Chile trip. Another video.

So it’s been 2 weeks back and this is the last video I will make (probably) from the trip. This one is dedicated to just the University. Ah nostalgic feelings…

Look out for Ish dislocating his arm!

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Chile Trip. 2 Days Since.

IMG_0932Well it’s ended. I’m back in my nice central heated house, with my dog and amazingly comfy bed. I really can’t believe it’s come to an end.

The Fruit Market

The Saturday was my last proper day so I wanted to spend as much of it with the family. I went to the fruit market with Chila, which was an experience! Everything was so crazy, hectic, colourful and cheap, so cheap. Luckily it wasn’t too much of a walk home as I offered to carry it! I learnt that she has been hosting students for 15 years and I was her 48th. Crazy!

Menta

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Cookie

We then took the perros for a walk and sat in the park and chatted some more. Afterwards I took myself to the market to spend the rest of my money. Got some lovely little bits and pieces, including my name on a grain of rice! One of the most interesting things I have ever seen be created.

On the Sunday a small group of us met for breakfast and we followed and watched by about 8 dogs! It was really sad having to say goodbye to the town and the people. I had grown a sense of comfort there which wasn’t easy to leave.

Mi host casa

Mi host familia

I got a picture with our host family and a nice chat before getting picked up. The trip to the airport was sad but beautiful getting to see the countryside for one last time.

Santiago Airport

We arrived at the airport so early we couldn’t even check in, so we found some wifi and sat ourselves down for an hour. Finally got through and onto the plane and after some interesting plane food, lovely service from the air hostess, awful sleep and 9 hours we were in Houston!

9 hours to kill resulted in aimlessly walking around the airport and spending $16 on American snacks for my 12 year old self.

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 The flight to Heathrow was really nice, it was an empty flight so we got rows of seats to ourselves and I actually slept! We missed our landing slot so to buy time before decending to Heathrow we got a lovely tour around London. Saw the London Eye, the Shard, Canary Wharf and even our University!

And that’s that. It’s a shame its over but I’ve never been so happy to have a nice WARM bath or to actually have a lay in. My Chile trip was a blast, filled with amazing memories and amazing people. Thanks for following my journey 🙂

P.S Some people on trip also wrote blogs which are super great so you should check them out:

Fiona: http://fifijane.blogspot.co.uk/ She’s a first class honours English Lit grad, so you can imagine how beautiful it is!

Amelie: http://ameliegoestochile.wordpress.com/ I have mentioned this before but check it out again! Stunning pictures of the city.

Hannah: https://hannahatvenice.wordpress.com/ Hannah as such a way with words! She’s been blogging for awhile to take a look back at all the great stuff.

Chris: http://justchileanoverhere.blogspot.co.uk/ Puns. So many puns.

Chile Trip. Day 12. Where has the time gone!? 

My goodness these past two weeks have flown by. Yesterday we had our last day of university. I always getting really sad about leaving a place, I don’t really know why, losing a sense of comfort I suppose.

IMG_1141I kept thinking:  “This’ll be the last time I go and get a hot chocolate with Fi in the break” or “I will never be able to see this view while having lunch every again.” Thinking that didn’t really help the whole getting emotional about leaving a place.

IMG_1305We got a lovely group photo with us and one of our Professors, Mariana. I will miss her teaching style, she was always happy but learning never felt like a chore with her. Felipe’s class, as always was more relaxed but I think that was good for everyone.

Just as class finished 3 boys in our group decided to jump into the pool that they have in the university. First two went in fine but the third boy, Ish, dislocated his arm and had to be taken to hospital! He is fine now just all bandaged up and he now has a priceless souvenir to take back with him!

IMG_1317When leaving the university to get the bus Fi and myself were getting some last pictures of the university and I think it really hit us then.

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The “Last time we will be here” face

As a group we went out for a dinner, our professors were there and our student helpers were there. It was a really nice night and is ending the trip on a high.

Now I face my last day and I really have no idea what I should do to make the most of my remaining time.

Day 7. Sandboarding.

On Sunday we went Sandboard in Con Con, a little town/city next to Vina. The bus journey made me super car sick and then we climbed up a massive (and I’m not joking when I say massive sanddune.) So when I finally reached the top I was not myself and didn’t feel completely up for the sandboarding. Luckily Fi didn’t either so we had a nice chat and I got a chance to film everyone else.

So for your viewing pleasure…

A view of these clips were filmed by Ish (another person on the trip) so cheers to him!


P.S Some of the clips are from the really great sunset I filmed yesterday (Day 9. Change of Plans.)

Chile Trip. Day 9. Change of plans.

¡Hola!

