Blogs from O Higgins, Chile, South America - page 4


South America » Chile » O Higgins » Pichilemu January 11th 2010

So yet another week has flown by down here in Chile. I am still very much enjoying the weather, the sun always shines here. I have continued to make new friends and check out the city. With a four hour language class every morning and a 3 hour MBA class 3 evenings a week, I am very glad I chose to drop my other MBA class. This last week was pretty exhausting, but I really learned a lot! My Spanish is improving quickly, I am getting around just fine now with the language. I absolutely love my Negotiations class through the MBA program. My professor is from South Africa and seems very knowledgeable and is quite entertaining, making our 3 hour classes go by quickly. I also enjoy the fact that for the exchange students this ... read more
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South America » Chile » O Higgins » Pichilemu December 30th 2009

tout d'abord la Cueca vidéo parce que pour ceux qui ne l'ont pas vu..ben c'est a voir ..ok c'est pas de bonne qualité..mais on fait ceux qu'on peut°° Ensuite Pichilemu ce fameux w end ou l'on est sorti de Santiago pour aller à l'océan..grace à José et a sa famille le samedi Man et sa copine sont allé se balader, et je suis allé avec cédric voir les vagues et l'accompagner jusqu'ou il a gouté ses premières Vagues pichilemienne pour 2009, j'en ai profité pour me mettre au jus niveau caméra vidéo et tenter mes premier filmages :s En rentrant on a fait une tentative de choper des crabes sur la plage en face de la maison, on s'est surtout pelé on a repéré aucun crabes.;mais on a bien mértité notre petite bière jiji Au ... read more
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Las Salinas!!
CachAï et le petit mOnsiEur sympa

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Pichilemu December 13th 2009

I got up early on Wednesday because I wanted to run before we left but I didn´t have time :( Christina´s host dad picked me up and took us to the bus station. We left for San Fernando at 10:40am from Concepcion. We knew we could take a bus from San Fernando or Rancagua to Pichilemu but that´s about all we knew. It took about 5 hours to get to San Fernando by bus. We hoped the bus would drop us off at a terminal but no such luck. We were literally dropped off by the side of the road. They told us that the bus station wasn´t too far and they told us where to walk so off we went. It was SO very HOT outside and walking was not fun. We were all over ... read more
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South America » Chile » O Higgins November 15th 2009

After my trip to Cipreses,, the world was my oyster! Cote and I were instant friends, and quickly we set to work on our next trip to the fabled valley of Pangal. While we were in Cipreses, Cote described the difference between the glacial valleys of Cipreses and Pangal. "Cipreses is long, very wide and the cerros are very tall. Is intimate, Is steep and dramatic. Pangal is closer to Rancagua and shoots up very fast, Is my land!" From Rancagua to the verdant glacial valley of Pangal, the journey is just 50 km long... Pangal is rich in copper and used for hydroelectricity, owned by Codelco, the state mining company. Pangal isn't developed and there's a de facto wilderness in the higher altitudes, restricted to pack animals and climbers...although it wouldn't be uncommon to see ... read more
Valle Pangal
Magellenic Clouds, camp
Sombrero Chileno

South America » Chile » O Higgins November 1st 2009

I waited 3 years to see the magical conifer forests of Central Chile. My guide Cote arranged 4 Days on Horseback with Don Angel and his niece Lucilla. A true Huaso, he even makes his own ropes and saddles. One saddle was made of alternating layers of burlap, wool and Guanaco skin! We rode deep into the heart of the Mediterranean High Andes where giant Quisco cactus give way to groves of Austrocedrus chilensis- Southern Cedars found only in Chile. After the archaic Araucaria and coastal giant Alerce, the Ciprés de la Cordillera (Austrocedrus chilensis) is Chile's 3rd most famous conifer. Some trees can be more than a 1000 years old!The HorseThe horse is so many things- a mythical giant, a beast of burden, a friend. To be honest I thought I had experience with horses, ... read more
Austrocedrus Chilensis
A contorted Ciprés de la Cordillera

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua October 20th 2009

I know that I just wrote yesterday, but I had some thoughts that I needed to share. I don't think I have ever really explained the phenomenon that is the Chilean colectivo. Literally translated it means collective. Physically it is a seemingly innocuous black sedan, of any make, with yellow license plates and a sign on the top telling you where it goes. Colectivos have set routes, their drivers looping through the city and its outskirts all day, every day. I take a colectivo to and from school every day. One perk of living in the suburbs is that my colectivo's pass by my house all the time, I rarely have to wait more than a minute for one, and only have to walk a block to catch them. Costing only 450 pesos, about $1 a ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua October 18th 2009

So when we first arrived in Chile, way back in May, we arrived amidst a massive, country-wide teacher strike. The day that we were shipped off to our host familys, June 6th, was the day that the teachers reached a compromise with the Chilean government, thus ending the strike, just in time for us to start teaching on Monday. After three weeks of no school, my students were reluctant to say the least, to return. But return they did, helping me to start my six months here with a bang. Although I have asked my host mom many times why they were striking, Im pretty sure things are lost in translation. It has something to do with a promise that the government would pay all the teachers a bonus, years ago, and they still have not ... read more
las violetas
so yummy.

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua September 24th 2009

Coming at you once again from the wonderful Sixth Region of Chile, from the city of Rancagua, I welcome you back to my blog. It's been about a month since I last wrote, but in my defense, the internet here is very hard to both predict and control. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Time continues to speed by, another month gone, the realization leaving a bittersweet aftertaste in my mouth. A mixture of sadness and excitement, in that I have come to love both my students and my host family here. Leaving will be very hard, but I am looking forward to that next step, whatever it may be. That is still in the hazy future, and I refuse to look too closely at it just yet. I also find myself ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins September 3rd 2009

My wife and I are planning our annual trip to Chile. We will be leaving Jan 5 and staying to Feb sometime, we will be staying in Curico for the most part of the trip. We have planned to visit the beach for about a week, we dont know if we are going to stay in Pichilemu like many times before or go to Illoca where my wife has a cousin who owns a beach house. Either way I cant wait I love chile... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua August 25th 2009

Holy crap. Three months down. Three to go. Time has literally flown by, leaving me to wonder how I have spent the past three months. It's safe to say that I have been busy, although I am hard pressed to tell you exactly how. Since I last wrote, we have traveled some more, learning more and more about this incredible country I have come to call home. Two weeks ago I went to Valparaiso with Kate, Cami, and Teather, one of the new four month volunteers. She is living in a town about an hour south of Rancagua, called San Fernando. So we all went to Valpo for the weekend, despite the fact that it was pouring down rain all throughout the middle of Chile. Valpo is amazing. It reminded me a lot of San Francisco, ... read more

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