Homesickness…

At first you just shake it
You feel it for a moment
And, then, you forget it

You start living in the moment
With all the excitement
Of this new experience

But, soon you get tired
And, it catches up to you
You can’t shake it this time

You’ve learned, explored, experienced
Now, your brain is
tired ready
To go home

This new perspective
These new lessons
This new excitement

Ready to go home
And, see the world
Through your new view


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that if you ever feel homesick; remember that everything you are learning and experiencing will completely change your perspective.
So, enjoy your new experience and learn as much as you can because that’s what makes going home after a trip so exciting; you get to experience your home with a new perspective, in a completely different way!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂


P.S. I’m going home in 2 weeks from my 4 months trip in South America,
so if you want to receive a postcard from my adventures, click this link!

Adulting / Living Abroad

There’s a lot to learn how to do all over again.

. . .

It doesn’t matter if you were a pro at all those things in your home country because everything will be different in a foreign country.

Yes, there will be similarities, and you will learn the differences quickly. But, you will still need to learn the best place to grocery shop, the best method of transportation to get around (bus, subway, taxi), and the currency (so you know when something is overpriced).

And, on top of discovering all those things, you will need to learn a foreign language.

AND, while you are learning ALL that, you also need to deal with homesickness and culture shock (at least for the first few months).

Now, I’m not saying all this to scare you. I personally have been loving my experience living abroad. I’m telling you all this so you know what’s coming: A LOT OF WORK AND DEDICATION! But, it’s 100% worth it.

Yes, there will be ups and downs. There will be days where you won’t want to speak the language (you’ll get tired of needing to train your brain in a foreign language everyday). There will be days where you’ll just want to do nothing. But, those days are the best because they will teach you the most.
If you power through those days, you will realize how worth it, it is, to learn to adult/live in a foreign country.
It will make it that much easier for your return to your home country. Adulting/living in a foreign country is an amazing, life-changing experience.

It really is LIFE-CHANGING because after you live in a foreign country for more than 2 or 3 months, your view of everything changes. But, the only way to understand this life-changing experience is to live it yourself!
So, step out of your comfort zone & live this amazing experience!

Thanks for reading!

I hope this inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and change your perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊


P.S. I just completed my second months of living abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW TO SEE SOME OF MY ADVENTURES, WHILE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND LIVING A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE:


https://youtu.be/G5h00mML3RY

Abroad for the holidays!

Surreal is the best word to describe it.

. . .

So, I just spent Christmas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and all I can say is: “Well, that was different!”.
At first, I didn’t know how to feel about not being home, but I quickly realized that I wasn’t alone (staying in a hostel definitely helped that).
I discovered that being abroad for Christmas is kinda surreal.
I won’t say that I didn’t get a little homesick (my brain kept telling me that it wasn’t normal, not to have snow for Christmas).
But, after the initial shock, it felt a little surreal to be able to say: “Merry Christmas!” while standing under a palm tree.

. . .

If you are planning to go abroad for the holidays, here’s what I learned during my experience:
At first, you will feel like you are missing out from your home traditions, but that’s why you need to learn as much as you can about these new traditions surrounding you.
Learning about these new traditions will help you notice all the similarities, and differences. The differences will make you want to celebrate this new & exciting holiday to learn more about it.

So, in conclusion, don’t think: “I miss my traditions.”.
Think: “Wow, this is interestingly and excitingly different!”.
And, remind yourself why you decided to travel abroad during this time of year!

Merry Christmas from Argentina!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

In my thoughts…

There’s so much happening up there.
All the time.
It never shuts off.
It’s always running at a million miles an hour.

I wish it would just turn off.
I need a break.
From all of them.
I just want peace for a minute.

I just can’t anymore

They don’t even agree with each other

They’re all over the place

I don’t know how to respond

. . .

It feels so much better.
When it finally slows down,
And let’s me breathe.


Thanks for reading!
And, remember to consistently take time for yourself because your brain needs it in order to recharge, and be ready to give 100%!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

I have a question…

I said that phrase SO MANY (more like TOO MANY) times when I was living in Chile.


Or, at least, that’s what I told myself because I thought I was getting annoying, but, turns out people didn’t mind answering my questions; and I learned so much by asking all those questions during those 3 months.

Ask all the questions you could possibly ask in a day. It’s the only way you’ll learn and remember anything!

Asking questions will get you so much farther than thinking you know everything ever will!

This post: Una Publicación en Español

Was not just written overnight. It took 3 months of hard work and dedication.


