Lucy Perkins rss Santiago, Fall 2009

Lucy is a junior at Tufts University participating in the IES Santiago fall program. She is a Political Science and Spanish double major who is also studying Arabic. She has a passion for conflict resolution as well as for politics, having spent time interning on campaigns as well as in the United States Senate. She is particularly interested in Chile's tumultuous past and transition to a democratic state, and hopes to explore this topic further while living there.

Lucy's Posts

  • Pucha, ya know?

    I wrote my first post in an airport, so it’s fitting to write my last in one as well. I arrived in Miami at 4:30 this morning only to find that a huge snowstorm has hit the East Coast and many flights have been canceled, including my 7am to D.C. Theoretically, I am going to [...]

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  • Waterfall Expedition

    The program is winding down now and everyone is trying to squeeze in their last few hurrahs regarding travel and socializing. I went hiking in Cajon del Maipo and came upon two cascadas (or waterfalls).

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  • The Food Post

    Generally speaking, food in Chile isn’t that different from in the U.S.

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  • Beach weekend

    A bunch of the girls in our group (plus two from other programs) got together to plan a weekend at the beach. We found an American who owns a condo in the Marbella resort and rents it out. Marbella is in the small coastal town of Maitencillo, a little north of Viña and Valparaiso.

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  • In the Valle

    Most students have been traveling about the country and region on their own, but a few weekends ago, IES took us on an optional field trip to La Serena in the north. Above, the President of Argentina came to visit and her plane was visible from the airport window as we waited for our flight.

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  • The Santiago Weekend

    I thought I would do a post on the events of last weekend.

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  • The Driest Place on Earth

    Over Columbus Day Weekend about half of the IES Santiago group trekked up North to San Pedro de Atacama. The Chilean desert is the driest place on the planet (yes, it beats the Sahara) and so scientists flock here to do moon landing drills and the like.

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  • Pottery in Pomaire

    One of the Universities in Santiago at which we have been taking classes has an outreach program for international students. They regularly organize activities, one of which was a day trip to Pomaire, a town about an hour from Santiago.

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  • The Virgin and the Slums

    The summit provides magnificent views of the city and the Andes from various angles, and of course, the layer of smog that is ever-present.

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  • Money Factory Turned Palace

    ES took us to La Moneda, the presidential palace in downtown Santiago. Kin Carlos III of Spain ordered it built in 1784 as a money factory.

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  • Skiing in September

    A weekend skiing trip in the Andes for several IES Abroad students.

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  • Torture in the City

    President Michelle Bachelet was herself tortured during the Pinochet dictatorship before living in exile in Germany. There remain families that are still grieving and searching for missing relatives, the “desaparecidos,” who vanished in the 1970s. Today there are organizations, such as the one below, dedicated to working with these families.

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  • Classes and Sopaipilla

    I was pleasantly surprised to discover that University classes here are much the same as back in the States. On my first day, the professor opened with a joke about his class being the most important one in the department, and I exhaled a week’s worth of anticipation.

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  • It’s the Little Things

    We’ve been here for one week now and our group has bonded immensely. There are 28 IES students in all, and we have established a great dynamic over the last 7 days. The students are all eager to listen to each other’s stories of getting to know our host families and city.

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  • The Layover

    Once I get to Santiago, I’ll be charged with hauling each 50.5 pound bag from the airport to my family’s apartment in Providencia. I’m going to enjoy my two small carryons while I can.

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