Forget performance. Such a beautiful concept of true love from God!
It’s so amazing to fully experience this simplicity.
How can it be real to display hope, care, and trust with one simple word?
The simplest form of true vulnerability in one simple word.
Just one simple word is all it takes to display His deepest nature.
That’s the simple form of this true love that remains uncomplicated.
Don’t overthink it. Childlike simplicity. That is all it takes.
This poem was inspired by events from my past week at a camp I volunteered at…
Quick backstory: This camp I’m referring to is for children in the foster care system / from broken homes. It’s a week for these kids to come as they are, where they can forget their worries / tough lives, and just have fun, while experiencing and being surrounded by this true Love. So, while getting ready to go to this camp, I was advised to remain strong because these kids could be violent / rude / closed-off from others (especially authority figures). So, I started the first day with this expectation that I would get hit or yelled at by children (maybe a little harsh; but I had no idea what to expect). And, although that did happened a few times (it happened a lot less than I was expecting), I actually started to see so much love in these kids. And, I quickly realized that if I operated out of fear / uncertainty around these kids, they could sense it, and wouldn’t be able to fully trust me. So, as soon as I just simply started operating with God’s love, I started seeing so much love in these kids. A love that was there all along, but was hiding behind brokenness and fear.
And, in that moment, when I saw so much simple love come out of such little people, with so much brokenness and fear, I fully experienced Love in it’s simplest form. I truly realized that, if these kids (with all they’ve been through) can still have so much love to give; then how much more can I give?
Thanks for reading!
Alternate title : “Love Uncomplicated” inspired by this song
Here I am! Ready for this new experience! Open to new challenges! I have made room for new lessons! I am here! And, I am ready (bring on 2020)!
I am currently in the process of going to study abroad in Australia. By “in the process” I mean; I’ve already spoken to the school, and sent my tuition deposit. And, I have been approved for a 10 months student visa (2020 in Australia, here I come). So, the only paperwork I have left is to purchase my flight ticket!!!
And, although I’ve already travelled to many foreign countries on my own, something about this process feels different somehow… …I feel like this experience is gonna change a lot more than just my perspective on a new culture. I feel like this experience is gonna change me, and my whole perspective on LIFE! And, for some reason, that makes me kinda nervous. Traveling abroad for leisure on my own to see a new country, and culture has a different feeling than going to study and live in another country. But, I am still very grateful that I’ve already solo traveled abroad because it lowers some of the nerves.
And, although, I’m going to be leaving in about 6 weeks from now, I’m not fully ready to share exactly what I’ll be doing yet.
All I can say is that, it’s gonna be an amazing, life changing experience, and I can’t wait to share all about it!!!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll follow along with me on this new, life-changing journey!
Hi! I guess if you read this far; I can give you a hint as to what I’ll be doing: Promo Video
I am alive! I am anxious! I am beautiful! I am blessed! I am changed! I am cleansed! I am changing! I am daring! I am excited! I am exploring! I am experiencing! I am filled! I am following! I am failing! I am growing! I am helping! I am imperfect! I am joyful! I am kind! I am loved! I am learning! I am living! I am leading! I am listening! I am marvelled! I am motivated! I am nervous! I am open! I am planning! I am quiet! I am questioning! I am renewed! I am skilled! I am smiling! I am thinking! I am trusting! I am thanking! I am trying! I am unique! I am valiant! I am worthy! I am xenial! (hospitable) I am youthful! I am zealous!
I AM READY!!!
From a – z, through the good & the bad, I am here, & I am ready, for anything!
First impressions: The seat is comfortable (hopefully I get some sleep). The bathroom is nice & clean, and almost triple the size of an air plane bathroom. There’s a nice lounge area and snack bar with wifi (a little slow though). So far, it’s a pretty positive review (I’ll say more after I get some sleep).
