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Why should I choose Latin America for my year abroad?
Fancy spreading your wings further afield? You're not alone, thousands of students choose Latin America as their destination of choice and who could blame then? Whether you're up for the colours and fiestas of Mexico, the Costa Rican coast is your idea of paradise, you're up for the head-spinning heights and delights of Ecuador, exploring the Aztec empire in Peru, learning about culture and identity in Colombia, discovering the beauty of the Amazon or nestling up in a fishermen's village in Brazil, digging into steak and moving your limbs to sensual tango in Argentina or getting the real coastal experience in Chile, check out our country profiles to find out the best places to go, read up on our reviews and spare a minute or two to read our blogs about Hernán Cortés' finest discovery...
Oi, bom dia! My name is Hannah and I am studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southampton and I am currently spending my year abroad studying at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil - or UFSC (“oof-skee”) as the local students call it - as part of my Year Abroad. Florianópolis is a small island just off the coast of southern Brazil. For most, going to Brazil on their Year Abroad is fairly unheard of so I really wanted to give you an insight into a week in the life of a student here. Here goes!
City of ‘organised’ chaos
Mexico City, México or D.F (Distrito Federal) is something totally out of the ordinary – the Mexican megalopolis was built over a lake, thousands of years ago. The Aztecs had decided that they would settle only if they found a cactus, with an eagle holding a snake in its beak (the emblem of the Mexican flag). This image lay before them around the hills of what is now Mexico City, at the very centre of a lake. The ancient civilization thus built over the water to create what locals now refer to as the D.F. An amazing feat, to say the least, as most of it still holds today. Tell-tell signs of what lies beneath the surface can be found around the majestic Cathedral, in the zócalo – part of it is sinking as you read this. A city with more than 25 million people to its name, Mexico City can seem somewhat daunting, daring and darn-right scary at first. Cast your mala onda aside for a minute, and you’ll undoubtedly see why so many choose to make this location home – be it foreigners or locals. Yes, it’s noisy, yes, it’s a little chaotic to say the least, but if you’re looking for a place that has it all, home will be Mexico City. Put your best foot forward, keep your eyes peeled at all times, for better or worse, as you won’t want to miss this...