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


Being in South America has way more perks than I would have expected, and being so close to so many unique and amazing countries is definitely one of them. On July 12th my friend Andrea and I met in the metro to head to the airport to catch our flight to Peru. She had invited … More Peru

4th of July

As strange as it was, I celebrated the 4th of July in the middle of winter. It was slightly nostalgic seeing my friends and family in the US posting pictures of their holiday in in the sun while relaxing at a lake in Minnesota, but my South American friends were more than happy to help … More 4th of July

Weekend in Valparaiso

Last weekend I met a bunch of other Fulbright students in the coastal city of Valparaiso for a get-together weekend of talking about our project updates and progress, life in Chile, and things we have learned so far. There were about 7 people there and we all chipped in and rented a house on top … More Weekend in Valparaiso

Work and winter

Finally, after a nearly 3 week hiatus, I have been able to get back into my Tolhuaca fluid modeling project! With my week long family vacation and then class presentation on the 15th I hadn’t had any time to work on my actual research investigation. I have been very glad to have created a powerpoint … More Work and winter