Riley: Patagonia, Time Travel, and Bad Luck

Patagonia: Recently I traveled to the Patagonia Region of Chile with Megan, the other student studying in Chile from Ole Miss.  We were almost as far south in the world as you can get (before Antarctica, of course).  We began our trip by flying to Punta Arenas and from there we took a bus to Puerto Natales.  When we…

Riley: San Pedro de Atacama

     This past week I was fortunate enough to have some family members come visit me here in Chile.  I was pretty down in the dumps once my best friend, who came for a visit, left.  My Aunt and Uncle who were coming for a visit gave me something more to look forward to!  While…

Riley: Good Karma in Argentina

One of the first things I learned during my study abroad meetings before I left the U.S. was that if you have a “type A” personality or more or less are a control freak, you will soon lose sight of this by studying abroad.  This could not have been more true based on the whirlwind…

Riley: Chile

HOLA AMIGOS So I have been living in Viña Del Mar, Chile for about 2 weeks now.  I started classes on Wednesday in Valparaíso at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.  So here’s some background information to let you know a little bit more about my situation: I am a graduate student, earning my Masters degree…

First Post from Chile!

Hi everyone! My name is Thompson Barr and I am a junior; I’m spending this semester in Valparaíso, Chile! I’m so excited to share my experiences abroad with y’all back at home, hope y’all enjoy it! I’ve been here in Chile for about 30 days now. Among orientation with my exchange organization, CIEE, meeting new…

Chile: Going Native

I’m a terrible blogger. Terrible. It’s been a month since I last blogged and I’ve had so many adventures. Last semester, when Chile was but a faraway thought in my mind, Croft made us all take a predeparture class. I don’t know what I was expecting “predeparture” to be, but it was about 4 hours…

Chile: Perspective

I’ve finished a month in Chile! Apart from being a significant milestone, this means that I’m already a fourth of the way done with my stay here. Not only can I take the bus without getting lost, but I finally know which routes go where. I can order food without people answering me in English….

Chile: Week Three

As of today, I’ve been in Chile for about two weeks. Though in the grand scheme of things (and in the grand scheme of my trip) two weeks isn’t a long time, it has felt like months because of how much I’ve accomplished so far. When I landed in Chile, I hadn’t spoken Spanish in…

Chile: Llegué!

And so begins one of the most hackneyed subjects for a travel blog – homesickness and how I’m dealing with it. Homesick? you might ask. But Shru, you’ve only been there for three days! Yes. I’m homesick. I have only been here three days, but it feels like a lifetime. The flight up here was…