Monday, January 28, 2013

Back to School (sort of)

Today was the first day of my Intensive Language Program through the California program here.  We went right into grammar lessons!  I think it will really refresh my language, having review and fun language activities for 4 hours a day, for 3 weeks.  The classes are being held at one of the Catholic University's Campuses, called Campus Oriente.  It used to be a convent up until the 1880s.  The campus is full of arched doorways, stone and tile hallways, beautiful gardens, and lush courtyards.

Campus Oriente - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

This weekend I went to a Canyon called Cajón del Maipo in the Andean foothills just outside of Santiago.  We had an orientation there and got lots of info about navigating Santiago, registering for classes, finding housing, etc.  We stayed at a beautiful ranch called Rancho el Añil, with cabins, pools, and hiking nearby.

View of the Andes in the distance from Cajón del Maipo

Exploring the canyon

Swimming with other UC girls at the ranch where we stayed

Water slide!

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