And, that’s my first impressions during my first ever hour on a train. Let’s see how the next 20 hours go…
Before going to sleep, I ate some takeout (from thai express) that I bought before getting on the train. And, looking back now, this was a GREAT idea because the next day I had to buy food on the train, NOT a great idea (items and prices below).
10 hours later… (after a “weird” night’s sleep)
I was only able to sleep for a minimum of 2 hours at a time. But, when I did get some rem sleep (from 12:30 am – 5:00 am), it was pretty decent (although a little bumpy and shaky). But, all in all, I was able to close my eyes for a few hours, so I’ll call it a win (even though I’m still pretty tired).
When I woke up, I was feeling a little stiff (from sleeping curled up in a ball on my seat), so I went to the lounge car to get breakfast, and do some stretches. Unlike a plane, there is room on a train if you need to stand and stretch, so that’s a plus. But, one downside is that, if you don’t bring your own blanket on a train, they don’t give them out or sell any, so my night was a little cold (which I also think is why I didn’t sleep too well).
While eating breakfast, I decided to catch up on some stuff (like emails, Instagram, and I started writing this post).
After breakfast I went back to my seat and took a 2 hour nap (trying to catch up for the missed rem sleep from the night before). Woke up again around 11:30 and made my way back to the lounge car for lunch.
After lunch, I continued writing this post in the lounge before returning to my seat. I still have 5 hours to go (but luckily for me I will arrive before supper, so no more buying overpriced food).
I ended up taking another nap when I went back to my seat. And, when I woke up the train was almost at the station, so I just looked out the window at the colourful trees. Fall is a great season to take the train because if you get bored, you can always just look out the window at the beautiful landscape.
My final thought about my first 21 hour train journey is: BE PREPARED! Even if you think you might not need something, just take it! It’s better to be over prepared than be miserable for a full day on a train.
Here’s a list of things I wish I had taken with me on the train:
More snacks (train food is overpriced)
A blanket & pillow
A book (the internet isn’t fast enough to download anything)
Already downloaded things (enough movies or podcasts to last a few hours)
Here’s a list of things I’m glad I brought on the train:
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Eye mask (they don’t turn off the lights)
Noise cancelling earbuds (it’s loud, especially when the horn goes off near every station)
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you know more about what to expect & bring for your next overnight train adventure!
The peace, the mountains, the small town vibe, the locals, the tourists, the cafes, the hiking trails, the lakes, etc…
From every little thing; living in a small national park town is: “interesting”. I can say from experience that it’s not for everyone, but everyone should definitely try to experience it at least once. You can really learn a lot! I’ve lived in a small national park town for a year now (6 months at a time), and I can truly say that each time, I’ve learned something new. The first time, I didn’t like it so much, and I kept saying: “too small, not for me.”. But, the second time, I was better prepared. I was mentally ready to enjoy the peace, hiking, cafes, tourists, locals, and everything that you get to experience when living in a small national park town. And, so, I decided to make a video showing what it’s like to live, & work in a small national park town.
From arriving safely at your destination, to exploring your destination… When traveling alone, there are A LOT of things to think about… and, one of the most important, and overlooked thing is PACKING! So, here are some tips about packing that I’ve learned throughout my many solo travels:
1- Pack light You’re traveling alone; you don’t want to worry about carrying 2 bags and lugging around 2 suitcases. Save yourself the stress, and pack just 1 suitcase and 1 bag.
2- Check the weather! You most likely don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe. And, if you do forget anything, you can probably find at your destination (and, it can count as a great souvenir).
3- What are you going for? Are you going to be at the beach everyday? Are you going hiking a lot? Are you going in the mountains?
4- What kind of trip? Is it for business? Are you going for vacation? Are you going to visit friends/family? For how long?
5- How are you going to pack?
