These 30 things apply mostly to foreigners in Chile. More specifically, exchange or study abroad students in Chile. I have only been studying here in Santiago for a little while but I can tell you right now that if you’ve ever studied in Chile or if you’ve ever traveled extensively in Chile then you will probably be able to relate to this. Psssttt If you are an exchange student in Chile or did a semester abroad there before, and think I missed something, be sure to let me know in the comments!
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Plus you have to read a Spanish novel for the class. This happened to me anyway.
The good carretes don’t really even start before 1am anyway.
Need I say more?
Sin gas, por favor, sin gas. I was so not prepared for all the sparkling water in this place.
Whether you want to go skiing or hiking or swimming, you will either end up horse-back riding, at the wrong mountain, or at a cinema instead. Either that or you keep getting lost or all your friends are always late. Or you’re always late.
Seriously, a decent bottle of wine here is about $2.00 USD.
There is no torture quite like taking the metro at rush hour.
You’re sweating profusely yet every Chilean you come across is wearing a jacket and long pants. Not to mention they look at you like you have a third arm.
This handy piece of slang can be used just like how Canadians use the word ‘eh’. Basically whenever the hell you want to say it. Po.
That is, at least if you’re living in Santiago.
DDFTW (Drip Drying For The Win).
Or he/she just doesn’t show up.
Oh I have to go all the way across campus? Today must be my lucky day.
Heaven help you if you have a gluten allergy and you’re living here in Chile.
Mainly because everyone smokes and that smog is killer.
You actually depend on them a lot for sanity and directions.
And others still you wake up thinking “Oh my gosh, I’m all the way in Chile! This is so cool and magical and ahhh life is awesome!”
Even if it’s a 6.6 on the Richter scale like this one that I experienced while there.
Seriously, you can never be too hydrated. Oh, and that disgusting sounding English word “moist” actually starts to sound wonderful.
You miss your family and friends but instead of going back home, you would much rather have them come here. Let’s face it, studying abroad in Chile is the best decision you’ve ever made.
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies for Sustainable Travel. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.
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