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.
When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. But now, I love writing, and I love the community that comes with it. I also didn’t realize people would actually read my blog, let alone like it enough to nominate me for awards (I know these awards are not mandatory, so when I get nominated I always take the time to do it because I feel so grateful, and I want to keep the award train moving forward). So, thank you Emma & Nathan’s Travels. I really appreciate the nomination!
Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)
My answers to Emma & Nathan’s Travels Questions:
1- What is your favourite destination so far and why?
That’s a difficult question; there’s always one thing I love from every destination. But, if I had to choose, I would say: Belize (mostly because I went off the grid, with no connection for a week, and it felt great, and was very refreshing and relaxing). And, also because it’s a beautiful country that not enough people know about!
2- Why did you start, and why do you continue blogging?
I started blogging while I was living in the small town of Jasper, Alberta, Canada (for 6 months). I was working and living on site at a lodge in the middle of the highway/woods, with not much to do around (except for hiking, and thinking). And, I started thinking a lot about my purpose, which made me feel very insignificant. So, one day I decided it would be a good idea to start a blog (it always seemed interesting to me, and now I had time). At the time, the blog was a way to just write and share my thoughts to see if anyone else could relate. My first posts were not at all about traveling or inspirational, but I continued blogging because I started enjoying it (I never realized how much I actually liked writing, it seemed so boring in school). Now, it was actually fun! I continue blogging today because I love writing about my adventures, and sharing them with others. I love traveling and I want to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and travel as well. I also love reading and following other blogs. And, I love the small community I’ve formed, that follows my blog and adventures.
3- Is your blog as successful as it you’d hoped, or is it still a working progress?
Definitely still a work in progress. But, then again, I don’t really know how successful I planned for it to be. I started it on a whim, so I didn’t really think about the “success”. I just kinda liked having a place to write, where other people could read it, and hopefully get inspired. So, in that way, I guess you could say that it’s more successful now, than I originally thought because more people are reading my blog.
4- Upload your favourite photo from your blog and describe why.
I like this photo because it was one of my first pictures I posted on this blog. And, it was taken at the same time than when I started this blog. And, it depicts what I was feeling when I started this blog (small and insignificant). In a way, it’s my reminder of how far I’ve come (which I think is what the post with this pictures was about…).
5- Describe something about yourself that isn’t mentioned in your blogs.
My dream job is to become a flight attendant. It’s been my dream ever since I can remember (since I was 4 or 5 years old). I’ve always found it interesting and exciting. And, now I that I’ve traveled abroad more and learned more languages, I realize that it still really is my ultimate dream job.
6/7- How do you manage your time when it comes to blogging? Do you write posts and schedule them for publication or do you write as you go?
It depends. I don’t have a blogging schedule (I can post up to 10 times in a month, and then go a whole month without posting). If I have a lot of inspiration (and time), I will write a bunch of posts, and schedule them. But, if I’m busy, and only get inspired on the spot (like with this post), I will write and post it on the spot because I don’t want to forget (and it doesn’t deserve to be scheduled), so I write and post it as soon as possible.
A country I never imagined I’d actually end up visiting!
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To be honest, Uruguay was a country that was not specifically on my bucket list because I thought it was just another, small south american country, and I didn’t really see the point in visiting it. But, now that I’ve been there, I don’t understand that thought process anymore. Uruguay is beautiful!
Yes, it is an expensive country for tourists. But, you just need to set yourself a budget when you go there. Now, that I’ve been to Uruguay I am adding a bunch of others countries to my bucket list because I now realized that even if a country doesn’t ‘seem’ exciting or interesting, it probably is and will definitely be worth the visit.
My goal is to visit as many countries as possible, so now, if I ever doubt going to a country because I don’t think it’s ‘worth it’, I’ll remember that every country is worth it; to fulfill my goal, and to find something different in each country!
Look around. What do you see? Chaos or peace? Yelling or praying? What is surrounding you?
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Do you appreciate it all?
Or do you take advantage of it?
Are you humbled by it?
Or are you overlooking it all?
Do you care about others?
Or, do you say:
“Everyone for themselves!”
“You gotta make your own life!”
Are you a helper?
Or, a hater?
Do you appreciate the world we live in?
Or, do you constantly think it’s trash;
That we created,
And, you don’t think it can be cleaned up.
Are you an optimist?
Or, a pessimist?
Where do you draw the line?
Between, good and bad?
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Where SHOULD we draw the line?
Between, good and bad?
What defines “good”?
What makes something “bad”?
Is it in the perspective?
Or, is it just a fact?
Why are some things considered “good”?
And, other things considered “bad”?
Between killing and loving?
We know which is better,
by the way it feels.
But, what about?
Between loving or helping?
They both feel “good”..
But, can they really both BE “good”?
Think about it this way:
Some people don’t want help,
So, that’s their “bad” one; while others –
Don’t like love because they’ve never truly felt it.
So, can some things be, both, good and bad?
Is it really just all in the perspective of the person?