Will you choose the fold or roll method? This tip is very controversial. But, after personally trying both methods, multiple times, for different trips, I’ve come to the conclusion that the FOLD method is 100% easier and much more effective for any type of trip. It also takes much less room in your suitcase, and keeps your clothes much more organized, and less wrinkly.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post helps you pack effectively for your next adventure because packing effectively is the start to an amazing experience because it can take away some of the stress of traveling!
P.S. This post was inspired by my next adventure (departing: tomorrow)! So, stay tuned for more adventure posts (and, to find out where I’m going)!
When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.
When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.
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The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.
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While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.
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So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life. And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).
Wow! I can’t believe I’ve lived in South America for a total of 7 months.
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Half a year of living on another continent. Half a year of learning another language. Half a year of living in another culture.
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It’s crazy to think about all the things I’ve done / learned in the past 7 months. And, I couldn’t possibly explain them all in one post. So, instead, here’s a list of 7 things I learned during my experience living in South America for 7 months:
1. This first one’s obvious: I couldn’t live in South America without learning Spanish! I’ve learned a lot of Spanish, and realized that I love learning languages! See post: Foreign Language Classes Abroad!
2. I learned a lot about budget traveling, and how to budget with foreign currency. See post: Budget Travel Tip #1!
3. I learned how to successfully, and happily spend the holidays while solo traveling abroad. See post:Abroad for the holidays!
4. I learned a lot about Patience. So much so, that I think it might be a separate post. Coming soon! 😉
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to travel, & step out of your comfort zone because it’s truly the best decision you will ever make. And, although, traveling comes with ups and downs, one thing is for sure, I don’t regret one minute of my time abroad.
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!
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!
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!
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:
YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO DO EVERYTHING, BUT THAT’S OKAY!
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So, a few days ago, I went out with the expectation of doing a tour of a really tall, historical palace in Buenos Aires, and towards the end of the tour you get to go to the very top to get a full 360 view of the city. I was super excited for this adventure, to learn more history, and honestly, to get a good Instagram picture. But, when I arrived I learned that it was WAY out of my budget, and I really could not afford it (if I wanted to eat that week). So, with a saddened heart, I decided not spend that money (food is more important). But, also because budget traveling is all about planning your adventures, and choosing which ones are worthwhile, and which ones you could live without. And, sure, it wasn’t easy turning down this great adventure, but I quickly realized that I would be able to do and see so much more with that money. Saving that money will actually help me go to another country, so in the long run, it will be worth it because I’ll get to see another country, instead of a view of a city that I can walk around and explore.
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So, that’s my budget travel lesson for you. ~ You won’t be able to afford to do everything that looks fun and exciting, but that’s okay because you’re still be in another country. You can explore and learn about that country by exploring the streets and finding free tours. ~ Free; the budget travelers’ favorite word. Don’t get discouraged when you can’t afford to do something you really want to do. Just remember that you are still experiencing another culture, and that’s pretty amazing! So, just get out there and explore!
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Oh, and by the way, I might not have been able to afford that tour and amazing view, but a few days later, I found a great view of the city for literally 7 times cheaper. So, the real lesson here is to search for all your options.
Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you realize that budget traveling might not be glamorous, but it’s definitely worth it! You can still have an amazing experience and adventure in a foreign country on a budget! Don’t let that stop you from traveling abroad (you’ll learn more traveling on a budget than you would if you could afford all the fancy hotels)!
So, I realize I said that posting more on my blog was one of my new years resolutions (and this is only my second post), but I promise I have a lot of posts coming (they’re all written down, just not posted yet…).
Just know that I haven’t given up on my resolutions, I’m actually really working on them everyday (and I hope you’re still keeping up with yours). 😊
And, before my next post (maybe in Spanish) about my adventures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, check out a post I wrote for another blog about my experience taking Spanish classes in Argentina!
Update on this blog, and my life: A new chapter is starting very soon (Dec. 5)!
