Archive for Category: "chile"
Staring straight down a 100-foot waterfall, the mist clouding my eyes and my heart pounding to the sound of the water, I’m about to descend down on a thin rope. The phrase, “What did I get myself into?” repeats over and over in my head. Repelling down the cascading falls is the grand finale to my canyoning experience in the Rio Blanco
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wish someone would have told me about life as a female student in Chile before I came here to study for 6 months. Of course everyone warned me about the machismo ideals in Latin America, and fretted over my safety since I’m a ‘tiny, fragile, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl,’ but what good did that do in preparing me for the reality of what was to come?
Each morning when I greet my students at the classroom door, some give me besos on the cheek and others simply say, “Hello!” They quickly file in and take a seat and as I close the door to walk towards the front of the classroom they all stand up in unison and say: “Good morning, Miss Lauren!”
Due to ski racing, I have been lucky enough to travel all over the globe and I’m only 18. I have been to Chile 3 times, always flying in to Santiago and then making the 1 and a 1/2 hour trek up a turny, dirt road to a trifecta of ski areas, La Parva, El Colorado, and Valle Nevada