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A short video on all the different options for getting around in Chile. Nate Sweasey is the Spring 2015 CEA MOJO Blogger in Vina del Mar, Chile. He is currently a Junior at University of San Diego.

I have made a number of mistakes in the past four months, and it’s not as if I’ve brushed each one off as a learning experience. It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re speaking a new language, in a country you’ve never been to before, travelling alone for the first time, or even when you’re doing something you’ve done millions of times before. But at the time, when you realize that your plan didn’t go the way it was supposed to, it sucks and it’s scary. I’ve cussed…

Being the international students at a school, there’s the expectation that we have the most fun. We do trips almost every weekend, and are together most of the time. While other students are stressing over their tests most of us are planning trips south to Patagonia, east to Argentina, or north to Peru. However, I don’t want to speak for everyone, some international students are studying just as hard as the local Chilean students here, just not me.   It may be that after a couple months out…

A 6 day excursion doing the “W” hike in Torres del Paine. Nate Sweasey is the Spring 2015 CEA MOJO Blogger in Vina del Mar, Chile. He is currently a Junior at University of San Diego.

Learning a language by “immersion” is supposedly one of the most effective methods, but that doesn’t mean that it falls into your lap. There’s a certain amount of work required to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your immersion experience. In my time here in Chile, I’ve learned a lot of Spanish and I’ve also learned a lot about language in general. The language barriers I’ve faced have been varied, some have been discouraging, but I would argue that most of them have improved my Spanish…

Originally when I imagined studying in Chile, I had a certain image of what my life would be like. I noticed that CEA only had five other students going to Vina del Mar with me and assumed that was the extent of the international students that would be studying at UVM. This was fine with me though, because I planned on being gone most of the weekends on solo camping trips to the south to surf and explore. I hoped to make friends with some of the local…

A short video documenting some of the typical days studying abroad in Vina del Mar. Nate Sweasey is the Spring 2015 CEA MOJO Blogger in Vina del Mar, Chile. He is currently a Junior at University of San Diego.

Study Abroad, Studying Abroad, Study Abroad in Vina del Mar

It’s natural when you arrive at your new destination, wherever that may be, that you’re going to want to get settled and feel like you’re back at home. Essentially, you’ve just left everything you know and it’s a very vulnerable position. This is a natural instinct when you arrive in a new country, especially considering that you’re going to be living there for the next 5 months. It’s easy to get overwhelmed that first week. Everything seems unfamiliar, and at first the simplest chores can take hours. However,…

There is a saying in Chile, “da lo mismo,” which translates to  “don’t worry about it,” sort of like hakuna matada. It is a popular phrase used by Chileans throughout their daily lives. Da Lo mismo describes the Chilean way perfectly. This phrase has been a coping mechanism for Chileans to deal with their circumstances. Chileans believe that if they take their lives too seriously, they will be miserable. So they joke about everything in order to enjoy their lives to fullest and be happy. For a guy…