Author Archives: Victoria Messer

About Victoria Messer

Tori Messer is a self-diagnosed travel addict from Media, Pennsylvania. As a Spanish major, business minor in the College, with a possible Certificate in Latin American Studies, she is anxiously awaiting her study abroad experience in both Valparaíso, Chile and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While she is no stranger to study abroad, she is beyond excited to ride up and down the hills of Valparaíso, samba at Carnaval, have three summers in a row, and practice her Spanish and Portuguese.

Temblor?

Chile is a beautiful country. It’s ridiculously long and has a variety of different climates – in the north is the Atacama Desert, a.k.a. the driest desert in the world, then the middle region has pretty good farm lands, so … Continue reading

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Feliz Dieciocho! (a little late…)

Now that September has come and gone (and my midterms are separated a little bit better), I figure that maybe I should explain the importance of September in Chilean culture. While September is not actually referred to as “National Independence … Continue reading

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Viña or Valpo?

Since arriving in Chile, I have been privy to a debate that I can only imagine started in 1878, the year that Viña del Mar was founded a mere 3 miles from Valparaíso. Whether I am at a family get … Continue reading

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Hola, Chile!

As I write this, I am sitting on a large rock wall just above the ocean. Behind me, there is a strange (and rather creepy) joker playing the accordion. I’ve never been a beach person, but this town agrees with … Continue reading

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Adios a los EEUU

The past few weeks have been a testament to my mastery of procrastination. I pushed back writing this post for weeks, two enormous suitcases have sat empty under my bed since my sister returned from her trip almost a month … Continue reading

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