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Neeley Fellows Trip to Chile

a travel blog by tjshepherd


I am traveling with the Neeley Fellows program to Santiago Chile for our International Management class. Not only will be able to get the cultural experience of a lifetime, but we will also be able to learn alot about how to work effectively accross cultures. It should be quite the adventure so stay tuned!

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Half way Done

Santiago, Chile


We have just finished out 4th day in Chile and the time has blown by. We have been having some amazing experiences. Today, we went and did a service project for a girls "orphange" and it completely opened my eyes. The sad part is that we were not able to complete our project due to lack of tools. We cleaned off a basketball court and tried to replace the backboards and rims, but did not have the necessary tools to put the new hoops up. Therefore the girls have a clean court and no rims to play on. I think the VE Global volunteer group will be going to complete the project soon.

I am really looking forward to the netx few days because we will be having some extremely interesting tours including a vineyard and a major port. Unfortunately, our trip on Saturday has been cancelled due to the weather so that was a major disappointment for us all. I really was looking forward to the mine especially because it was the largest underground copper mine in the world, but I guess I will just have to go with the flow and find some other exciting activity to occupy my time.

Max

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Mellow

Santiago, Chile


The crowd:
- TJ, Mario, Carson, D. Bower, B. Lang (from the U.K., not Asia), Peyton (Not the Manning), and Abbs.

The Places:
- Azul Profundo: Fantastic Seafood restaurant and remarkable Chardonnay.
- Casa en el Aire: OK Music, OK wine, funny waiter, small table, great plaza.

As we walked towards the restaurant we all where very exited to realize it was a good choice. Everybody wanted to have everything on the menu. If our pockets were endless we probably would had. I would say that my favorite dish was the octopus carpaccio that I order with Peyton; it was simple, exotic, and very tasty. The wine was called Doña Dominga; crisp, not too fruity, with the perfect level of sourness.

We briefly had a French crepe. Some Split and went back to the hotel and some stayed for some live music.

It was definitively a good night. One that I was looking forward too.

-Andres-




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Mis Amigos Por La Vida - theyre like really really really thin pancakes

Santiago, Chile


We just finished up our halfway point here in Santiago, and one thing that has become painfully apparent to me is how absolutely blessed I am to be on a trip in a marvelous foreign country with 20 of my best friends. Granted, some people have developed tendencies to hang out with a specific group, but I can legitimately say that I have had the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy everyone's company, and with the caliber people that I am surrounded by, most of which I consider to be among my best friends, I am simply honored.

Today we got the opportunity to do some community service! It was one of the things I was most looking forward to, because back home community service is a large part of my life, so I was interested to see how that would transcend any kind of cultural boundaries or setting changes. We were able to work with a company called VE global that is a nonprofit that specializes in the maintenance of orphanages here in Santiago. We went to one of their properties and repainted the interior of a house and redid a basketball court so that the girls that resided there could have means to enjoy themselves. Most of them were either homeless, had drug problems at some point, or were from broken or unhealthy homes, so it was a blessing getting to be able to get a glimpse into their lives so that I could gain further perspective into my own.

The girls themselves were alot of fun to play with, and were surprisingly easy to communicate with. Also, the Chilean affection certainly transcended, as when we met the me were greeted with a kiss on the cheek, which is their customary hello. I felt like I got initiated into the culture!!! Also they loved playing with us, as we began playing games with them like telling them so and so were dating and that Abby had lots of boyfriends and dancing and singing with them and numerous things along those lines. It was awesome!

Also tonight we finally were able to venture out and experience the night life in Bella Vista, one of the more famous parts of town. We had some of the most delicious seafood I have ever had, including calamari, octopus, shrimp, shark steak, grouper, ceviche, and salmon. From there we went to the famous plaza to enjoy some authentic french crepes (!Delicioso!) and we had a few drinks at a patio bar enjoying the scenery and the people watching. Once again, I felt absolutely blessed to be surrounded by my best friends, as the smile was not able to be removed from my face all night.

-Teej

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Amigas Nueva

Santiago, Chile


Today we had quite the interesante potpourri of activities to say the least. We went to Agrosuper which is one of the major food commercialization plants in South America. they are in charge of things such as pork (which we got to see first hand), Chicken, turkey, and salmon, as well as their respective distribution throughout the world. We got to see the meat packing plant for pigs, which was pleasurable to some but extremely displeasure-able to others. All I'm saying is that the first thing that we saw when we walked in was the decapitated pigs lying on a conveyor belt. Nonetheless, it was like the star wars of slaughterhouses with all of the advanced machinery that they were able to utilize. It was astonishing to say the least.

Even though that was awesome, far and away my favorite part about Agrosuper was the school that benefited from their patronage that we were able to visit. All the children there were absolutely enthralled by our presence, and I got to do what I do best: play with children. It was so much fun. The amount of discipline that they instill in that institution is rivaled by none other I have ever seen, in a good way. Also, as previously stated we got to play with children. All they wanted to do was practice their English speaking skills on us, which relatively speaking were far and away better than my Spanish skills after a few years of refinement. Also, they composed a choir that performed in front of us, which was one of the most touching experiences of my life.

there was a young lady named Javii that Sam and I both fell in love with due to her enthusiasm and graciousness. We will see who wins in the Battle for her affection hahahaha. Overall, a great day indeed, and I am thankful for yet another opportunity to serve.

-Teej

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Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar

Valparaiso, Chile



This picture also doesn't necessarily coincide with the events of today, but nonetheless it was a good time too.

We went to Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar today. The bus ride over was about 2 hours...a nice nap since I have been feeling pretty ill the past day or so. When we got to the city it was very compact, with houses stacked endlessly on top of other houses. The downtown area was nice but very old with a lot of damage from both time and earthquakes. We took a tour of the city by bus and got to see most of the major European communities within the city. It was very interesting to find out that each community...i.e. British, German, French, Italian, etc., all have their own fire stations, schools, and community areas. We took a couple of trams up hillsides, they were built in the late 1800's...which made a few people uneasy, but were in quite good shape for being so old. After we finished meandering around Valparaiso we headed toward Vina del Mar with a stop at the Yacht Club for lunch. The Yacht club was quite a nice little detour from the very crowded streets we had been on earlier.

At the yacht club we had initial appetizers outside on the veranda with drinks to wash everything down. We took lot of pictures out by the sea and were ushered inside to eat our 3 course meal. The meal was delicious, I had a steak covered in mushroom sauce. While we ate we got to enjoy the great view of the Pacific Ocean. Shortly after eating we were bused over to Vina del Mar.

At Vina del Mar a few of us decided to go to the casino at Hotel Del Mar. I walked out with more than I walked in with and was therefore in a pretty good mood. We walked down the coastline and eventually toward the beach. Unfortuntately I took a little spill into the water...just my feet, but still not the best. We ended the afternoon with a drink at the Tierra del Fuego followed by a two hour bus ride back to Santiago. A day well spent, and the night is still young!

-Ryan

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You mean you didn't know?

Santiago, Chile


I just wanted to add an interesting observation.

Carpaccio: Thinly slice poultry usually eaten with olive oil, lime, salt, and other condiments. It is usually an appetizer and a good source of protein.

I always thought that is was a globally eaten food. But my fellow fellows have asked me several times what it is; and so comes a new learning experience:

Learning is not only about getting to know new things about different cultures, it is learning that what you know about your own culture may not always be known by others.

- Andres -


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