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Pomaire: Clay, Horses, and Pottery

by Stephane Alexandre / Feb 18, 2017 /
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Pomaire is a small town west of Santiago that specializes in clay and pottery. It is one of the smallest towns we visited in Santiago, but it is packed with great sights to see and things to do! We arrived early in Pomaire after about an hour drive outside of the city. I looked around at the deep burgundy red dirt and immediately understood why the town was famous for its impressive clay and pottery. I grew up in a countryside town, so I felt right at home.

Traveling on an Extremely Tight Budget with a Group

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Travelling is always more fun with a group of friends. You have more people to share the amazing experience with and get support to ensure things go smoothly. But travelling with your friends can sometimes add to the costs, especially when you’re with more than just three people. So, how to keep the costs down when you’re already on a tight student budget? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

The Right Hostel Makes A Difference

by Stephane Alexandre / Feb 03, 2017 /
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A few months ago, my friends and I went to Uruguay - and we had a blast! I have stayed in my fair share of hostels over the years, but the excitement of traveling always gets to me and I always forget these crucial steps when picking out and staying in a hostel or an airbnb.

Disclaimer: I vehemently prefer airbnbs

The Right Hostel Makes A Difference

 

Chiloe!

by Stephane Alexandre / Jan 27, 2017 /
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Visiting Muelle de Las Armas, Chiloé

El Camino Grey, Torres del Paine

by Stephane Alexandre / Jan 20, 2017 /
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Our wonderful tour of Patagonia sites continues with the Lago Grey Path. Our van pulled up to the beginning of the path almost an hour after lunch, and we carried our sluggish bodies out of the van. This was one of the last stops of the tour and we had already been dumbfounded by the wildlife and wide landscape that we have seen along the way. 

"One hour and 20 minutes" reminded our guide.

¡Viva Chile!

by Stephane Alexandre / Jan 14, 2017 /
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Chile turned 206 years old on September 18th! Experiencing the 18th in Chile was an insightful experience of the country's culture, history, and politics. It was a glorious day filled with intoxicating smells of BBQs, Chilean kites flying high in the sky, and everyone laughing and dancing with their loved ones. Looking back, here are some great ways I was able to enjoy such a historic day of a country that I’ve come to call my own.

Paying For Study Abroad Trips While in College

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College is an exciting time for anyone lucky enough to take part in it. But it is expensive. Whether it's campus housing, books, general tuition, dining options, or any of a dozen other college expenses, these things add up. These expenses pile up at a time when young people are least able to pay for them.

Study Abroad Tips: Don’t Forget to Write Home

by Heather Robinette / Jan 09, 2017 /
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With technology, communicating is a lot easier than it used to be while traveling. Now during the times you are abroad, you can not only communicate with your family and friends back home, but you can use programs like Skype and Facetime to see them, as well. Although it may not be the main method of communication, sending postcards and written letters from around the world can be something you keep and look back on to remember your time abroad. I did this while studying abroad in London, and am grateful for the experience.

Thoughts On Returning from Studying Abroad: Boston, You’re My Home

by Stephane Alexandre / Jan 07, 2017 /
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I left the hot 98 degree Santiago air to land in a snowstorm in Boston. After a 15-hour journey, the freezing air slapped me in the face as the automatic doors opened to let me out. Disorientated and dehydrated, I bumped into a man on my way out of the plane. “I’m so sorry. I am sorry,” I cried out.

“It’s ok,” he snarled back. Ahh, yes, the frigid air irritating my skin, the cold remarks of strangers refusing to make eye contact, and the monitor announcing flights every few minutes. Logan Airport, we meet again. 

Mate Tea, Dialects, and Free Walking in a Modern City

by Stephane Alexandre / Dec 30, 2016 /
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Montevideo took my breath away. Even before we landed, I knew I would fall in love with Uruguay. A small country located at the bottom of Argentina, Uruguay is cornered by the breathtaking Cordillera mountain range on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the right. Flying over the Cordillera was simultaneously exhilarating and petrifying. Luckily, I got a window seat and got a great view of the curvy mountains frosted with a touch of snow. We HAD to keep our seat belts buckled when flying over the mountains because of turbulence.

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