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Tenía el viaje a La Isla de Pascuas la semana pasada y solo puedo decir buenas cosas del viaje. La Isla es la más bonita y creo que en verdad es el lugar más lindo en el mundo que he estado. Muchas veces durante la semana, me encontré viendo lo que estaba alrededor a mi y pensando, “que suerte tengo para estar acá.” Nuestro viaje fue lleno de risas y bromas con mis compañeros intercambios. Estábamos webiando todo el tiempo y no nos dió una wea porque ya sabíamos que fue nuestro último viaje. Lo pasémos la raja sin nadie que nos retó.
Just got back into school after a long week of traveling with an awesome group of students who are like family now. I had one of my closest exchange student friends from Germany come to my house on Thursday to celebrate the day of the students at my school. Every school in Chile celebrates it, and then normally they have a party at night. I invited my exchange friend because he had already known my classmates and was planning to come to my house Friday anyway. We had a really good time at the party on Friday and then woke up on Friday to go to school, but we were still celebrating in school so it was just food and looking at pictures of the other students when they were younger. After the food, the school met in the gym to watch a pay from local artists, and everyone was entertained. We went to Santiago on Saturday, and Niklas (exchange friend) and I went to the mall to walk around. Niklas had never been to Santiago except for airports and bus terminals, so we walked around for awhile to get to know everything.
At 4 o’clock on Sunday my alarm rang to get up and get ready for the long day of traveling ahead. I dreaded sliding the covers back that day and stepping out into the nearly stinging air. I stood up quickly in order to put the drowsiness behind me and immediately went to prepare my bags for travel. I picked out an outfit to travel in and began my shower. I got out of the shower and got dressed to wake up my friend Niklas. I walked into my host brother’s room to wake up Niklas, who was still dozing off. I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Get up, it’s time to go shower so we can leave.” He replied, “Why?” I was confused at this response and thought it fit to remind him that we had our flight to Easter Island in only a few short hours, and we needed to meet up with the program at 5:30 to check in together. He was not amused with my sarcastic recollection of our schedule for the day and went on to tell me that it was still only 3:30. I had forgotten about the time-change, and my phone had not switched the hour by itself. I bathed in the moment of stupidity and told Niklas to go back to sleep then. At 4:30, when HIS alarm went off, he got up and showered and we got ready to go. My host mom woke up to say goodbye to us and asked if we needed anything and how we were getting to the terminal and everything. We said we were good to go with Uber and leaving shortly, so we said our goodbyes and walked to the elevators to go downstairs. We got outside (again it seemed the air was stinging the sting) and ordered the Uber. For about 5 minutes it said looking for a driver near you, even though on the map it showed Ubers moving all around us. I decided to cancel the Uber and try again, and this time it gave me the good ol’ “error try again later” message. I knew immediately that we would have to think quick to make it to the terminal on time considering it was already 5:15, and we were 15 minutes away with still no ride. I told Niklas to pick his stuff up and follow me, and we walked until a taxi cab rolled up. We asked him if he could take us to the terminal, and he said no problem so we were off. We endured a seemingly slow-motion 15 minute car ride exactly in-time to meet up with the other students.
Then we had a 5 hour plane ride which seemed to slow time as well after watching a two and a half hour long movie then falling asleep and waking up with a sore neck. But, we arrived at Easter Island finally, and right off the bat, it is breath-taking. The island by itself is naturally beautiful in color, and then the uniqueness and history of the island adds a mysterious hint to the island. Walking around and seeing the huge stone structures called moai and many other monuments is plain-and-simply awesome. Not awesome in the modern sense that we use the word, but awesome in the since that you will be stuck in wonder about the story of each of these structures. In about 2-3 days, we had seen almost the whole island with just traveling in the mornings and after lunch at 1, we just hung around the town and spent a lot of money on expensive things that could be bought cheaper on the internet, but are somehow way cooler on the island. After we had seen the whole island, the trip consisted of chilling at the beach and taking gnarly pictures with the sites in the background. It also contained a lot of goodbyes even though we all still had the whole weekend together in Temuco. We signed flags Thursday night and the travel agency gave us a small going away party.
The orientation in Temuco was quick and cold. Cold in the sense that everyone was freezing in the South of Chile after coming back from short weather on Easter Island for a week. But also cold in the fact that many students realized this would be the last weekend we would see everyone together. Rotary had their national conference on Saturday, and I had the honor to present the Exchange program as well as be the master of ceremony for our whole program.