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Santiago, Chile

We just got back from our night out here at Santiago and have officially wrapped up our second day of the trip. It goes without saying that it has been quite the phenomenal experience. Dinner tonight was provided by the Austral group, the people who are guiding us in our journey. It was phenomenal to say the least, I was able to indulge in a Chicken filled crepe, a lasgna, and some apple pie.

Today was so wonderful. We were able to venture to the top of The San Cristobal hill, the highest peak in Santiago. We actually hiked the hill instead of taking the Gondola, so when we reached the top it was quite the feeling of accomplishment. We meant to take the Gondola, but the language barrier proved to much to handle because "ascensor vertical" apparently translated to really steep dirt trail.

Regardless being at the top of the hill was in the top five coolest experiences in my life. There is a giant statue of the Virgin Mary cresting the top of the hill, literally 3 times higher than the tallest skyscraper in the city. It was amazing. It was much more spiritually overwhelming than I had anticipated. I feel like I will never be closer to god than when I was on top of the hill. It was awesome.

As is to be expected the nightlife here has been great thus far, and it is a great deal of fun being in a beautiful foreign place with 20 of my best friends. Check out the pictures!


permalink written by  tjshepherd on May 11, 2010 from Santiago, Chile
from the travel blog: Neeley Fellows Trip to Chile
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