News from Santiago !

Hola muchachos !

I promised to come back very soon to give you some news so here I am again.

I have been living in the most beautiful country in the world for a month and a half now and although the sun is gradually leaving us to join you, I am really happy.

Everything is still going as well as ever and I have two very good news: the first is that I have enrolled in dance. I’ve been doing classical dance for 15 years, so I might as well tell you that I was starting to miss it. I have found a very (very) good school near my home and take classes every Thursday and Friday morning.

The second is that I also take guitar lessons! By the way, this is Camilo, my friend and guitar teacher.

Apart from that, I obviously continue to discover the city and especially the Chilean gastronomy alongside Mary, who always teaches me to cook… Last realization: Donuts! I’ll give you a picture, you have the right to be jealous, they were delicious!

I have to admit that from this point of view, it looks like a cliché of an Erasmus student, but don’t get me wrong, I work too! Last week I carried out my very first exams.

How can you get tired of the view of the Andes Cordillera from the Arcos Institute?

At the Arcos Institute we work on many projects. The most important of them is undoubtedly the event Management and Production’s one : with a friend we will organize (for real!) a celebration for the French community in Chile, which will take place just before my departure, at the end of June. All this without any budget, as you can imagine, we are racking our brains to find solutions.

My photography classes are still as exciting as ever and I even have the chance to work in the laboratory with Marion to learn how to make photograms and develop photos!

I also take music culture classes that allow me to learn more about the history and functioning of music. To be honest, I don’t understand everything because it’s very technical but it’s a really very interesting classes, which I enjoy going to.

Here is the latest news, now you know everything!

To avoid leaving you too violently, I leave you with the breathtaking view we have in the evening from the apartment…

Hasta pronto,

Zoé



Well arrived in Santiago!

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I have been in Chile for more than two weeks now, so I have a lot to tell you!

On March 1st I took a plane from Roissy Charles de Gaulle and as I like to simplify my life I went through Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Easy for a first flight! On the other hand, my arrival at Santiago airport was a little more complicated: I was stuck at Customs for almost an hour and my brand-new suitcase arrived completely broken… After making a complaint in “franglespagnol”, I was finally able to leave the airport with my bag and my two suitcases, I let you imagine.

Fortunately, I was very warmly welcomed by Cristian and Mary, the couple sharing their apartment with me and Marion. I honestly think we couldn’t have met nicer people!  They were able to reassure me and even accompanied me shopping and buying a metro card and a SIM card.

From the very beginning, they took it very seriously to make me discover the city, its history and the Chilean way of life.

I realized that the rhythm of Chilean life corresponds for many to mine: staggered mealtimes, late wake-up and bedtime… I think I am Chilean girl! And contrary to what I thought, my Spanish level is not so bad.

In addition, while my student life was all about eating pasta, I am learning to cook with Mary.

As far as classes are concerned, in Chile the start of the school takes place on 18 March, which corresponds to the end of the summer here. I went to the Arcos Institute to choose the classes that I wanted to attend and to my great surprise, there again the Chilean rhythm is very present. To give you an idea, here is my schedule:

  • Monday: 4:15 pm – 10 pm
  • Tuesday: 2pm – 10.30pm
  • Wednesday: no class
  • Thursday: 7pm – 10pm
  • Friday: no class!

I chose to follow classes in event management and production, sound systems, photography and communication. All this by being able to sleep in the morning and working in the evening, it suits me perfectly!

As the school year has started today, I will come back to you very soon to give you news of my Chilean adventure.

Hasta pronto!

Zoé