Daranee Nasongkhla rss Santiago, Spring 2013

As a native New Yorker and a student at the University of North Carolina I'm psyched to journey even further south to Santiago, Chile for the semester. I'm a junior and a Global studies major hoping to improve my Spanish and meet a whole bunch of awesome people! Also, I'm a huge tea drinker, so I'm ready to experience Chilean maté!

Daranee's Posts

  • Home Bittersweet Home

    I’ve been home since Saturday morning and it is the definition of bitter sweet. When June started I felt like I didn’t want to leave. I feared I hadn’t done enough in Santiago, and I was jealous of some of my friends that were staying longer.

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  • Machu Picchu!

    Throughout the whole semester there had been the idea of going to Machu Picchu as a possible trip. It had been difficult to coordinate schedules as well as decent airfare, but in the beginning of June I bought tickets and made the trip final.

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  • Exploring Santiago (Better Late Than Never)

    Wow! I can’t believe my last days in Santiago have arrived so abruptly. This past week has been so hectic especially since I’ve tried to fit in as much as possible. I felt as though June came so quickly and I was hit with the fear that I hadn’t experienced enough in and around Santiago!

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    Chilenismos, ¿cachai?

    Chilenismos, ¿cachai?
    Recently a new wave of summer IES students arrived in Santiago for their summer program. My host family received a new student, so now there are two of us gringas in the house.

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  • ¡Buenos Aires!

    Buenos Aires!
    I came back from Buenos Aires last week, after being there for a week.

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  • Midterms and UChile classes

    As strange as it may be, these last two weeks were the middle two weeks of the semester. Meanwhile, all my friends back at Chapel Hill have already gotten started on their summers and seniors already have their graduation pictures posted.

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  • Internship, Oh Internship!

    I’ve been working with my internship for about a month now and I have learned so much!

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  • Mendoza, Mendoza

    Last week we decided it would be fun to take a trip with CAUC to Mendoza, Argentina for the weekend.

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  • Travel Plans and More…

    Saturday was my host mother’s birthday, so we had a small party in the house with family and close friends. It was really great to practice my Spanish with adults that aren’t in an academic setting. My host parents’ close friends are always curious about how I compare Chile with the United States, which actually forces me to analyze the similarities and differences that normally I wouldn’t notice.

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  • From Valpo to Patagonia…

    These first two weeks of April have absolutely flown by!

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  • Hangin’ with Chileans

    Obviously a huge part of studying abroad is learning the language, culture and immersing yourself in something completely new! The best part so far has been getting involved in different ways that foster interactions with Chileans.

  • One Month In…

    Monday the 25th marked exactly one month that I’ve been in Santiago. Time has flown by, and I feel like I’m definitely settled in.

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  • What? Classes?!

    The first week and a half was filled with long days of orientation, which was draining but ultimately very helpful. We were given a crash course on everything from typical Chilenismos and food to Chilean norms and customs. Eventually the orientations came to an end and we transitioned into talk of classes and Universities.

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  • The Anticipation is Killing Me

    It seems like every week for the past month something gets me a little close to actually arriving in Santiago. First, I received all the documents necessary to apply for the visa, then I went to the Chilean Consulate in Manhattan to apply. About a week an a half later I went back to pick it up. Landing in Brazil was the next step to get me closer.

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