I started off my Chile adventures in Valparaiso with this warm and happy family. Hernan Sr, Hernan Jr, Javiera, and Carmen were so accommodating and made every effort to have me try new things. This was the perfect way to begin my 3 week stay. What I didn't count on was how cold this part of the country was. Unbelievably cold. Carmen even lent me a jacket while I was there - so nice. I stayed in Valparaiso 6 days and had some wonderful events. The highlights: the people, definitely, the people. I learned so much about the city and the country. THe teachers at the Catholic university were so hospitable and welcomed me to the department for such a short stay.