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I am “moving” to Argentina! I say: “moving” because I will be living there for a minimum of 3 months (possibly, longer). And, although I’m nervous and a little sad (as this will be my first Christmas away from home); I’m also super excited because I have no idea what amazing things this next chapter will bring. These mixed emotions inspired the following poem:
Remember, that: Good things never come, from comfort zones!
You can’t, and you shouldn’t, hide from fear!
You should; Step out and, face your fears!
Do all – those things – that scare you!
Live your life, to the fullest and, never let fears take over!
You can do so much, more than you think! All you have to do is…
…Seek discomfort! And, step out of your comfort zone because you will see amazing things happen in your life!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. I will be blogging about my experience, and adventures as much as I can, so, I hope you will join me in this new chapter, and live these adventures with me through my posts!
P.P.S. My future posts will probably not be as consistent, so, if you don’t want to wait for a post, follow me on Instagram for more real-time updates!
Oh, also, big, exciting news! I have a Patreon!!! And, if you become one of my patrons, I will send you a postcard from this adventure in Argentina! Click the following link to check it out, and sign up to receive a postcard: https://www.patreon.com/nowboarding
…So, this post is from 5 months ago when I lived in Chile… I finally decided to share it because it’s from the day I decided to take a spontaneous trip from my “hometown (Quillota)” to the town of Los Angeles.
So, it all started March 9, 2018 at 8pm when I decided to start exploring more of this beautiful country. So, I got up and headed to the bus station in Quillota, where I would take the 2 hour bus ride to Santiago.
I arrived in Santiago at 10pm, and waited to take the 11pm bus to Los Angeles.
That means I arrived in Los Angeles around 5am, and up to this time I had not thought of what I’d do when I arrived that early (I thought I wouldn’t arrive until at least mid-day), but I was still on a high from spontaneously deciding to take this trip, so I didn’t think much about it.
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So, I arrived at the Los Angeles bus terminal at 5am, and nothing around was open.
So, I decided to copy the people around me (the 5 other people in the bus station – a family of 3, a women with a lot of bags and suitcases, and a business man).
So, I found a bench in the terminal, put my headphones on, and laid down to take a nap.
But, I wasn’t really tired, so I just listened to my music, and tried to keep myself warm – because at 5am in Chile, the temperature drops down below 10 degrees…It goes from 35 to below 10; which is a pretty drastic difference, and makes one feel the cold (so, I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t stop shivering).
When I saw other buses and people arriving in the terminal, I realized I had been laying on the bench for at least 2 hours, and let me tell you, it wasn’t very comfortable.
As soon as I saw a small glimpse of sunlight through the bus terminal window, I got up and ventured out into town, and searched for breakfast. But, since it was barely 8am, (in Chile grocery stores don’t open until at least 10am), I couldn’t get breakfast for another 2 hours.
So, there I was, in an unknown town with nothing to do but explore, and watch the sun rise(which turned out to be pretty amazing).
And, that’s exactly what I did – I walked from one end of town to the other (it wasn’t a very big town), enjoying this exciting, and spontaneous adventure to Los Angeles, Chile.
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Although, the walk was great, and the sunrise was beautiful, I was still a little cold (I was used to the 35 degree heat), and my feet were starting to hurt (really bad), I continued to explore this town at dawn (the beauty of a new town, this early, helped me forget the cold, and the pain).
So, with nothing open, and being a small town, the streets were very quiet, which felt weird (even in Quillota there’s noise at night), but it was kinda nice and peaceful to experience a small town in another country, this early in the morning.
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After ~2 hours of exploring, just aimlessly walking around, and watching the sunrise (and getting kicked out of a hotel – …see below…), I found the first grocery store to open, and immediately went inside.
But, before even looking for breakfast, I just stood inside realizing how cold I’d actually gotten – being outside in below 10 degree weather since 4am I’d started to adjust.
I eventually started walking down the isles of the grocery store thinking of what I wanted for breakfast… (I had no idea, so, I ended up just buying some staple foods like: bread, manjar, bananas, water, and some Chilean treats…).
