Once again, I’m writing my weekly post on my assigned day. Today is Saturday, August 4th, 2012 and I am in Los Angeles, CA. Yes, DukeEngage Chile 2012 is over.
I just want to take some time and thank every single person that made this amazing trip possible. From the day I met Antonio, to the day I had my Skype interview with Marlen, to the day I met with my group for the first time at Antonio’s house, to the day I arrived in Santiago, this trip was something I had anticipated for a long time. I had 2 of the most amazing months of my life: I learned from others and from myself, I developed more character, I gained experience from my work at Acción Emprendedora, I found a path to follow for the rest of my life, and I even earned the title as “El intern más enamoradizo de AE.”
I am very nostalgic right now. Certainly I miss saying, “Tonight I’ll go ‘carretear’ in Bellavista,” or “Tomorrow I’ll go eat lunch with my office at ‘El Guatón’.” I miss Chile. I find it incredible that 48 hours ago I was still eating avocado and mayo on my churrasco, and I could buy Super 8s in the street. I still find it hard to get used to buying with US Dollars again… American money is kinda boring if you think about it. I mean, Chilean pesos are so colorful and fun to look at.
I’ll stop ranting here, but I want to thank Antonio Arce and Marlen Jorquera for being the most outstanding DukeEngage program directors. I want to thank Yanina Soto for being the most hospitable, caring, wise and humble host mom I could ever ask for. Thanks to Acción Emprendedora for allowing me to work there. Thanks to Uncle Bill and Aunt Melinda Gates for funding DukeEngage. They’re already paying my Duke education and now this amazing program! What else can I ask from them now? THANK YOU, CHILE. Thanks for your beauty, thanks for your people, thanks for being the coziest place in the coldest region of the world.
Hasta la próxima, y que la Razón siempre sea sobre la Fuerza.