Santiago de Chile

As beautiful of a city it is and as much as I love speaking Spanish, the transition to living in Santiago de Chile has been rough for me.  I went from volunteering on a farm in rural Bolivia - to living and navigating a city of 7 million people in Chile, a country with an average income triple that of Bolivia.  Taking the Metro, navigating the bus system, and just being immersed in the energy of 7 million human beings has been like constantly leaning on the accelerator pedal: feeling constantly drained.  After a month it's definitely getting better, thanks to wonderful friends, host family, and my parents taking my calls with their never-ending patience and love. Here's to becoming a big city fish sooner than later...

 film. taken from Santa Lucia hill in the middle of the city.  beautiful. 

film. taken from Santa Lucia hill in the middle of the city.  beautiful. 

 I live with my chilean host family in one of many apartment buildings with a large central park area where families and groups of school kids gather to talk 

I live with my chilean host family in one of many apartment buildings with a large central park area where families and groups of school kids gather to talk 

 Skyline of Santiago's business district, affectionately known as "Sanhatten"

Skyline of Santiago's business district, affectionately known as "Sanhatten"

 Flowers Outside the Bellas Artes metro stop // nature and concrete

Flowers Outside the Bellas Artes metro stop // nature and concrete

 Manquehue metro stop // steel and light

Manquehue metro stop // steel and light

 Gustock music festival raising money for the public park // good music and even better veggie pesto ravioli  

Gustock music festival raising money for the public park // good music and even better veggie pesto ravioli  

 Camila Moreno performs at Gustock music festival // love the sparkly blue dress

Camila Moreno performs at Gustock music festival // love the sparkly blue dress

 "Bienvenidos!  El museo ahora es gratis" (Welcome! The museum is now free) did not apply to the dog who followed us in. He was not welcomed by the museum staff :(

"Bienvenidos!  El museo ahora es gratis" (Welcome! The museum is now free) did not apply to the dog who followed us in. He was not welcomed by the museum staff :(

 NuNu's derp face // no animals were harmed in the taking of this photo

NuNu's derp face // no animals were harmed in the taking of this photo

 Fruit from the Vega market, known for its cheap, fresh produce. I bought a kilo of strawberries for less than 2 dollars and a small box of huge juicy blackberries for the same amount // nomnom 

Fruit from the Vega market, known for its cheap, fresh produce. I bought a kilo of strawberries for less than 2 dollars and a small box of huge juicy blackberries for the same amount // nomnom 

 Shadow of a palm tree on the concrete in Parque Uruguay  

Shadow of a palm tree on the concrete in Parque Uruguay  

 Buildings in the older sector of Santiago

Buildings in the older sector of Santiago

More photos to come...semester ends in July.

 film. Sunset from a friend's balcony.  

film. Sunset from a friend's balcony.  

From high vantage points it's apparent that the city goes on and on, in layers of buildings and cranes that get blurrier as the distance increases, due to the smog.