The end of November was bittersweet as I shared my final days with my South American friends and prepared my suitcases for the flight home. After returning from El Tatio, I had 10 days, a final Fulbright presentation, a birthday party, and an apartment checkout left. It was a busy week and a half and … More Farewells

The Atacama

I had the amazing opportunity to be in the Atacama Desert for 6 days (Nov 14-19) helping collect data on geysers in the El Tatio Geyser Field. Dr. Reich’s new PostDoc student, Carolina, recently joined the group after getting her PhD from University of California Berkeley. She has been studying geyser mechanics/fluid flow from a … More The Atacama

Chilean mine tours

I got to tag along on the Economic Geology field trip this past week! My friends Andrea and Cinthia are taking the class, taught by Dr. Barra, and I was lucky enough to be the plus one. We took a bus from Santiago to La Serena, which is about a 6 hour drive north on … More Chilean mine tours

Last visitors

My boyfriend, Mike, and his mom, Shelley, were the last people to come visit me in Santiago. They came at a really beautiful time of the year as all the flowers are in full bloom, the weather is nice but not scorching, and tons of new fruits are starting to show up in the vegetable/fruit … More Last visitors

Celebrating Dieciocho

September is an extremely happy month for Chileans. The weather starts getting really nice, the smog clears, spring begins, and their biggest celebration all happen within a couple weeks. The official independence day is Sept 18 and is referred to as either Fiestas Patrias or Dieciocho, but the parties start 4 or 5 days before … More Celebrating Dieciocho

Hiking & asados

Even though we still have a month left of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the weather has been getting more and more pleasant since the start of August. The past two weeks have had many days above 70 F with lots of sun. The wind has also picked up, & I must say that I’m … More Hiking & asados

4 months to go

My project has once again evolved and changed slightly, just in time for me to realize that I have a lot of work to do if I want to finish it in less than 4 months before I return to the US. After talking with Dr. Reich and Daniele (the grad student I have been … More 4 months to go

Mendoza, Argentina

July certainly was a month of travelling as after returning from Peru I got to go to the other side of the Andes and visit the city of Mendoza, Argentina, when my aunt and her friend came to visit me in South America. We chose Mendoza because it is very close to Aconcagua, the highest … More Mendoza, Argentina