, and now I’m back in the USA. The first couple days back, I found myself saying things in English but in grammatical structures of Spanish or even saying certain words in Spanish in the middle of an English conversation. I smile at these little mistakes because I feel like I reached my goal of immersing myself in the language as much as possible when I was in Colombia. One of my biggest pieces...

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¡Junior Tu Papá!
Jun14

¡Junior Tu Papá!

The professional soccer team from Barranquilla is called Junior. The iconic red and white stripes of their jersey can be seen all around the city on any given day, along with people calling out their famous phrase “¡Junior tu papá!” Earlier in this trip, we all went to a Junior game at the stadium here in Barranquilla. Although it was a tie, the atmosphere was amazing. One section of the stadium had a giant band that...

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