But, as I was walking to the elevator to leave, the front desk agents saw me and thought I was being suspicious. So, after they questioned me, I told them I was leaving, and that I just wanted to see the view. But, they still called their manager, which is when I realized I could’ve just asked before I went up (but from what other people said, it seemed like it was ok). After they called their manager, I patiently waited, as to not cause any more trouble, and then they escorted me out (I felt weird in the moment, but at least I got a story out of it from my trip to Los Angeles, Chile when I felt like a little rebel :D).
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With breakfast purchased, I headed back outside.
It was now past 10:30am, so it was warming up with the sun, and people were waking up and going about their day.
As I was standing outside of the grocery store enjoying the warmth of the sun, my feet still screaming in pain, I set out to find a park (or plaza, as they call it in Chile) to sit down and eat my breakfast. And, although I had passed many during my walk this morning, it took me a while to find it again.
I eventually found a beautiful plaza where I finally sat down.
While warming up under the sun and eating breakfast, I just watched people go about their day. It was interesting to just sit there and watch people in this new, small town because for a moment, I forgot I was in Chile. It all just seemed and felt normal.
After I had warmed up and ate breakfast, I connected to the internet (in Chile every town has a plaza with free wifi). I took some pictures of the sunrise and posted them on Instagram, texted my host family to let them know I made it, and texted my family back home to show them where I was.
After finishing breakfast, and checking social media, I ventured out again.
This time I went to find the mall, and coffee.
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A few minutes later, I walked into the mall (it was bigger than you’d expect for a small town), and immediately headed to the food court to find coffee (I was tired from only 3 hours of sleep on the bus).
I got a great cup of coffee and did some more people watching in the mall to see if the plaza was only a similar feeling because I was tired, but this also felt very normal (maybe even more).
By this time it was ~11am, so there were more people around, and more places open, and everything just seemed normal (I barely felt like I was in Chile – until I heard people speaking Spanish…).
Once I finished my coffee, I headed back to the bus terminal because my goal when coming to Los Angeles was to go to Saltos del Laja (the Niagara falls of Chile – that’s how my hostfamily explained it to me), which is 30mins from Los Angeles.
At 13:00, I finally got on the bus to Saltos del Laja (my bucket list item was about to be checked off!).
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30 minutes later, I arrived in Saltos del Laja.
The falls were visible from the highway, but to get to the base of them, I had to climb down a hill. And, I made it to the falls (bucket list item: check).
The falls were incredible, and I couldn’t believe I actually made it! (the long journey, and little bit of pain & cold were SOOOOO worth it)! If you’re ever in Chile, I really recommend going to Saltos del Laja!
When I got to the base of the falls, I just sat down staring at the falls eating my last banana from breakfast.
I think I must’ve sat there staring at the falls for a good hour because when I left the falls I was a little damp from the mist coming off them, and a big group of tourists were making their descent to the falls.
After saying “Hi!” to the English speaking tourists (it was nice to hear English :D), I decided it was time to get up, and check out the vendor shops I passed on my way down the hill. (I ended just buying a sticker of the falls, and a Chilean bracelet).
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It was a few minutes past 16:00 when I arrived back in Los Angeles, and since the next bus back to Santiago wasn’t until 18:00, I decided to go explore a little more and buy a / some snacks for the bus ride back.
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That night/morning, I arrived in Santiago SO LATE/EARLY (1am), and the next bus to Quillota didn’t leave until 7am (this is when the spontaneous high started wearing-off…I just wanted to get back now that I checked the falls off my bucket list…I was tired…to say the least).
So, what could I do for ~6 hours, this early in the morning in Santiago?
Yup, you guessed it, I walk around and explored Santiago at night/early morning.
