So I just got back from Santiago, Chile. It was the experience of a lifetime. I hopped on the metro and the micro as they are called there and just got lost in the city. It is a beautiful center of commerce and suburbs and historical landmarks all inter meshed. I got to go to Pomaire, a common pueblito an hour south of Santiago, that was full of shops that sold “greda” which is handmade and painted pottery, and ate an empanada that weighed over a pound. I walked through Patronato, a section of town with a Chinatown type culture and shops as far as the eye can see. I went through the Cerro San Cristobal and saw the statue of the virgin and looked down upon all the sections of the city, Recoleta, Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia, and El Centro. I went to Viña del Mar, a beach town two hours outside of the city and ate fresh seafood and fish caught right of the side of the restaurant in La Gatita. But most importantly of all I spent time with family, and its something I’ve learned to appreciate so much more than I ever had before. I came back from an adventure that will surely define me for a lifetime. I stop and appreciate all of the things I see, all of the people I love, and remind myself how lucky I am to get to immerse myself in all of the culture the world has to offer. I can’t wait for my next adventure out of the States, but I also can’t wait to see the beautiful streets of Chile again.