A little more than half way through my time here in Santiago, Chile and I’ve been feeling a much needed blog post. This city reminds me of New York City, the number of people on foot in all areas at all times, the diversity of foods, the smog in the air. The thing that has set aside this place is the beautiful mountains that are hidden behind the haze. I think it’s a good representation of what this city is like. The clarity hidden gets cleared up after a nice rainfall. Unlike New York City though, people here are much more patient. Despite the language barrier, people will make an effort to repeat themselves and perform different body languages in order to get their messages across. When it proves too difficult though, they forget about it because it’s not worth the extra confusion.
The many different neighborhoods in Santiago is where it has really made me fall in love. The simultaneous realities that one city contains has make Santiago very unique. Barrio Italia, Bellavista, the City Center, Las Condes, Providencia, Patronado – to name a few, are all known for their unique decorations, selling of goods, really run down or really built up feels. Like in many urban cities, the inequalities persist and is tucked away in the outer regions. This is what has hit me the most. As a visitor for a few months, it has made me realized that I’ve been blinded by the city’s facade of wealth while those that exist behind this facade are never to be acknowledged. But this, this is still part of the city’s culture and charm. It’s like their history that is to be forgotten. Rather than be forgotten, I feel the embrace of it would really help any city fully achieve its culture and beauty.
My visits to Valparaiso, then Cajon del Maipo, then Vina del Mar in this last month has really been diversified by not just the location, but the weather. While Santiago reminds me of New York City, the ability and ease to see the mountains and then the beach really reminds of southern California. Chile is such a massive country with massive roots and an array of things to see and do. It’s been nice to be able to see all of these with my own eyes. While I purchased a camera in hopes of capturing the beauty for memories later, I realized it has never been successful in capturing what I see. This is why I feel so fortunate to be able to capture these images through my own eyes and have them developed into memories in my brain.
Here are just some photos that I’d like to share.
This experience of interning/working in a different city has really made me experience a new place in a different way than I’ve ever had. Though the internshipFor the remaining few weeks in Chile, I’d like to eat more food and see more things. It’s been so nice to be here and though I may not feel it yet, I definitely think I will miss this city and have made plans on returning. Thank you for the hospitality so far.