My feet were still in a little pain from Los Angeles walking, but I couldn’t stay at the bus terminal because they were closed, and taxi drivers were insisting on driving me to a hotel (and I think they were raising the price). So, because I didn’t want to pay for a hotel room for less than 6 hours, I told them I would just walk to a hotel (that was my “little white lie” for the day…my bad – But, I just wanted them to stop asking me where I was going…so I left). Spoiler alert: I didn’t walk to a hotel!
Luckily for me, Santiago is still pretty alive at night, so I wasn’t the only person in the streets (let alone the only traveler / backpacker in the streets). While walking around for a couple of hours enjoying the Santiago nightlife, I only found one corner store open (where I just bought a bottle of water for my night exploring in Santiago), not much else was open. So, guess what I did next… You’ll literally never guess…
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While exploring, and discovering a lot of landmarks in Santiago, I found a Starbucks!
…It wasn’t open, but…
I sat down outside of it, and used the internet for a few hours (at least it’s not as cold in Santiago, so I didn’t freeze sitting there).
And, I was only an hour away from the bus terminal I had to go to, to take the bus to Quillota in a few hours.
So, I sat there (at this Starbucks on a random street in Santiago) for a couple of hours (from ~3am to ~5am) using the internet (checking social media), thinking about the past 24 hour adventure. And, I started writing this story because this was a very crazy, spontaneous, and memorable experience.
If I had planned this trip, Iprobably would’ve stayed at a hotel somewhere, and had a better itinerary with more stops.
But, it was so last minute that I literally just put some stuff in a backpack because I wanted to check the waterfalls off my bucket list once and for all.
Sometimes the best trips are the ones that happen spontaneously. (And, this is what that was because I will truly never forget this trip!)
Happy ending to this crazy trip:
After using the internet at Starbucks, the sun was starting (just barely) to rise, so I made my way to the bus terminal, and took a bus back to Quillota, and I made it back to my host family’s home at 11am (just in time for a nice, delicious breakfast – which was cereal…but it was the best cereal ever :D).
And, after breakfast, I immediately went to sleep (I was super exhausted from only 3 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours, and sore from all the walking). I slept that entire day, until 20:00 (but it was so worth it!).
It might have been a crazy / unplanned / painful / exhausting / spontaneous trip in the moment, but, I will never forget this trip because it was one of the best, and most eye-opening trips I’ve ever taken (alone).
If you read this until the end; Thank you for reading this long post about my adventure to Los Angeles / Saltos del Laja, Chile!
I hope it inspired you to take a spontaneous trip somewhere new (I recommend doing at least a little bit of planning).
What was one of your craziest adventures? (comment your story below)
-LiveForAdventure! 🙂 (I definitely lived for adventure on this trip!)
“It’s a big world out there!” . “Wow, what a small world!” . ^ Two very different sayings that, somehow, both make sense!
Here’s a “poem” that I wrote, trying to explain that fact:
The world is huge
There’s only ONE world
But, it’s a BIG world
7.6 billion people
On ONE “small” planet
And you haven’t even methalf of them!
Think about that!
And you’re here..
In your “small” town,
With MUCH less than a half a tenth of 7.6 billion!
The world is NOT small!
It’s the complete opposite!
At least once!
In your entire lifetime!
Take a plane,
To a foreign country –
Meet new people,
Experience a different culture,
Smell different fresh air,
Feel different heat,
Experience a different way of life!
The other side of the world –
Does not need to be scary.
It can be interesting,
And super exciting!
And, then –
You’ll finally realize –
The real size of the world!
7.6 billion people!
In this “small” –
But, GIGANTIC world!
How is that possible?
That 7.6 billion people can –
Make this world feel small?
The only way to understand this –
Is to go to a foreign country,
And, meet some of those 7.6 billion people!
Thanks for reading!
If 7.6 billion people can live on this planet in “perfect” harmony, I think the world is pretty big! And, all I want to do is travel and meet as many of them as possible, to find out how similar we all really are on this planet we all call earth.
The sky… The clouds… The sun… Everything up there…
Just take a second, Go outside, And look up!