You see, I lived in Chile for 3 months and asked way more than 10 questions per day about the language and culture. And, I did my best to speak Spanish as much as I could, whenever I could. And, one day, a few weeks before I was set to depart, my chilean family told me that my Spanish had improved since they first met me, months ago. And, they told me that I speak well (when I finally have enough courage to say something), which made me happy and proud of myself because it was the moment I realized it was all worth it, and that I definitely wanted to continue learning Spanish. So, I decided to write a short post to show myself how far I came in those 3 months full of questions and doubts (those questions and doubts led to fluency).


At first, I was super afraid of being judge for my accent and my knowledge of the language because whenever I didn’t know something I didn’t feel worthy to speak the language. And, so, for the first few weeks I didn’t say much, I just observed. And, soon after, I decided to start asking people about the things I didn’t know. And, whether or not I got a serious answer, I would inevitably learn something, everyday. So, I did this everyday, for 3 months. And, by the end, I was having conversations in Spanish.


I spoke Spanish.

I heard Spanish.

I saw spanish.

I listened to music in Spanish.

I watched movies in Spanish.

I participated in Spanish conversations.

I lived in a Spanish country; I lived Spanish (Chilean), for 3 months.

Instead of telling myself that I wasn’t worthy of speaking the language or that I would just be made fun of, so I shouldn’t try to learn the language; I told myself to ask at least 1 question per day (that quickly turned into 10). And, before I knew it I was becoming fluent in Spanish.


So, my point in sharing that story was to tell you that, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel dumb, and you feel like you’re not worthy of knowing the answer, or you’re scared of not being good enough; just start Asking all the questions and Learn something new everyday!

Thanks for reading! And remember:

You must strive to better yourself everyday because you’ll soon realize that, deep down, you knew the answers all along.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Home after living abroad!?

Coming back home after living abroad for a time is not easy!

. . .

Yup, Reverse Culture Shock! It’s a real thing!

. . .

So, I’ve only been back from Chile for about a week now and the only way I can describe coming home after living abroad for a time is: “weird” & “confused”.
In Chile, everything felt so normal. Living there just felt like normal living, but now everything I do here seems weird and different.
For example: It’s dark outside right now (@8pm which is 2hours earlier than I’m used to, but that’s not the point). So, it’s dark and I just turned on the lights in my room and it actually made the room so much brighter, like almost unbearably bright. It’s like I wasn’t even used to light anymore (except for natural sunlight, I saw that everyday).
But, why did this light just give me a headache?
-“confusing”
Or, another example: I went to the grocery store the other day (to get one thing) and I could barely find it (it took me a good 10minutes of wandering around before I found it). Everything seemed to be in a different place then what I became used to in Chile.
And, that’s not all.
I think one other thing that makes coming home even “weirder” and more “confusing” is that now I’m comparing things from Chile to here, but I didn’t compare things from here in Chile.
So, why am I doing it now?
-“weird”

. . .

Yes, home feels familiar and looks pretty much the same, but there are a few things that are different that you can’t understand why they changed, but they just did. In the (what felt like a short amount of) time that you were away, so much has changed, yet somehow, everything is still the same.
It’s pretty hard to describe this “factor” because the things that seem like they changed only seem different to you because your brain has “evolved” (it’s like it’s playing tricks on you). It’s tricking into thinking home is different because you are no longer fully consumed by every little thing that happens at home because you’ve seen things/problems much bigger.

Your new perspective is showing you not to consume yourself with little things at home because the world is so much bigger than your little problems and there are many more & bigger problems in the world!

Culture shock, or even Reverse culture shock, is not something that should stop you from traveling!
I think culture shock and reverse culture shock are important things to notice and feel when traveling because they make you more aware of yourself and the world around you!

Here’s a picture that I think well-describes culture shock and reverse culture shock:
#9 should make you want to travel (it does for me)!

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Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂


P.S. Here’s the link to my other posts about my experiences in Chile: My Trip to Chile! 🇨🇱
And, here’s the link to my YouTube videos about my adventures in Chile: My Trip to Chile! (Playlist)

It all makes sense…

I finally understand everything that happened before this trip.

. . .

So, here I am. I made it to Chile! I am living in this beautiful country, teaching English and learning Spanish with my host family. The process to get here was long, but definitely worth it! But, there are still days that feel pretty long because Chileans do things a little differently. They’re much more relaxed and never rush to do anything (And, I mean ANYTHING).
So, it took me a while to adapt to their lifestyle.
And, when I first got here I was pretty frustrated because I thought I wasn’t using my time here wisely (I was always waiting for a store to open or for the community pool to open).
I felt like my days were being wasted, and I wasn’t seeing as much as possible. And, on top of that, I never knew when my host family wanted to learn English because they never told me when was the best time (I asked them countless times this question and I tried starting lessons at different times in the day, but nothing seemed to work).
But, then I thought about it, and realized that the faster I could adapt to their lifestyle, the more I would enjoy my time here, and the more English I would be able to teach them.
And, since that realization, that’s what I’ve been trying to do, but it’s proven to be very difficult because I need to rewire the parts of my brain that tell me that 6pm is a little late to drive to the next town to do something, and instead say 6pm is actually (apparently) early. Or, that 10 pm is late for an English lesson, when it’s actually proven to be the best time.

