These scars…

These scars won’t last
They might hurt now
The pain just feels too real
Will they ever go away?

These scars cut deep
They are changing you
You can barely think anymore
Will it ever become normal again?

These scars are opening a new chapter
They could become positive
But, right now, they feel deadly
Will it ever feel good?

These scars have taken something from you
Maybe it’s happiness, or sadness
Or, innocence, or willingness
Or, maybe even your life?

But, even with these scars
You are still here
There’s still time
So, what will you do now?


These scars is a metaphorical poem I wrote during a confusing time in my life.
The scars mentioned (while they could be real scars) represent past mistakes/memories that will never be forgotten, and that are constantly haunting and hurting.”


Thank you for reading to the end!
I hope this poem encourages you to turn your scars into amazing things for your future self
because it’s never too late!

P.S. This poem was also inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

. . . 

My first 24 hours here were a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here (it seems too surreal). I was so happy that I finally made it!
But, after the initial feeling of amazement and happiness, the culture shock hit me. 
I didn’t know what to feel or what to do.
I couldn’t remember why I wanted to come here in the first place.
I was afraid to speak Spanish to ask for directions, and as a result, I would get lost a lot
I would shut down in the middle of the street, and basically cry because I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. (I felt lost and alone.) 

In summary, my first 24 hours were filled with all the ups and downs of culture shock.

. . . 

Now that I’ve been here for more than 48 hours, I am much more confident in my Spanish (I actually want to speak it), I know my way around the city much better now, and I’ve learned that it’s completely normal to feel culture shock.

So, my advice for anyone traveling to a completely new country (especially for the first time) is to know that culture shock is completely normal (even if it’s your millionth time traveling abroad)
Everyone will feel it differently, and every country will be a different type of shock because there’s always at least one thing that changes.

 . . . 

All that to say that, I am absolutely loving Argentina, my new found perspective on things, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the next 3 months hold.

. . .

Thanks for reading! 

Follow this blog for updates when I upload a new post from my next adventures
(I promise, it will be more exciting than this one)!
And, click HERE to check out the video from my trip getting here!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Memory Lane…

A trip down memory lane…

Things used to be a little more black & White
Life seemed so much simpler
It never mattered what the weather was
Cuz jumping in all the puddles used to be normal
And running around under the sun with no set purpose was simply exciting

Those were the good ol’ days…

When worries used to be so low
that nothing even mattered,
And happiness was always high

Those were the good ol’ days…

When no mistake was a big deal
And decisions didn’t impact so much
No mistake or decisions mattered so much

Those were the good ol’ days…

Everything used to be better
And easier
And funner
And chiller
And just all around, straight-forward
Black or white, that was it
No confusion

Those were the good ol’ days…

But now, things are no longer black & white
There seems to be more gray now
Nothing will ever be the same
Everything about those days has gone
But one thing remains from those days
The good ol’ lessons

Those were the good ol’ days…

I will always remember them
And their lessons
Good and bad
Cuz they’ve taught me so much

These are the good ol’ days…


Thanks for reading!
Have a good day! And, cherish every moment because one day, today will be “the good ol’ days”!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚


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

Living with a host family… / Leaving Chile…

My experience living with a host family in another country in 3 words:
Interesting-Exciting-Difficult

. . .

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!

. . .

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! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Hello Fall?…

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Yes, this is what Fall looks like in Quillota, Chile!

…So…when I normally think about Fall, I think about:
Leaves falling
-Sweater weather
-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...

. . .

Yup, that’s right. It’s fall here in Chile and the lowest temperature is 10Β°C (in the middle of the night). During the day, it can still reach at least 25Β°C and drop to 15Β°C.

. . .

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.

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People are the same, but the cultures are what makes us different!

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The world is round after all; one side is different than the other. Your perspective is right for your side of the world.

 

Thanks for reading!

Happy Fall!
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Happy Spring!
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-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Coco!

So, I just had a “weird” experience.

. . .

I just went to the movie theatre here in Chile and watched a Spanish movie (w/o subtitles).

. . .

It might not seem like such a weird thing, but that’s the best word I could think of to describe it.

It made me feel weird because I’ve been living here for 3 months and hearing Spanish everyday, so it’s become normal to me.

But, going to the movie theatre was a similar experience for me that I forgot I was even in Chile.

I just watched the movie in spanish and my brain hardly had to think about it (the words just made sense in my brain).

I mean, sure, there were pictures, which definitely did help, but, even in moments when the people were just standing still talking, I understood what they were saying like it was normal.

It was only after the movie that I realized that I had just watch an entire Spanish movie with no subtitles or translator and I actually understood it.

I actually laughed at the jokes when other people laughed (which is how I knew I was laughing at the right time and how I knew that I actually understood what was happening in the movie).

. . .

So, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.

Well, one: Because I felt proud of myself and wanted to share it with someone.

And, two: Because I realized that I can maybe inspire someone out there to learn a new language.

. . .

Now that I know that after 3 months of listening and living in Spanish I can watch a Spanish movie and understand it, it gives me hope that I can one day become fluent. And so, that’s what I’m trying to do.

After the movie, I really started trying to listen to people around me and actually respond with full sentences, not just one word. And, it’s actually been so worth it because it makes me feel happy to know that I understand what people are saying and that I can respond and be understood.

. . .

And, that’s why I think everyone should learn another language.

It takes a lot of work and dedication, but in the end you will feel so proud of your accomplishment that you will want to continue to learn the language, and maybe even have the courage to try another new thing.

Thanks for reading! (GracΓ­as para leer!)

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