Looking up, At the sky, Always makes me feel happy, And rejuvenated.
Seeing planes, birds, jets… It all gives me hope!
That there’s so much more out there –
And, I want to explore it all!
I love the sky! I love to just look at it! I love just BEING up there, And looking down at everything, With a different perspective!
From up there, I can see everything! But, From down here, I only see as far as my eyes let me.
From up there, I can see things I never notice down here.
From up there, My problems seem to fade away – For a while. And I forget my life – Down here…
From up there, Everything seems in its’ perfect place. My mind is at ease – Thinking of my next destination! Looking down at my last destination! Knowing that great adventures are ahead!
From up there, I eagerly wait – To land again – In a new exciting country – Ready to explore a new culture!
From down here, I am constantly looking up, Thinking about when I will be up there again, Because I know – and hope, that it’s soon. So, I continue to look up!
Day after day! Keeping the hope! That something great is in store – To land in a new country! And, look up at the sky with a new perspective!
This “poem” was inspired by the fact that the world is under the same sky!
It’s crazy to think that wherever you are in the world, you are always looking at the same sky.
You can cross the entire world (from North America all the way down to New Zealand) & still be looking up at the same galaxy (same moon, stars, sun, clouds; same everything)! CRAZY!
The countries are vastly different, but one thing always stays consistent; the sky!
That’s one more reason why traveling is so exciting and interesting because you get to experience so many different cultures around the world while staying under the same sky! The world is small because we’re all under the same sky; but, it’s also huge because every country has it’s own culture.
Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there and explore the world; look at the sky from a different country and you’ll have a completely different perspective in life!
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!
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 Learnsomething 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.
“It’s history You can’t rewrite it You’re not meant to be trapped inside it Every tear brought you here Every sorrow gathered Yeah, it’s history And every mile mattered“
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Life is full of ups and downs…
it’s full of good decisions and bad decisions…
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Right now you’re either at a point in your life that you’re super proud of, or you’re telling yourself everyday that you’re a disappointment.
Things are either going your way or not quite what you want, but, either way you are always making decisions that will impact your tomorrow self. Those decisions could change your life in an instant (good or bad).
So, just remember that, next time you are faced with an important decision, just know that whatever you decide you will inevitably learn something from it.
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“Every Mile Matters!”
You see, travelers don’t get disappointed when they don’t see/do exaxtly what they wanted in a new country because they know that what they did see mattered and will probably lead to something else that will be unexpectedly amazing.
“Every decisions has an impact!”
Just like in life, you can’t get disappointed when you think you made a terrible mistake. You can’t wish you chose the other option; all you can do is live in the moment and learn from every decision you make each day.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you in some way! 🙂
I also copied my review of the program I did below:
Program: Teach English in a home-stay in Chile (for 3 months, in my case. But, you can choose from 1, 2 or 3 months.) My experience with this program was amazing! I loved every second of my life in Chile! I loved getting to know my host family, and watch their English improve more and more each day! I loved learning about their culture, and teaching them about mine! I loved getting to see another culture in action (while being completely submersed in it). The bond I formed with my host family during this program is the one thing I will never forget about this experience! My experience with this program changed my view on the world because it made me more aware of the world around me and how many things we take for granted each day (that other people barely even have access to). This experience also helped me strengthen my Spanish skills and my teaching skills; which are two things I now know I definitely want to use in the future. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone just looking to travel and make new friends abroad, while making a difference in such a simple, yet very important, way. Teaching English abroad is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
I hope that you find a great country to visit (and, maybe even a program) that’s perfect for you!
Have an amazing next adventure!
Oh, and, I hope that this video:My Trip to Chile! (Part 5)encourages you to travel to Chile (or even South America) because I 100% recommend it!
Coming back home after living abroad for a time is not easy!
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Yup, Reverse Culture Shock! It’s a real thing!
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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 somuch 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”
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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)!