Adapting to a new culture is more difficult than it seems, and it takes a lot of work and patience,
but it’s definitely worth it!

. . .

Starting over in a new country has proven to be more difficult
than I originally thought.

But, it’s a very interesting & exciting new experience.

 

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you ever move to another country or simply just visit for a time, I recommend adapting to the time difference and the lifestyle as quickly as possible, in order to make the most of your time/trip.
And, if you ever feel frustrated with something in a new country, just have patience because in the end you are in their country and they are just living their normal everyday life!

Patience and Perseverance are the best ways to adapt to a new culture!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

An hour into my day!

The following post is just one hour into my day (through 15 minute intervals),
today-January 28, 2018.

. . .

I’m going to start with the hour during & after lunch.

15:30 – Lunch time (by the way, I’m currently living in Chile & that is a normal lunch time). Today for lunch, I ate: stew with potatoes triangles, grated carrots, short-grain white rice, beef chunks, and minced garlic.
And, normally, I’m not a huge fan of stew, but this tasted pretty good (that could also be because I didn’t eat breakfast, but either way, it was good).

15:45 – Still just eating the stew, while listening to Spanish conversations and trying my hardest to understand them.
My brain is starting to get used to hearing Spanish (it’s not as foreign anymore, like during my first week here), but now, I need to train it to pick-up on important words to understand part of the conversation, so I’m not always completely lost (I think I’m slowly getting better at this).

16:00 – Lunch is over now and everyone is just doing their own things.
And, I get introduced to the world of “Samsung VR” for the first time.
And, I can definitely say that it’s VERY interesting, and addicting! It’s a whole new world! And, it’s really hard to explain because it consists’ of a headset/mask that you put on and only you can see what’s happening on the screen, so the experience is different for everyone. But, I can say that it’s definitely worth experiencing, at least once in your life!

16:15 – Still stuck in the Virtual Reality world! I told myself to explore it for a few minutes before going to take advantage of the beautiful sun and heat outside.

16:30 – Left the VR world, to go take a walk outside, under the beautiful sun and in the amazing 35 degree heat in January!
It’s so beautiful and peaceful; with the wind blowing, the birds chirping, the cars honking, the palm trees swaying, the kids playing, the people chatting and going places. Everything and everyone around me is enjoying their summer vacation and weather, and so am I. I love it here!
P.S. That “walk” lasted 2 hours. I just explored random things and walked around and bought souvenirs.

And, that was an hour insight into my day, today; January 28, 2018.

Thanks for reading!
Let me know, in the comments below, if you like these types of posts.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Strange, yet Fascinating! 

Wow! That went by quick! 2 weeks to living in Chile-in the books! I can’t believe it’s already, and only, been two weeks. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but yet, it also feels like I’ve done so much.

. . .

This year (2018) has already been a crazy year, all about doing strange & fascinating things (and it’s still only January)

. . .

From: 
Listening to people speak so fast in Spanish.
To:
Living in another country (alone).
Not a thing about this year has been normal (compared to all the past year’s of my life). 

. . .

Seriously, though, listening to people speak another language has become so fascinating to me because they do it with such ease (obviously I know it’s their native language), yet for me to follow along, takes a lot (and I mean an extra amount) of effort. 

And, every time I listen to people speak Spanish, it’s so fascinating to think that that’s how I sound to them when I speak English. 

. . .

And, as if listening wasn’t hard enough, when I think I know what they’re talking about, I’m usually wrong because I missed an important word or part of the conversation. 

. . .

Living here in Chile is like being a kid all over again and needing to start over at 0 & learn how to speak all over again & train my ears to listen to a foreign language as if it’s normal. 

But, I’ve asked myself this question multiple times since living here:

“Exactly, how, do you learn & become fluent in a completely new language as an adult?” 

And, if you came here for answers, I’m sorry but I’m still figuring out the answer myself, but I can say: 

Part of it is because our brain isn’t as fresh as it was when we were babies, so it’s harder for you to soak up and retain things & catch on to the tones in peoples voices.

So, you end up having a slight accent when you speak because that’s what you grew up hearing and that’s what your brain thinks words should sound like. And because you have an accent, you feel subconscious about speaking, in fear of being made fun of. And because of that fear, you just don’t speak, and you never practice, and you never learn.