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There’s never just one way to look at something. There’s always a different perspective. There will always be someone with a different opinion, and, that’s what makes life so great & interesting. Meeting people with different perspectives, and, learning about their views on life.
That’s why I love to travel. It makes me feel so blessed. And, happy. And, accomplished.
I want to learn, and experience as many perspectives as I can, good and bad. So, I can see the world through a different type of blessed, and see how truly blessed I am.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to never take life for granted, and to:
Well, that was unexpected! Why did that happen? I feel so disconnected!
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Life throws plenty of plot twists. They are always confusing. And, they seem to always persist.
There’s no perfect reaction. But, that’s the point. They give you a new fascination.
It’s like reading a good book – Everything the characters do is surprising, but you keep reading, and don’t overthink or overlook.
You know, the author had a point. They were purposely plot twisting, to try to be interesting, and not disappoint.
That should always be our reaction – To unexpected moments in life. Instead of being confused, let’s learn from it, and take action.
Life is filled with the unexpected. Plot twists change the story of our lives, And, make us feel more connected.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to embrace the plot twists in your life! They are forming you into a better, stronger and even smarter person. The way you react to plot twists will guide your life!
“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.
Hi! How are you? Thanks again for waking up so early (6am) to chat/read. If you didn’t read last weekend’s coffee share, click here: Weekend coffee share…
“Black & White. The 2 most important colors to a writer.”
So, for this weekend’s coffee share, I’m going to share my thoughts about that ^ statement with you.
So, first, when people ask you: “Why do you write?” -What do you normally answer?
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For me, I used to just answer: “Because I want to share my adventures…spread positivity…& encourage others to travel.”. But, while that is definitely still true, my answer has slightly changed since I started writing because I, now, understand what makes writing so exciting & fascinating.
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1- I find it fascinating that some simple black letters on a white page can make for such an interesting story.
2- I find it fascinating that I can form words & sentences with those black letters that will really POP on the white page.
3- I find it fascinating that black & white are the simplest colors yet, they create the best images & tell the biggest stories.
4- I find it fascinating that I can invent my own words to explain something, & I don’t fail because of it, I actually get positive feedback.
5- I find it fascinating that I can share my adventures with others so vividly that they can sense that they’re there as well.
6- I find it fascinating that simply writing (or typing) a single page (of anything) can be an escape from reality.
7- I find it fascinating that the simplest words make the biggest impact on a story. Without one specific word, a story changes drastically.
8- I find it fascinating that I can be creative & create something without actually drawing. (Which is good cuz I’m not great at drawing.)
9- I find it fascinating that I can create a vivid image without drawing, & using only the colors, black & white.
My experience living with a host family in another country in 3 words: Interesting-Exciting-Difficult
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So, in case you don’t know. I lived with my host family in Chile for three months, and I really got to know them and they really started to become like a real second family. But, at first, (before even arriving in country) I didn’t know what to expect of living with a host family in a different country (I was a little scared and nervous, but still kind of excited). And, even though I was pretty excited, I still didn’t want to do anything that would upset my host family, and I didn’t want to ask too much of them because they were letting me live in their house (so I was still a little nervous). So that’s all I did for the first few weeks. I started by just taking it day by day and doing whatever they told me. And, after like 3 days, they just started telling me that I was part of the family and that I could do whatever I wanted. But, of course, I didn’t really always do what I wanted because well, I was there to teach them English, but after hearing that they just considered me like a normal part of the family, I started to feel much more comfortable (less nervous). So, I started speaking with them more, learning Spanish, teaching English and learning about them and their culture and background.
And, after the initial few weeks of being nervous, I really started to be excited about living in another country. And, my host family really started to become like a second family. And, getting on that plane to leave them was actually very difficult because I was torn. I loved my time in this beautiful country, and I loved getting to know my host family and learn about their culture. But, I was also excited to go home; I won’t say ready because I was definitely not ready for what was waiting at home; Everything is so different!
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On the plane, leaving Chile: I have mixed emotions because I’m only in the plane and I already miss Chile and my host family.
And, usually I love flying, but right now it’s kinda bittersweet. I had such a great experience in Chile and I learned so much. This experience taught me so much that I didn’t want it to end. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to go home and see my family, but I am really gonna miss my host family and my time in Chile. And, I also know that everything at home is going to be so different now. It’s like I won’t recognize anything!
But, like the quote says:
Travel so much that when you come home, home is still the same, but something in your mind has changed, and that changes everything!
The best trips are the ones that bring you back home with a completely new perspective on everything!
Thanks for reading this post! And, thanks for following my adventures in Chile!
If you missed any, check out this page: My Trip to Chile! 🇨🇱
…So…when I normally think about Fall, I think about: – Leaves falling
-Time to get ready for snow…and Christmas…
Well, that’s not the case for me this Fall because it’s Fall right now in Chile, and I can’t think about any of those things. Instead, I’m thinking about: going swimming, maybe getting ice cream, just staring at the sun and being in awe (and confused) about this weather...
