WritingAssignments, WritingAssignments2160This past summer, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime.

My name is Dan and I consider myself pretty well traveled. I have visited numerous countries in Asia, Europe, and South America. With that being said, I had never been to a place quite like Chile before. Most people associate Chile with the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on the planet. However, after visiting numerous cities, there is so much the country has to offer.

Chile is a very long country in regards to the equator. This means that there are lots of diverse ecosystems and environments. To start, the Atacama Desert was probably the coolest place I have ever been to in my life. I visited numerous locations such as the Moon Valley, Tatio Geysers, Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), etc. 

I think my favorite place I visited in the Atacama was the geysers. That day our travel group arrived at the destination at 5:30 am. The temperature outside was 25 degrees Fahrenheit. As a native of Boston, I was outside in a light sweatshirt and khakis. You could tell that the general public of Peru was not used to this type of temperature because some people looked as if they were wearing every article of clothing that they owned. Aside from the weather, the geysers were super cool because they produced a ton of steam and shot to heights of 20 feet.

Contrasting to the natural beauty that the desert had to offer, we stayed primarily in Santiago, Chile which is the capital. It was crazy to see how much of a contrast the capital is from a desert that is only 3 hours away. In Santiago, the main takeaway I had was about Chilean culture. Primarily, the only sport that receives any recognition in the country is soccer. However, this unifies the country because everyone there is crazy about soccer. I went to the park with my cousin one day and the park had 8 soccer fields compared to 1 basketball court which is a sight you would probably never see at a regular park in the United States.

As an aspiring photographer, there was so much to take footage of. I think my passion of capturing things with my camera was actually detrimental to my experience because I would get too caught up in taking pictures rather than enjoying the view. Additionally, I was still learning how to use my camera and I was not as experienced as I am now with it so I did not get as many quality pictures as I wanted.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>My summer 2k17 in Chile changed my life. I saw sights and places I never thought I would see in my life. From the driest desert on the planet to the biggest city in the country, I was in a completely different world. <a href=”https://t.co/eacvfQiJrX”>pic.twitter.com/eacvfQiJrX</a></p>&mdash; Daniel Pan (@dpanumw) <a href=”https://twitter.com/dpanumw/status/958212717415985152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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