Bienvenidos a Santiago :)

Kate Gutmann is a student at Ohio State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Kate is currently in Santiago before studying abroad and participating in service-learning in Valparaíso, Chile on a Summer Study + Service-Learning program.

Hola Readers!

I’ve been in Santiago for about 10 hours now and I am already in love… it all began with the decent from our flight. I have never in my life seen mountains like the mountains here in Chile. We arrived around 8 am so there was a heavy fog that was setting over the mountains and it looked like a sea of clouds brushing up against the mountains. I have never seen such thick fog. As we got closer to the ground I expected it to be like when you go through a cloud and you could see the ground from way above but about 20 feet from the ground.. I finally saw the runway! I was shocked.

Going through immigration and customs was not nearly as troublesome as I imagined it to be, even with our large group we got in an out quickly. ISA was there just as they promised to pick us up with warm smiles. Our hotel that we’re staying in is also nothing I have ever seen. Its more like an apartment, we have two bedrooms and a kitchen.

After being settled we went to Cerro San Cristóbal where we took a cable car up to the top. What a view of the city! I never knew Santiago was so large (6 million people). The sights from there were breath taking. My favorite photo that I got was a palm tree with the snow covered mountain tops in the background (how ironic!).

I have to admit though, I am still struggling with my Spanish, but that’s expected it hasn’t even been a day. On the plane I sat near a nice Argentine man who was patient with my mumbled Spanish and a little bit of Spanglish thrown in, but it got me warmed up. The biggest mistake today so far was when I asked a clerk “Dónde puedo esconder un secador de pelo?” instead of “econtrar”.. Guess we’re playing hide and seek with hair dryers!

I’m looking forward to getting to see more of Santiago tomorrow and get a good nights sleep.

Thats all for now,


Author: kgutmann

Hi! My name is Kate Gutmann and I am a student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I grew up in a small suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I am a Marketing major through the Fisher College of Business and I am also pursuing a Spanish minor. After a high school class trip to Spain I realized how much the Spanish language and culture fascinates me; I never wanted to leave. I chose to study abroad in Chile because I want to be able to increase my Spanish speaking abilities while being surrounded by native speakers and engulfed in a whole new way of life. Also, I can't wait to volunteer with the locals and get to know them on a more personal basis. Everything about this trip excites me and I can't wait to tell others about all of my amazing experiences and hopefully influence my peers to follow in my footsteps and study abroad too.

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