This week’s classes started an hour earlier, resulting in a lot of moaning from everyone in the group. Getting up at 6.30 AM is a struggle and having to then go and learn Spanish that early is difficult. However we are persevering through. Felipe’s classes seem to have changed from ‘Conversation and Culture’ to ‘Spanish Drama’. All we seem to be doing is writing scripts and performing them to the class, be it very funny it isn’t very informative.

IMG_1181After university I came home to a much tidier room to what I left. The maid had been! I took this opportunity to take some pictures of the room, as you would have easily confused it for a bomb site before. There is some kind of construction work happening to our house right next to my room and it makes it difficult to think. I thought I would go back to the market and buy all the little bits and bobs to take back home.

Headphones in and off I went. This was the first time I have walked on my own in the daylight and I saw way more than I normally would. Here in Vina Del Mar and also in Valparaiso there are a lot of stray dogs. Despite their appearance they are the most friendly creatures and just want love and some food! On the walk I found a dog rummaging through the trash.

About 2 minutes away from the market I got a glimpse of the sun and the sea and I couldn’t resist to take a few photos and videos. This then turned into me having my camera and phone recording time lapses and my keeping an eye on both and the beautiful sky as much as I could. The waves were massive, the sun was sitting in the middle of the sky and there were some boats perched on the horizon. Bliss.

It was too beautiful to leave, but when I finally did I had missed the market and the majority of the stalls had gone. So another trip to the market for me!

I haven’t edited a video for the sandboarding from the other day or the clips from today but it’ll be coming soon!

Chile Trip. Day 6. Market Day.

I had a lay in on Saturday, gosh was it beautiful. It was a murky day, one of those when you really just want to stay in bed reading all day. However I got up and I’m bloody glad I did. Being from Western Culture we met at Starbucks and moved to Pizza Hut for lunch.

Afterwards, Fi, Amelie and myself headed to San Martin Market which couldn’t be in a more perfect location, right next to the beach. There is something so special about feeling the sea breeze everywhere you go.

We did one lap to spot out the things we wanted, stopped to get the funniest caricatures drawn (He drew us in bikinis even though collectively we must have been in about 15 layers), ate chewy churros on the beach and then bought want we wanted.

I’ve attempted another video collage of the day. Some of the footage was shot by fellow honorary Chilean Amelie (check her blog here.)

Enjoy!

Chile Trip. Day 4-6. Daily Routine.

¡Hola amigos!

It’s been awhile… This routine is starting to feel so ordinary that it feels silly blogging about it. But I’m still in South America, learning Spanish and in this beautiful place!

 So… On Wednesday after we finished class we went on another tour of Valparaiso. This time we went to Pablo Neruda museum. He was a Nobel peace prize winning poet who had three house in Chile and as he was a collector of many things his houses were turned into museums. It was really interesting and had some amazing views around it.

 Afterwards we did the open air walking tour, which consisted of a lot of artwork around the city that you could freely walk around. Martin kept us informed of little things we didn’t know about.

Then on Wednesday night it was one of our leaders, Valentine’s birthday so a few of us went out to a bar to celebrate. We sat outside but there was loads of space to sit inside or out. I tried Pisco Sours, the local drink here, it was quite alcoholic (we have found out they are not shy on alcohol here.) It tastes a lot like a cloudy lemonade.

On Thursday, Amelie and myself went to the MASSIVE mall here and browsed till our hearts content. Tried the Mcdonalds here in Chile and it didn’t taste massively different than to England. Then bought a big fluffy jumper in Zara to keep me warm!

Thats all for now. Expect pictures and video soon!

Chile Trip. Day Four. Walking Tour

We had class till 4.30 PM today. Finally felt like I’m learning some Spanish. My teacher in the morning was great and we learnt introduction and I was actually getting some things right. Hooray!

After class we had a walking tour of Valparaiso. We got a bus into the city and then went into the hills and walked around there. We took the funicular up the hills, which was an experience! It doesn’t look safe or really feel 100% safe, but boy was it worth it. The views on it were breath taking!

Once into the hills our tour guide was telling us different parts of the history of the city. Graffiti was a big part and is seen as art in this part of the world. It’s mind boggling how they managed to paint the things they did.

We got to what seemed a viewing point and it was beautiful views over Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar and the Pacific Ocean. There were many cute looking shops and stalls scattered about but hopefully I’ll go back soon to look at them properly.

We were lucky enough to get a boat trip around the bay just as the sun was setting. Wow. Just wow. It once again didn’t feel the safest but it was well worth it. We got to see the city light up and the sun went down. It was so peaceful watching such a busy place from afar. I then got the bus back and had dinner with my host family. Early night for me. Jet lag is winning…