Summer Postcards 2015
The Fan in Kazan
It’s my penultimate day at Kazan Arena, and my 18-year-old sister is in line to make history.
This city, located at the shore of the Indian ocean, has a flavor unlike any other part of India.
The leaves of the trees above me rustle, as if whispering in the language of friction, "Are you getting all of this?"
A view of the Plaza Baquedano (commonly known as the Plaza Italia), a large city square that serves as Santiago’s zero-kilometer marker and is considered the capital’s most important socioeconomic dividing marker, forming the boundary of Providencia and the center of Santiago and, by extension, the wealthy Sector Nororiente (northeastern sector) and the rest of the city. It is also the city’s most popular location for demonstrations and celebrations, especially after football matches.
A view of the Santiago skyline, looking northeast from the Cerro Santa Lucía (Santa Lucía Hill). The Cerro San Cristóbal is the large hill at left, while the Andes Mountains are faintly visible in the background.
A view of the Costanera Center, a skyscraper complex in Providencia that includes Santiago’s tallest buildings (including the tallest building in Latin America) and Latin America’s largest mall, viewed at sunset from Parque Bicentenario in Vitacura.
Trading Seasons, Part 2
Perhaps the only comparison I can make between Valparaíso and a U.S. city would be to call it a cross between San Francisco and Detroit (though smaller than both).
A view of Valparaíso at night, looking out over the Barrio Financero (Financial District) from the Paseo Gervasoni in its Cerro Concepción neighborhood.
Playa de Reñaca
A view at sunset of the Playa de Reñaca, a popular beach in the Reñaca section of Viña del Mar.
A view of the Casa de Isla Negra, the largest of poet Pablo Neruda’s three houses, located in El Quisco, Chile.
A view of the El Tatio Geysers. Located at the foot of the Andes in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro de Atacama at an elevation of over 14,000 feet, El Tatio is the world’s third-largest geothermal field, and is also the highest geyser basin in the world.
Trading Seasons: Spending Summer Break in a Chile Winter
At some point during the 11-hour flight between Miami and Santiago, a realization finally struck me—I was travelling to the Southern Hemisphere.
A Taste of Italy: On Milan, Siena, and Studying Abroad
Before this trip, the word “Italy” alone would stir my imagination, bringing to my mind some romanticized caricature of rainbow buildings and gondola-filled canals.
Adulthood Is Relative
I am not quite an adult—I can tell by how the conversation often focuses on me, the way adults talk to children.