I officially have one month left in this paradise. It is extremely bittersweet, especially since I registered for classes back home. I have fallen completely in love with this country, and now I wish I could stay for another semester, but the memories I have made, and will make will always be with me, and on my blog.
I can’t believe I left everyone hanging for a month, so I’m sorry about that! But at the end of October, I got the once in a lifetime opportunity to fly a plane! I even did a barrel roll… Just kidding.
Don’t worry, I would hardly consider it flying, since I just got to turn once. Even just that bit was such an adrenaline rush. Later my dad told me the exact type of plane that it was: Pipler PA-28-181 Archer II. He also has time in that plane as well. Like father, like daughter. We flew down the coast down to Algorrobo which is home to the largest pool in the world.
We turned around here and headed back to Viña just as the sun was about to set. It was so gorgeous seeing Viña from a different perspective.
Then, the next week, because I had to have something bad happen again, I saw a tarantula. Ok, it’s not ‘bad’ but it was the size of my hand. Then this last weekend I saw ANOTHER while hiking. I said to Juliana, “I think it’s a sign that I’ve seen two tarantulas in less than two weeks—” Just as I finish this sentence we see another baby tarantula. Just my luck! For the record, baby tarantulas aren’t very baby in size.
So this last weekend I went to Pucon with ISA, my program. We left Thursday night at 9pm, and I was ready to go with my cookies and juice boxes (literally). Twelve hours later, we arrived at the cabañas where we would be staying for the weekend. We got to cook in these cabañas and I can’t explain how happy that made me. For our adventures that day, I made a sandwich with bacon, eggs, turkey, cheese, avocado, tomato, and blue cheese dressing. Anna bought a chicken. A whole chicken. In other words, we weren’t complaining.
Once we took our cat naps we went on an excursion where we had bread and tea in a Mapuche hut, swam in the hot springs, and visited waterfalls.
Then at the end of the day we we went to this gringo restaurant called Latitude 39. It’s famous for serving the things that travelers from the US miss most, like waffles, ranch, and smoothies (separately of course). I ended up going to this place twice and eating waffles with my hands. THAT is how much I missed waffles.
The next day we went ziplining in the forests with the backdrop of the volcano. You could say my life isn’t real.
Another spidey incident happened during zip lining, that I forgot to mention. I paved the way among the group and that also meant walking through numerous spider webs. As I was making for people to reach the stand the guide and I were on, I decided it would be a great idea to sit down. Little did I know, this quarter-sized green spider was crawling up my leg. As I let out this blood-curdling scream, the guide jumps into action, thinking that I am falling off the ledge. Meanwhile, Anna is having a mild heart attack. I may have PTSD now, with all of these spider situations but, I believe I will pull through. Later that night, a bunch of the girls got chocolate and wine to kick back on the beach and watch the sunset. Being basic was so bliss that night.
I would like to say I slept like a baby after all of these wonderful events, but unfortunately there was a long and drawn out sawing noise that went on the entire night, and I couldn’t help but think we were going to be living proof (or corpses) in a chainsaw massacre, since we were, in fact, in the woods.
The last day we woke up early and took a bus to the Parque Nacional Huerquehue. The hike takes 5 and a half hours to get up to the lakes and back, but Juliana and I wanted to make it back on an earlier bus to shop for souvenirs in the town. So we made it to the first lake with 5 minutes to spare. It took us just over 3 hours for the hike. Needless to say, I could hardly walk the next two days because my entire lower body was swollen. But, you tell me if it was worth it:
I can’t believe I have to leave this gorgeous country in two weeks.