It’s a little odd to think that a year ago, I lived in various places of a different continent and had the ability to travel as I desired to (the perks of living in a city). Wanderlust has been on my mind as of lately, and more specifically, the memories of traveling through South America and exploring the various terrains of the Andes and the Galapagos. I miss the freedom that being abroad offered, as well as the exciting adventures that every day offered. It’s difficult to get the same degree of adventure while being confined to a college campus and chained to my books (and the bio lab… can’t forget that one).
In my state of reminiscing, I decided it would be nice to express my appreciation for the opportunities that studying abroad gave me. I have been very fortunate to have the adventures that I’ve had, and to have grown from them. Cheers to SoCo!
This is the last pic I took at Carnaval, ending on the Pope's globe. It just happens to conveniently capture North and South America (emphasis on South America). SA does holidays probably about 10,000,000 times better than the U.S. does (and ever could). ✌️Love you Argentina! #Gualeguaychú #carnaval #sofly #SouthAmerica #DeacsAbroad
Three weeks in the magical city of Buenos Aires have most definitely not been enough, and I'm pretty sad to leave when I haven't been able to see as much of the city as I wanted to. Hopefully there will be more visits in the future, and more pictures with the majestic owl-lizard of San Telmo. Love you Buenos Airea! #santelmo #graffiti #BuenosAires #DeacsAbroad 🐨
9,022 feet into the sky, 22 kilometers of a hike round trip (plus 3 extra for funsies), and you've got yourself a hell of a weekend. From Cerro Provincia, you can see the Andes in one direction, and Santiago in the other. Despite the amount of pain and energy it required, there are no regrets here. #DeacsAbroad #santiago #hiking #chile
Meet the mountain caracara — a personable bird. We met this intellectual probably a good 7,000 feet up Cerro Provincia today. He (or she) was a highly curious creature and interrupted our lunch to see what we were eating (and mooch a little). Not pictured is his mate, friend, companion or whatever the other bird was, who joined us minutes after this was taken. Later, while hiking down the mountain at a location more near to the top, we saw the pair together again. It was an awesome factor in our hike that made it a cool experience! #birdnerd #CerroProvincia #hikingadventures #Chile 🐥🌄
🌎🌲🗻Nothing screams Earth Day like Cajon del Maipo of Chile, especially because of the natural geographic beauty and incredibly important ecosystem that it contains. Unfortunately, the habitats of this region are under the threat of possibly being demolished by a new hydroelectric project known as Alto Maipo. As important as it is for Chile to have energy, it's also important to preserve the wildlife that depends on the natural resources of the region. There are less invasive ways that Chileans could obtain energy if perhaps other countries were able to give them a little assistance, as Chile's economy is still developing (solar energy for example would be ideal since rain is almost nonexistent). Just because one can do something doesn't mean that they should; just because Chileans can create a hydroelectric system doesn't mean that they should. Here's to hoping for the Alto Maipo project leaders to reconsider the ultimate decisions regarding this project. It would be really terrible to see such a beautiful place full of amazing creatures to be destroyed. #NoAltoMaipo #EarthDay #GreenLove #Chile #CajondelMaipo
In the midst of the jungle, soaked to the bone from rain and surrounded solely by the forest with no human counterparts, I found those emotions of incredible amazement and happiness that I lost before going abroad after a terrible incident that has become so irrelevant to living, yet has shaped me to be the person I am this very moment. After spending so much time alone and surrounded by the beauty of the temperate rainforest in Pucón, I feel changed, and more alive than I've felt in such a long time; I feel happy. "The very basic core of man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." — Chris McCandless 🌲🌎🌋 #revelations #Huerquehue #Pucón #nature #IntoTheWild