Cerro Carbon

Altitude: 1, 344 meters; 4,410 feet Incline: 676 meters; 2,218 feet Time: 2-4 hours round trip Difficulty: normal (physical), normal (technical) Looking right over Santiago, Cerro Carbon was an ideal evening excursion. It is a relatively easy climb located very near Santiago, right off the highway. In total, it took us about an hour a half to the…

Presidential elections in Chile and a few things we could learn

Sunday, November 17 marked Chile’s presidential elections. Leading up to this day, it was interesting for me to note the differences from our process. Election Campaigns  1. No commercial advertising. The substance-lacking, exhaustive commercials we see every day for months on end don’t exist here. I’d love to see this in The States, especially since our commercials…

Education. Empathy. Equality. Responsibility. Ideas. The power to change the world.

Education. Empathy. Equality. Responsibility. Ideas. …. Can Change the World. Santiago is filled with universities, and, as enrollment opens in January, right now they are all fighting for the best and the brightest.  While most are screaming the same story, (boring little thought bubbles with available majors floating around, overused messages of “the studies you need…

Santiago Street Art

The streets of Santiago hold a collection of some of the most amazing street art imaginable. And, the city of Santiago has embraced this creativity to the maximum. While tagging and ill-focused efforts are discouraged, the eyes and skills of extremely talented artists from all over Santiago, Chile, and South America are welcomed with eager…

Starbucks Tastes Like Home

Before I left I joked “c’mon, I’m just moving to Bay View!” Moving my life 5,000 miles away felt like no big deal. Now, two months later,  with facebook, skype, and email, it actually does feel like I’ve done nothing but become a Southsider. Thanks to technology, I’ve gotten all adjusted in my new life…

The [option] of healthy living

Moving back here, I was looking forward to coming back to a place where eating healthy wasn’t so hard. There’s a general lack of processed foods, an abundance of fruits and veggies, fresh bread… it’s pretty easy to stay healthy. Coming back here, I was barraged with the westernization that has crept its way into…