Chile Study Tour – Day 1 and 2

Hello friends!

It’s Ankur here and for the next week I will be sharing with you my experiences on my Loyola Chile Study Tour experience.  I’m currently enrolled in the MBA Program at Loyola and I’m on this study tour with amazing people and what better way to chronicle this experience than to blog about it!!  So each day for the next week or so, I’m going to give you guys a snippet of what happened each day and then tie it into a one word theme.  Today’s theme – opportunity.

I’ve truly been blessed with amazing opportunities in my life:  Doing an internship in Ireland, working at Collegetown, and now on a study tour in Chile.  I’m with 30 great individuals -all of us coming from different backgrounds and experiences coming together for a common one.

The first day of our study tour was primarily consumed by travelling from BWI to Dallas and then Santiago. There’s always that awkward point when we’re all together and we’re still getting to know each other, learning each other’s names, scratching the surface, etc etc.  Journey over here was definitely manageable, for most, that is;  for me, it’s a litle dififcult – if you haven’t met me, I’m tall!  Enough said! 

Stepping outside the Santiago airport was a complete breath of fresh air.  It was amazing to get away from cold Baltimore and step outside to sunny Santiago!  On the way to the hotel more bonding ensued, life stories and other details were flowing, laughs and OMGs rang in my ears.  As soon as we got to the hotel and settled in our rooms, we hit the ground running cuz like June Carter said in one of her songs “Time’s a Wastin'”!!!  A large chunk of us headed on the metro system and headed over to San Cristobal and rode the trolley to the top of the hill.  When reaching the top of the hill, you get a picturesque and breathtaking view of Santiago…more than one would never envisioned.  It was absolutely serene at the top of the hill with the sun beaming down on you and the breeze wisping your hair – I didn’t really wanna come down. 

Anyways, we had to come back to the hoel to not only rid ourselves of the gnarly airplane funk and take a little catnap, but to get all dressed up for our dinner with other MBA alums (this is where the whole opportunity theme ties in, if you’ve been wondering).  We had a great three course meal (avocado stuffed with chicken salad, reineta with potatoes, and a crepe!!), but aside from that great conversation with local MBA alums, some holding executive positions on the alumni association.  It was great to have one on one interaction with a local and learn first hand the culture, daily customs, higher education, who’s hot/who’s not, and much more.  Of course, being MBA students, we asked questions about the positive economic climate here, how Chile is definitely on the rise, and about our guests’ professional background. 

To think I almost didn’t sign up for this class…crazy!  It would have been a missed opportunity for sure.  Lesson learned:  Go against the grain, challenge yourself, because you never know what’s on the other side.

I’ll check in tomorrow with Day 3’s events.  I know for sure tomorrow several of us are going on a bike tour and we’ll pass by Pablo Neruda’s house.  Start doing your research folks and be prepared for some commentary!  Alright peeps, it’s time to get some shuteye.

For now, this is Ankur…

Signing off…

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