So, what I’m trying to say is, that if you are trying to learn a new language:

Don’t be afraid to speak it because that’s truly the only way you will even come close to fluency in that language. 

But, let me warn you, it will take a long time. 

But, it will definitely be worth it! 

Thanks for reading! 
Now get out there and go learn a new language & don’t give up on it!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

¡Summer in January?

Yup, it’s JANUARY and, I can go outside wearing shorts, a tank-top, and flip flops.
It’s JANUARY and, I don’t need to bundle-up to go outside and shovel snow.
It’s JANUARY and, I can be outside without freezing / getting frostbite.
It’s JANUARY and, it’s sunny & +30 degrees Celsius.
I keep having to remind myself that it’s JANUARY.

. . .

My whole life, the month of January has been my least favorite month because it’s always so cold (like -20 degrees Celsius), that being here (in Chile) under the +30 degree Celsius sun is just crazy and somehow weird (in a good way).
I’m definitely not used to starting the year with this weather.

I mean… Seriously though, in my brain, the month of January is connected with the cold and the snow, but right now, my body is in this beautiful tropical climate.
That confuses my brain (a lot!).

And, even though sometimes I forget what month it is, I LOVE it!
What a great way to start 2018!


Thanks for reading!

Answer the following question in the comments (if you want):
What does your January 2018 look like?

& post a picture (if you want)!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Santiago, Chile – Day 1 

So, I’ve officially boarded the plane to Chile. And, all I want to do right now is sleep because it’s currently 01:00 (please consider this when reading the following post)

For those of you interested, I’m flying in a Boeing 777-300ER. And, it’s a completely full flight. But, even though I will be squished in this plane for 10 hours, I am absolutely pumped to land in Chile. Right now, I’m really tired, but I know that once I land, I will catch a second wind of energy. 

3 hours later…

I just woke up to the sound of my ear buds playing Spanish music and the smell of breakfast coming. These sounds and smells made me even more excited, (but also a little nervous) for the adventure ahead. I’m excited (and nervous) to see if I learned enough Spanish, and to see what it’s like to live in another country. 

2 hours later… (landed)

Well. I’m here, standing on the porch of my hostal room. And, can I just say that as soon as I landed, culture shock (& the heat) hit me like a brick. 

I mean, I’ve been preparing for this trip for a while, but still, nothing could have prepared me for this surprise for the following reasoms:

1- I’m coming from winter weather (-10) to Mediterranean summer weather (+30).

2- My brain didn’t realize how fast people actually speak Spanish. They understand me and then think I’m fluent, so they speak faster which makes all my conversations lasts maximum 5 minutes. 

. . . 

So, it’s 22:00 on my first day (technically half day) here in Chile. (Landed at 13:00 & didn’t get to my hostal until 14:30). And, since then, I’ve just been walking around discovering everything I can, until I crash for the night. 

Seriously though, I am SO tired (12 hours of flying later). I was ready to go to bed at 20:00, but I’m trying to get over jetlag as quickly as possible because I have a busy and exciting 3 months ahead of me. 

And, even though all I did today was walk around and visit the local grocery store, I feel like I already learned a lot about the culture.

. . . 

Well, that’s my journey here and my first thoughts during my first day in Santiago, Chile.  I’m going to sleep now, so tomorrow can be an even better day. 

¡Buenos Noches!

P.S. I don’t know if I’ll actually continue writing these everyday day with day 1, day 2 and so on; but for now, let’s say so. 

Thanks for reading! 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Smile! / Why I write? 

Even just a simple smile can turn your day around! 

. . .

It’s true!

Try it out: Next time you’re having a bad day, just force out a little grin and see how your mood changes slightly, and then start smiling more and more throughout the day!

It really does help your mood (even just slightly)!

I’m not exactly sure why it helps, but it really does.

I think it has something to do with how, when we smile we release some sort of happy chemical to our brain, which flips a switch in our brain and turns our day brighter! 

. . .

When I first started this blog, it was just a place for my thoughts. My main purpose was just to make people Smile and think!

But, as I continued to write, I still want to put a smile on your faces and encourage you, as well as, share stories from my adventures to give you more hope, happiness, and maybe even a desire to travel more (because it truly is the best decision you could ever make).

. . .

Anyways, all this to say that, with this link: ShineText  you can sign up for an amazing service that sends you daily motivation and inspiration right to your phone.

And, it’s completely FREE!

There might be clouds out now, covering you, but you just have to keep shinning; eventually you will make it through!


Thanks for reading!

And, remember; Stay inspired & Never give up!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