April 11, 2014
Reality check

Every once and a while I get a reality check: oh yeah I’m here and I’m doing this.
This weather is reminding me so much of fall in Connecticut. And my students always ask me about differences of the us and chile and I love talking about that. But it gets me talking about things I miss a lot from the US.

I was walking to “work” otherwise known as my first class of the day, now at 9am instead of 7am thank god, I was late but thinking how my student was always late too, and there was a man, probably chilean next to me, walking to work also. There are probably 200 people on the one block I’m on, either side of the street. And I was amazed, that I no longer feel uncomfortable or lost all the time. If someone talks to me (as someone did, they stepped on my boot and actually said sorry!), I generally understand them. I can speak back. I’m not afraid anymore of how to talk to people or what to say. If they can’t understand me, generally, it’s their problem now, not mine. 

I have a routine, a schedule and “places”. That was the hardest thing about moving so much, first here and then so consistently after I got here, living 3 places, because as soon as I got “a place”, where I bought bread or whatever, I moved. Now, I have a neighborhood where I know where everything is, and good places for coffee, fruits, indian food, an empanada, and groceries. And that feels really good. It kind of gives you a sense of purpose, if someone wants to get coffee or a beer or buy cheese, I know where to tell them to go. It makes me feel like I know what I’m doing now. (only I’m still totally faking it)

April 8, 2014
turnedintoeverything:

nevver:

Peanuts

and now it’s gone 

truth

turnedintoeverything:

nevver:

Peanuts

and now it’s gone 

truth

April 7, 2014
turnedintoeverything:

#algarrobo #chile #sunset good bye weekend

I went here this weekend, this was the view last night off the balcony. It was cold but nice in the sun during the day, and we sunbathed in jeans and tank tops and gasped at the people swimming. Practiced saying “arriba” (hard because of the double r) and cooed at a cute little puppy running around on the beach.
My friends were there two nights and I just got there Saturday because I had a morning class and left Sunday with everyone. Sadly, I got a really bad migraine and had to go to bed early at 9pm but I felt so much better after that (and sleeping 13 hours). It was a good weekend, although fast, and a nice relaxing thing to do at the end of the summer in Chile. 

turnedintoeverything:

#algarrobo #chile #sunset good bye weekend

I went here this weekend, this was the view last night off the balcony. It was cold but nice in the sun during the day, and we sunbathed in jeans and tank tops and gasped at the people swimming. Practiced saying “arriba” (hard because of the double r) and cooed at a cute little puppy running around on the beach.

My friends were there two nights and I just got there Saturday because I had a morning class and left Sunday with everyone. Sadly, I got a really bad migraine and had to go to bed early at 9pm but I felt so much better after that (and sleeping 13 hours). It was a good weekend, although fast, and a nice relaxing thing to do at the end of the summer in Chile. 

March 24, 2014
turnedintoeverything:

Open mic night #festivaldelbarrio mi #barrio

in my neighborhood, there was a festival this weekend. I only really walked by the open mic night but it looked cool! I call my neighborhood the west hartford of Santiago.

turnedintoeverything:

Open mic night #festivaldelbarrio mi #barrio

in my neighborhood, there was a festival this weekend. I only really walked by the open mic night but it looked cool! I call my neighborhood the west hartford of Santiago.

March 24, 2014
turnedintoeverything:

#run runrunrun #santiago #cerrosancristobal #moon

running around recently in santiago, desperately trying to run 2 days a week, quite hard with night classes til 9pm and a morning class at 7am. 

turnedintoeverything:

#run runrunrun #santiago #cerrosancristobal #moon

running around recently in santiago, desperately trying to run 2 days a week, quite hard with night classes til 9pm and a morning class at 7am. 

March 16, 2014
recent developments

4 classes I’m teaching through an institute, going wonderfully.

1 new class, private with a fashion designer - she’s a very high level and she’s preparing to possibly go to Hong Kong to purchase things for her company so, she’s very interesting and excited to learn.

2 more weeks to work before lollapoolza - I bought tickets back in October so I’ve been excited ever since! 

1 new roommate has returned from france

2 friends are leaving next month

1 friend just returned from brasil!

March 4, 2014
Chile has definitely changed me. 
for good mostly I think! I’m very good now at waiting something I was never good at in the past. 
I always want a croissant and a little coffee or hot chocolate on a cold morning about 11am. 
I mostly just eat fruits, vegetables and grains/bread. Meat is expensive or questionable here so I don’t buy it a lot to make at home.
I love making banana bread/strawberry bread, the fruit is so tasty!
I don’t know if I can ever go back to not eating avocado on everything. 
I go with the flow more, and I’m better at waiting to see what happens.
I really like feeding people, we had brunch again this weekend, it was lovely.
I have more classes now and it’s wonderful. Loving my students and loving this institute I work for, they are just a great set of people.

Chile has definitely changed me. 

for good mostly I think! I’m very good now at waiting something I was never good at in the past. 

I always want a croissant and a little coffee or hot chocolate on a cold morning about 11am. 

I mostly just eat fruits, vegetables and grains/bread. Meat is expensive or questionable here so I don’t buy it a lot to make at home.

I love making banana bread/strawberry bread, the fruit is so tasty!

I don’t know if I can ever go back to not eating avocado on everything. 

I go with the flow more, and I’m better at waiting to see what happens.

I really like feeding people, we had brunch again this weekend, it was lovely.

I have more classes now and it’s wonderful. Loving my students and loving this institute I work for, they are just a great set of people.

March 3, 2014

I felt an earthquake last night! It was a little one but I still heard the windows shaking. I’m only on the third floor so it wasn’t bad. But it’s amazing how much a stone/cement building can flex.

March 1, 2014
Dear family, friends and followers,

What has happened since mom left last week? I started working again, and then this week I got sick. I think it’s mostly allergies, but still taking it easy. 

I got two new classes through my job and I think more are coming soon which is great. I’m also really enjoying teaching recently, my students are really a great group right now.

Also, this is very important: I will be coming home for a visit in August! I’ll be back in CT on the 17th of august until the 2nd of September. I’m really looking forward to it! 

I know it’s a long away a way but five months!

February 21, 2014

La Serena with mom, as well as Valle de Elqui and Isla De Damas which had PENGUINS. 

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Mom in front of the La Serena lighthouse, Aba Distillery Pisco tasting, Tuna fruit, my favorites are apparently grown on cactus!, mom made a puppy friend at a brewery, Aba’s sign, mom and I at Valle de Elqui, barrels of Pisco, me being silly, our little car for the day, and Penguins!!!