Stargazing and more exploring
Amidst some of my many adventures in Chile was a trip to La Serena, Valle de Elqui. I went with one of my friends on the program by means of an outside travel agency that specializes in making sure extranjeros get to travel Chile in the easiest way possible. It was a long, long journey, we left on Friday evening and got back a late 2AM on Tuesday morning (no class Monday- nobody panic). The adventure was absolutely spectacular. One day, we went to a planetarium where we got to climb the roof and get a clear view of constellations such as Scorpio as well as the Milky Way. Another day, we went to a Pisco tour and a winery and learned about the processes of the liquids we had learned to love so much in Chilean asados. We even got to taste a little bit of unprocessed wine which had the aroma and flavor of nail polish. The best part about this weekend, however, was meeting so many different abroad students that weren’t from the U.S. My friend and I met one couple whose love story would envy Cinderella and another group of Brazilian/Portuguese/Mexican students living together who had some travel tips for us and an open invitation for previas.