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Globalization:  What most surprised me about Chile was the abundant representation of globalization and the presence of numerous North American companies including: Walmart (Lider), Starbucks, MacDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, Nestle, I mean even Chuck E. Cheese’s is in Chile… I could go on. In fact, I think Nestle is more popular in Chile than in North America – Nestle sells a product for just about everything here!  Another surprise was that the majority of movies were played in English here, the exception being cartoon films. It really surprised me because the…

My Two Host Moms at the end of the semester CEA Diner  I have TWO Chilean Moms… Why? Well because everyone marches to the beat of their own drum and I wasn’t exactly happy with my first homestay situation. While I did love my family, I just didn’t feel at home and I wasn’t happy. So with a heavy heart, a lot of guilt, some tears, and a little bit of sorrow I moved host families and couldn’t have been more happier with the decision! After living on my own for my…

Football  The south was forever changed because a man named Herty persuaded some students at Auburn University to try a game he had seen in the East. Not too long after this, the start of the South’s oldest football rivalry was born, Auburn vs. Georgia. Football turns  the south into a collection of overly competitive states whose fans have great pride in their teams. Autumn Saturdays become reserved for trash-talking and earning bragging rights, as 22 men toss themselves at each other on turf fields in Oxford, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, and many more! Football, especially Texas…

The Atacama is known as the driest place on Earth. There are some large stretches of land where rain has never been recorded (for at least for as long as is has been measured by humans). Fun Fact: around a decade ago, because of the lack of rain and water shortages, the people of this small northern town began to gather water using a system of nets that catch the fog as it rolls over the mountains. The Atacama was also a huge setting for border disputes in the 19th…

1. Adaptability:  After purchasing a Chilean Starbucks coffee tumbler, I arrived home and noticed a small crack near the bottom. I was a little upset and decided to go exchange it for a new one. The next day I explained what had happened to the sales associate and she refused to let me exchange it or return it for a non-defective one. So there I was, in a Chilean Starbucks astounded at what was happening. A company whose mission statement is centered around the customer is refusing to let…

1. Spend a weekend in Santiago Santiago is the capital of Chile, a hustling and bustling city filled with a collection of diverse people from all around the world. In my opinion, a weekend visit to the capital of any country is a must! Santiago is a huge city with a lot to offer from free museums to a vibrant night life, it has a little something for everyone. Navigating Santiago can slightly overwhelming but if you follow the link it will tell you just about everything to do…

45.4 kilos… 100 pounds a suitcase; duffel bag; backpack & carry-on. 1. SPACE SAVER BAGS ARE DANGEROUS The countdown on my clock reminded me it was FINALLY August 2nd! Time to grab my suitcase, have one last brunch with my family, and then head to the DFW Airport. I had been so happy that I was able to fit 4 months of my life into one suitcase, however, this feeling quickly faded when the gentlemen helping me grab my bags from the car muttered, “OH, you’re going to be…

Meet Danielle: A Texas A&M senior who’s just trying to keep  everything together until graduation Nothing makes my heart happier than Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football!  Howdy!  I’m Danielle and I’m currently a senior psychology major at Texas A&M University. Meet Daniella: A gringo living, loving, and learning  in Viña Del Mar, Chile for a semester Los Andes: No Words Needed ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Daniella y estudio español en la universidad de Viña Del Mar.  Two Different Names,Same Person: It’s strange because the way I identify with myself and…