08 Nov
Beautiful from North to South
My friend from Pomaire, Chile

     Well, I now have a little over a month left here in Chile for the semester. I say for the semester because I will be back, as I’ve told a few people if not to live or study again at least to visit. I apologize for the long time span lately between my posts. I have been quite a busy camper. I am still pretty busy so I will keep this short. I have recently been our two trips with my study abroad program. The first was to the south of Chile, or at least south of Santiago. We visited smaller towns that are not exactly tourist locations. Our resident director told us she wanted us to see real people of Chile. Not that those in the city are not real people but she wanted us to see the rural way of life as well as some of the indigenous people of Chile. It was a great experience and as yo go further and further south in Chile, it just gets prettier. Greener and greener with lakes every where. Quite a site to see.

Me in Lota Mine, Lota, Chile

     This last weekend, I had a day trip with my program to visit Isla Negra where Pablo Neruda’s 3rd is and where he is busy. For those of you that don’t know, Neruda was a very famous poet from Chile. I have now visited all three of his houses in Chile. After leaving Isla Negra I went to Pomaire, Chile where I might my friend pictured above. That little guy was hungry because he kept trying to bite off my big toe. Seriously! He was very cute though and it was hard to put him down. Pomaire is a smalling town of around 5,000 people. Pomaire is a village of craftsmen whose pottery tradition dates back to before the Spanish arrived in Chile. We were able to see people making huge vases made of clay as well as smaller things like bowls and cups. I really enjoyed it because although I have decided I love city life, being in a smaller town is always cozy and it was neat to experience again rural life in Chile. Well, I must close for now. I will try to post again in a couple of weeks as my classes will be ending soon. I have added a lot of pics from my trips and my various tours around Santiago so check out “My Photos” tab on my main blog page.     

If you want to learn more about my DePauw experience or while I am abroad in Chile I would encourage you to follow me on twitter @VillaNavarrete, check out my blog at or by emailing me at
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