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Around the World: Myrna Barrera-Torres ’15 Around the World, ISA Chile at UAI, Vina del Mar, Chile (Fall 2013), John Cabot University, Rome, Italy (Winter/Spring 2014)

— by on September 5th, 2016

“Both of my semester abroad experiences, Chile and Italy, allowed me appreciate the beauty of the world in a new light.”

Both of my semester abroad experiences, in Chile and Italy, allowed me appreciate the beauty of the world in a new light. My experience in Chile was like being in paradise with its diverse geography, from the driest desert to the end of the world in Patagonia. The port city of Valparaiso was one of my favorite places to be–murals and artwork are part of the city’s character. From the walls of buildings to the sidewalk stair cases, the city has a unique vibe that is incomparable to any other place.

Italy was like a photographer’s heaven. Through my camera lens I took in the beauty of country, such as the night strolls down Trastevere, the countryside of Verona, the artists painting the skyline of Rome and the small shop owner sharing his knowledge of his culture. After living in Rome for four months I learned to embrace their culture. Most importantly, I was able to step out of my fast-paced lifestyle, slow down and enjoy the small things in life.