I'll try to keep the posts short on words and heavy on pictures so you can quickly get a feel for what I'm up to! I'll be spending most of the semester in Santiago, Chile but I'll let you know when I check out other cool places!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Oops! I didn't tell you about the MOUNTAINS!
So this happened a long time ago but I needed to use a friend's photos (all photo credit to Leah)... so temporally place it before my post on the Streets of Santiago... Desperate to get out of the city air, my friends and I jumped into a blue bus and headed for the Andes, specifically Cajon de Maipo!
At first the steep, windy mountain roads took us through villages and snow-less "ceros".
But eventually (after a bus ride an hour longer than expected) we reached the real stuff! After being greeted by the police of Chile and signing in we were off
Colin, who likes to assume the role of protector among our friends, watched nervously as I joyously leapt onto the narrow railing on the side of the road
But I was fine, and, as those of you who know me would expect... EBULLIENT to be in the mountains
Sarah, so happy she was on the verge of tears, gazed wistfully at the river below us
And so it was
We stopped here for lunch and played some frisbee. Leah and I managed to get some awkward photos
And we certainly made fools of ourselves as we walked along the road belting musicals and pop songs at the top of our lungs... "this love is difficult, but it's a RE-EAL!"
We decided we wanted to be closer to the river, so we made our way down a loose, steep, rocky slope... it was like being at home again :), I'm not sure if everyone else found this part so comforting
Julianne was a stoic badass as usual
And... I was still belting musicals
A group photo shoot was definitely in order
Jill is so tall she doesn't need to jump
Seriously, these people are the coolest: (from left to right: Leah, Sarah (who smiles even in serious photos), Jill, Julianne, Casey fell asleep, Cara, Colin, and myself)
Need I say more than this photo says on its own?
After the photo shoot we headed for the water
Where I obviously dunked my head immediately... it was FREEZING, and refreshing
We made this giant boulder our home and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon
We booked it back to the bus-stop (well, except to stop and take photos), 14 km in all that day, and back in time for an italian dinner with those who couldn't make it to the mountains!
Goodbye mountains... we'll meet again, I can't stay forever in the city!