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Emily Beneroff – PUCV

United States, 2015, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Emily Beneroff, geography exchange student from USA (Middlebury College), tells us why she chose Chile and what has her experience been during this first month.

“I arrived in Chile on February 21 to join the PUCV’s School of Geography, and I chose Valparaiso because I wanted to live in a small city and surrounded by nature. When I saw pictures of the city and spoke with other students who studied here, I was sure that Valparaíso and Chile would be my perfect destination.

After almost two months in the country, Emily says that Chile “is more relaxed than my country, and Chileans seem very happy; nobody seems to be in a rush, and geography is very diverse. I love it”. Emily’s parents came to visit Chile during Easter and they also were impressed with the friendliness of Chileans and the diversity of its landscapes. Do you want to know what places they visited?

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Emily and her parents began their travel visiting Santiago, capital of Chile, and although they could not see the Andes Mountains because the day was cloudy, they loved the quiet atmosphere of the city and its clean streets. Their favorite spot? Plaza de Armas and the historic buildings around it.

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“Later we went to Chilean Patagonia and spent three days in Torres del Paine National Park, where we visited the glaciers and Lago Grey. The landscape seemed like taken from a movie and neither the snow nor the rain and strong wind stopped our vacation. Later, we continued our trip through Puerto Varas, Frutillar and the lakes zone, where the weather was kinder and we could enjoy the hot springs”.

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In this photo, Emily is with her parents in the city of Puerto Varas. In the background, the imposing Osorno volcano.

Emily and her family ended their trip in the port city of Valparaiso, in order to know the destination her daughter had chosen. Like her, they weren´t disappointed. “My parents are fascinated with its colorful hills, mainly those of Cerro Concepción.”

Bonus track: What are your favorite Chilean slangs?

Emily, told us that “Bakán”, “te tinca”, “Cachay” and “Po” are her favorite and most used. What about yours?