Matthew 20:28

“. . . The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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Shocker Pride in Chile

Tonight I did something I never thought I would do in my life.

I watched a sporting event. Alone. In my room. On my computer.

What?

The Shockers were fighting for a spot in the Final Four, and they won it. I am definitely not an avid sport-watcher. In fact, I don’t really watch sports except when my friends have the game on. So to do this by myself, in Chile…. that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (well, maybe more…we have another important game coming up!).

Watching the game. On the internet. In my room. In Chile.

Watching the game. On the internet. In my room. In Chile.

So this is definitely a different experience.

Get it, Shockers. #WatchUS

Feliz Cumpleaños a Mi: Celebrating My 19th Birthday in Chile!

My day started off with some lovely flowers, cupcakes and a card from my awesome housemate.

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Lisa, you rock!

My Chilean family surprised me with some lovely earrings and a fantastic pencil pouch. Plus, lunch was awesome.

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Then I had a little birthday party!

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I invited some of my friends from ISA/Veritas and some Chilean friends over for a little fiesta. We had a some Just Dance fun with my family’s wii. My host mom bought Mil Hojas cake, which is literally one of the best birthday cakes of my life. It’s creamy, and crunchy, flavor-filled, and superrico.

After that, I went to youth group at the church, and ran into Shannon, who happens to also have the best birth date.

Birthday Girls!

Birthday Girls!

And after youth group, the intercambio students and leaders from the church went to an apartment building and enjoyed some snacks and convo.

It was pretty awesome.

Luke 4:18 (NIV)

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

A reminder of what I am here for: to set the oppressed free.

Pucón in Numbers… and Pictures!

3 full days of the Pucón excursion

70+ ISA Students

24 hours on 2 overnight busses.

4 hours of a horseback ride that turned into a hike to a waterfall.

Cabalgatas turned into a hike.

Cabalgatas turned into a hike.

4 gorgeous waterfalls.

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1 Volcano

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2 Injuries. 1 rock stuck in my foot. 67 sore muscles (just an estimate).

4 Scoops of ice cream (With Lisa and Ellen)

Ice Cream!

Ice Cream!

Super Cute Cabaña. Con Emily and Ellen.

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Our Cozy Cabin (With a few guests)

marvelous lakes.

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1 Unforgettable adventure.

My Most Recent Adventure.

The best way to get around Viña and Valpo is either the metro or el micro (the busses). I don’t live anywhere near a metro station, so the bus is the next best thing. Mi mama chilena has been super awesome about taking us places and making sure we got off at the right stop, but Thursday afternoon I traveled home solo. And let me tell you, that was an adventure.

Did I get on the wrong bus? (No) Did I make a fool of my self? (No more than normal) Did I get lost? (Actually, no)

However, I did choose a bus with a super aggressive driver.

Breakdown:

I sat on the bus, rode for a while. Another bus cut off our bus and our driver had some road rage. So he cut off the other bus.

We picked up a middle age/elderly woman who sat in the front seat.

The bus started moving again. Then the driver decided to be a jerk and swerve back and forth super fast to ‘get back’ at the other driver. The woman in the front seat actually fell out of her seat and almost down the stairs.

A woman who was sitting behind her called the police and told them what had happened.

The girl next to me was laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation.

It was crazy.

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Micro Malo.