i will be home in less than 20 days. It feels a touch like a prison sentence, and it’s good because I’m much more relaxed about my visa (the spanish consulate accepted everything and took my money so I’m assuming everything is fine, I should be able to pick up my passport next week).
I went to Valparaiso two weeks ago now and I visited the chilean family I know here, who have been an amazing welcoming family to me, I spent christmas and new years as well as their independence day with them. I spent sometime with the little baby, who is now 10 months old and talked with the family. I can’t wait to see them again. They are incredibly sweet people and it was so kind of them to let me into their family for a bit.
It’s tuesday and on Friday this week my friends from the south of Chile are coming to visit and see me before I go. The weekend after this one is my last full weekend, I’m not sure what I’ll do but I hope to go up Cerro San Cristobal and go see a couple Santiago sights that I haven’t seen in a while. I will miss it here, as much as I’m looking forward to going home.
Recoleta cemetery was awesome but honestly I was really freaked out the whole time I was there - gorgeous and old but lots of disrepair and disrespect as well.. I honestly walked around the whole time awkwardly crossing myself, even though I’m not catholic (or religious). Everything was very beautiful though.
the top picture is just a pretty street in palermo soho.
#home missing #connecticut so soon I will be there!!
Things are hard here sometimes, and I’ve regularly come to the conclusion that it’s really not the language or me, it’s just how things work sometimes. A big part of it is that since I decided to move to Chile, I’ve dealt with a huge amount of bureaucracies, and different branches of the same government or sometimes the same branches in different governments.
This week and last week I spent a lot of time getting documents ready for the spanish consulate, and luckily for me, I haven’t been working tons recently so it wasn’t like I was rushing around and working.
But today, I finally got some things translated and the translation service really was unsure if the consulate would accept their translations. So, I wanted to go to the consulate immediately to make sure it’d be alright…. and of course, today they are closed for visa admissions. They just don’t do them today.
There is really no reason for this visa to not get back to me by august 30th, but I’m terrified. They have to take my passport. If I don’t have it back, I can’t leave the country. So. I’m unnecessarily terrified.
But everything will be fine and if it’s not, life will move on.
My apartment, sunday brunch. I will for sure miss that when i go home (brunch was started to eat american-style breakfast in a city that thinks it’s “posh” to do so, and you end up spending at least $20 for a simple breakfast, delicious as it may be).
This week we had an egg bake (peppers, spinach and onions with a potato crust), biscuits (olive oil yum), gluten free pancakes, colonial ham (a great sub for bacon) and mimosas.
A bunch of this is in a really famous cemetery in buenos aires with evita’s grave and then also a bookstore that was a theater and of course during the Argentina and Germany mundial final game. We barely saw a thing bec of the crowd but it was fun. Then also a steak dinner at a famous “parrilla” restaurant.
I’ve been placed in spain, it’s a small town (25,000 people) near Sevilla and jerez de la frontera. I’m super excited about the placement, it’s a good area, and I get to live in either Sevilla or Jerez, both of which seem good options. (Sevilla is about an hour away and a large 700,000 people city with a metro. Jerez is 20 minutes away with 200,000 people and a train that goes directly to Lebrija, but is also really close to Cadiz which is on the water)
I have to get the visa this month and as we speak I’m currently avoiding it. I have to get multiple things legalized and stamped and I’m planning on trying to ask for it next week, when I return from Buenos Aires.
I’m not sure I’ll go to San Pedro de Atacama but everyone tells me it’s the best place to go in Chile, it is like no other place in the world. I’m thinking of going but like everything it depends on how much work I have this month.
I was listening to lana del rey in the bus today and thinking desperately about how i would love love love to be driving and singing along to it.
And I thought, I will be. In about 2 months.
And then i kept thinking, but I will only be home doing these things for one month, tops. Why?
Because, again, I will pack up my life (3rd time in 1 year and 2 months) and move to another country (second time ever) for an undetermined period of time. The program lasts til next june but i can and may stay longer, at least another year if it goes well.
And if I don’t stay…. staying home (in the USA) seems so attractive right now but I don’t know if I will have the guts to actually stay at home for a long period of time and get a “real” job again.
I miss my life in the US but it’s something that felt stifling when i was actually there. I am really looking forward to things being “easy” again (Aka all in my native language) and knowing where things are and how to get places.
But a large part of my “struggle” in Chile has not been the language, it was learning how to navigate a city and go through life in a new place. Language was of course a large part of it but in the end, it was finding that Indian place I like, where I get my groceries and my favorite bars and yarn stores.
And it has taught me something essential… I’m not really a city person. I live in a suburban area in CT and I think I would love to live in Hartford or something similar but Santiago with it’s 46% of Chile all in one place is way too much for me on a regular basis. I went to visit a friend in her city of about 200,000 people and I feel so much better there, less overwhelmed and frustrated.
In Spain, I will probably not (likely) be placed in a city or at least directly in one. I’m looking forward to the change but it does make my 9 weeks left here difficult to think about. I’m going to Argentina in two weeks but then after that it’s going to be hard to continue to be focused. It’s like having senioritis, a friend said.
I would give anything to be in a target store though for sure. Soon!
the weather throughout the world is extremely volatile. I think we just like to think it’s stable - last week about 40 degrees F all week and super cold all day and night, plus a lot of rain.
This week, averages of 70 degrees F.
There is a man who has five poodles (minis) that walks them down my street, all off leash and he walks too fast so they have to run with him.
There was a protest that started at 8am outside my window. I don’t know what for but they are very passionate about whatever it is. (something to do with professors, and lack of pay, but really what else is new in Chile?)
El Mundial (the world cup) has created a great sense of excitement in the country. They won the first game against Australia and now there’s another game against Spain on Wednesday, which will be interesting. It’s almost like christmas - canceled classes and everything closes early!!!
A bit ago, I posted some plans before I left, and now, I’m officially at least going to Buenos Aires! In july for just a couple days.
Today is absolutely freezing and all but my morning and night class were canceled, so I went to lunch with a friend in the Korean/arabic/chinese/cheap clothes neighborhood which is quickly becoming my favorite place (fabric, chinese supermarkets, brown sugar and fruits and veggies along with some cheap clothing makes for a good neighborhood).
We got gyros which were awesome and also went to a little korean cafe after, called “habia una vez” it translates to “once upon a time.” We talked and watched the TV that warned us that a huge rain storm was coming and I lamented that I didn’t want to go to class if I was going to have to wear rainboots. I went home… and my class was canceled (sick student).
This week the Mundial or the world cup starts…. and I’m very excited for it. The first game with Chile is on Friday, and I expect to be at a friend’s watching the game then watching people go crazy in the plaza below. And then this way, I can make someone at the party walk me home after. It certainly will be an interesting couple weeks!