Student Blogs/Alexa in Chile

Yup, you read that title right. I am halfway through my year abroad in Chile, ALREADY!

Before I left for this exchange, people constantly talked about how my time would fly by, that I should cherish every moment and blah blah blah… all of those typical clichés. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really believe them. One year is a long time to be spending on the other side of the world away from everything you know and love, and I was afraid it was going to feel like an eternity.

Now I have one semester under my belt, and I can tell you that the time really does fly. In the beginning I thought I had all the time in the world to go everywhere and see everything. But the more time I spend here, the more I realize I want to see and do. I don’t think it’s humanly possible to do it all in one year!

No matter, this post isn’t to complain about all the things I haven’t done yet– it’s to celebrate the things I have gotten to do. I recognize just how lucky I am to have had these experiences to shape me, to help me learn and grow as a young individual. Here are some of my favourite memories of the first half of my year abroad, as a series of photos.

  1. Paddle-Boarding in the Pacific Ocean
the tip of a paddle board on the water with the sun setting.

My first weekend in Chile, spent learning how to Paddle-Board in the region of Valparaíso.

  1. My First Music Festival EVER!
the Lollapalooza sign

Lollapalooza Chile – A three-day festival full of incredible music

  1. Travelling to Argentina and Uruguay with Fellow Sprotties
5 friends standing against a bright green and yellow wall

With my Sprott friends Rosalyn, Taylor, Megan, and Zack in Argentina

  1. Hiking, Hiking, and More Hiking
Alexa sitting in a meditative post on top of mountain in the Andes.

Taken during a hike in the foothills of the Andes.

  1. Standing Under the Clearest Night Skies
Alexa with her friend at the observatory.

At an astronomical observatory in Valle de Elqui, Chile

  1. New Friendships that will Last a Lifetime
Alexa and her friends holding up a rainbow flag at the pride parade.

My friends and I at the Santiago Pride Parade.

I am so incredibly thankful for the privilege and opportunity to live abroad for a year. Every day I am humbled by the people I meet and the places I visit. One year may seem like a lot at first, but I’m starting to realize that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I am looking forward to many more adventures and memories on the second half of this journey!

Until next time,


Alexa Bordage is a third-yearBachelor of International Business student who is studying abroad in Chile.

Friday, July 5, 2019 in , ,
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