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Author Archives: Alana Ling

Un Nuevo Principio (A new beginning)

Well folks, this is it- I’m down to my final hours in Chile. If you find that hard to believe, you are absolutely not alone. This semester has flown by so quickly! Many people say that one of the toughest things about going abroad is coming back home, and I think they might be right. … Continue reading »

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The “study” in Study Abroad

You know those times when you think you have it all together, just barely but you’re definitely all there, and then all of a sudden something comes out of nowhere and suddenly you aren’t quite sure how you’ll manage it all? Everyone experiences this from time to time, and I learned about 2 weeks ago … Continue reading »

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Faith Hope and Love

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all … Continue reading »

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Trip to Chiloé

Q: How do lambs say “Merry Christmas in Chiloé?” A: “¡Fleece Navidad!” Okay, sorry for the corny joke (I’m actually not- I’m a total sucker for dumb jokes like that), it was just a silly way for me to start talking about my trip to Chiloé! Chiloé consists of several islands off the mainland in … Continue reading »

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¡Viva Chile! -Celebrating “18”

So I’m really behind on blogging! I’m sorry! I reached that inevitable point where I was taken over by all the traveling and things going on in Santiago along with the mountain of schoolwork that seemed to have come out of nowhere! So rewind to about 2 weeks ago (yeah- really, really behind on this- … Continue reading »

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Journeying to “El fin del mundo”

Aaahhhh, Patagonia- where to begin? To be honest, I have been putting off writing this blog for a few days now because I know that nothing I write will do the place justice. Throughout my life, I have been really lucky to have opportunities to travel to different places- some near and some very far. … Continue reading »

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Weekend in Viña del Mar

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela This past weekend, I returned to beautiful Viña del Mar, Chile to get a change of scenery, breathe the ocean air and, most importantly, reconnect with the dear family I stayed with … Continue reading »

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Dirty Little Secret

I’ve come to find that the study abroad experience has a dirty little secret. Maybe it won’t come as a surprise to some, but I feel that it’s something they leave out of all those colorful pamphlets. If you’re like me, when you think of the term “study abroad” you get the image of a … Continue reading »

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If you never did, you should…

…These things are fun, and fun is good. I believe this silly Dr. Seuss quote actually packs a lot of truth. For the past week, or really since I’ve gotten here, I’ve gotten to do so many new things. Not only do these experiences help me learn something new, question something old, and allow me … Continue reading »

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

So sorry for the over-used Queen lyric, but really- I feel like I’m living a dream… nobody pinch me! I’ve been in Santiago for almost two weeks now- How is that even possible?! In a sense I feel like the days are flying by and it’s as if I’ve just arrived, yet, simultaneously, I already feel … Continue reading »

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