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Yup, that’s right. It’s fall here in Chile and the lowest temperature is 10°C (in the middle of the night). During the day, it can still reach at least 25°C and drop to 15°C.
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But, temperatures aside. The other reason I’m writing this post is because it’s the end of March and stores are having sales on summer clothes, people are actually starting to wear jackets, kids are just starting school, the weather is dropping (compared to last month). In my mind, everything that normally happens in September is happening now, in march. And, in a way, it seems normal because I’ve been here all summer anyway, so I can adapt to it easily. It took me all summer to adapt to the weather in January that now it kinda just seems normal. But, when I think about the date, it seems so weird because my mind is not used to saying: “happy first day of fall” at the end of March. But, on the plus side, I can buy summer clothes here on sale for summer when I get back home.
Anyways, after living here during New Year’s and the first day of Fall, my perspective changed because the seasons being flipped made me start thinking: For one, I find it so fascinating that some people say it’s a small world out there because literally a 10 hour plane ride (that’s a pretty long plane ride) from you (below the equator) there are people starting school or work, when you are getting ready to go on vacation. That’s evidence that it’s really not such a small world after all. We all live on the same planet, but it’s a pretty big planet with different countries and cultures.
Seriously though, we all live in different places on this planet, and we all adapt to different lifestyles based on the seasons of our country during a time in the year. The people in the world aren’t so different (we are still all human), but the world is so big and different, which gives us something interesting to learn about when we travel.
Some people are shoveling snow while others are turning on all their fans.
Some people are coming home from vacation while others are packing for vacation.
Some people are preparing for Spring while others are raking leaves.
This is one of the main reasons why I love traveling so much; To get a different perspective on things in life because sometimes when you look at something familiar in a different place, you can see the importance and impact it can actually have, which will changed your perspective about that things.
I finally understand everything that happened before this trip.
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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!
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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!
So, today, I just learned that chile is a “third world country”.
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I mean, I know, I should’ve known before coming here and done some research about it, but it just didn’t occur to me. Chile doesn’t seem like any of the other “third world countries” I’ve visited; there’s something about it that blinded me from the fact that it actually is a “third world country”.
To me, it’s just different because it’s below the equator, so I just assumed everything is obviously different, and backwards (like, the seasons), so, I didn’t think much about it. I just accepted the fact that the seasons and stuff were backwards and different.
But, now that I know it’s a “third world country”, my view of it has changed, for the better. Now that I know, it’s easier to compare things from my home country because I know why things are different. I guess I would say that, now that I know, I’m “nicer” to the country and the differences I notice because in my mind, it’s doing a great job being a successful (for lack of better word)“third world country”. I mean, seriously, though, I’ve been living here for about a month an a half, and I just realized it now because I heard someone say it. I never felt the need to research what kind of country it was because it seemed so similar from my home country, with a few interesting differences that I love learning about.
And, I think that the fact that it’s not an obvious “third world country” is a great thing for this country. I know, I don’t know anything about the politics about this country (although now I want to learn more about it). But, I do know that, if a tourist visits this country for a week or so, they will most likely not feel like they are in a “third world country”. Unless they come with a mission in mind to help the poor or something, but otherwise, if people come here for a vacation, and don’t think about the politics or research it, they will probably never know.
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All that, just to say: “A country that you might be afraid to visit, or, that you don’t think is worth visiting because it doesn’t seem like it will have much to offer tourists” might be you missing out on something truly interesting to see/learn about. So, if you’re thinking about visiting a “not-so-popular” country, think about what you could gain from the experience & what you could learn, instead of what the country has to offer for tourists. And, don’t research the country too much before going; save some learning for when you arrive in the country.
Be a local, as well as, a tourist in a new country!
(You learn much more by being both!)
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to visit different countries for more than just a “laying-in-the-sun” type of vacation; to truly experience a new country.
So, I’ve recently realized that I’ve written a few update posts about my life here in Chile, but I never really shared where exactly I am living in Chile. And, so I figured I would share my location, just for those of you that are curious, and might want to visit Chile one day.
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So, the blue dot in the picture above is where I am living in Quillota, Chile. It’s a beautiful, interesting and diverse town with relaxed and friendly people. And, the picture below is just showing where Quillota is located on a map in Chile.
So, here’s just a quick overview of Quillota’s location in Chile in comparison to other towns “near” it. Quillota is a small town located in the center of Chile, and it is: ~30 minutes from Quintero (35 km) ~50 minutes from Vina del Mar (45 km) ~1 hour from Valaparaiso (65 km) ~2 hours from Santiago (125 km) ~5 hours from Linares (430 km) ~4 hours from La Serena (380 km) ~7 hours from Concepcion (620 km)
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And, the last picture below is an overview of my journey to Chile (from above the equator to below the equator). P.S. Unlike the picture below, I did not take a direct flight from YHZ. My flights were from, YHZ to YYZ and from, YYZ to SCL.
That’s it for this “update” post. If you want to read more about my earlier update adventure posts, I’ll link them below: