Back to school?…

Update time / a lot of interesting links below!!!

Wow! It’s literally been almost 3 years since I’ve been in school, & I vowed I’d never go back. But, here I am, 3 years later, excited to go back!
And, all I can say is that a lot can change in 3 years, because this Saturday (Feb. 8) I will be on a plane to go to school somewhere very exciting!
I’ve already made two post about exactly where & why I’m going that you can read by clicking these links:
The Start of Something New
From Follow Me! To Send Me!

So, instead of repeating myself, I just wanted to make this post to link to the new page I’ve created on this blog.
I’ll be posting updates over there about my time living & learning in Australia.
So, if you’re interested in following along on this crazy, exciting journey, check out that page using this link: My YWAM Journey!

And, if you can’t wait for a weekly/monthly post on that page, follow me on Instagram (for more daily updates)!


Thanks for reading!
I can’t wait to share all the things I learn about on this amazing adventure!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Earth + 7.6 billion people = Small world?

“It’s a big world out there!”
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“Wow, what a small world!”
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^ 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 met half of them!

Think about that!

7.6 billion!
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!
In fact,
It’s the complete opposite!
It’s GIGANTIC!

So, TRAVEL!
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!

So, TRAVEL!
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.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

 

Weekend coffee share…

So, first of all, if we were having coffee right now, it would be 6 am because that’s the only time we could meet, as I work all weekend until the end of the day.

. . .

So, it’s 6 am.

It’s so early that the sun has barely risen. But, at least it is sunny. Spring is finally catching up (hopefully it continues).

. . .

If we were having coffee right now, I would be asking you about your week and plans for the weekend (and i’d probably be a little jealous). I’d ask you how school or work is going. I’d ask you how your week went…

I’d honestly probably just ask you questions, until you asked me something (I’m not one to just talk about myself voluntarily).

But, for the sake of this post, let’s pretend you’ve already asked me questions.

. . .

Then, I would tell you how tired I am this morning. I would tell you how much I just want to be sleeping in today, instead of working.

I would tell you how much I miss living in Chile, where I didn’t have wake up so early or wait for the sun to come out everyday.

I would show you some picture from my trip and tell you that you have to visit the country one day.

I would tell you that I’m so tired that this coffee isn’t even waking me up.

I would tell you that I just want to be sitting on a plane right now, instead of waiting for my bus to work.

I would tell you how much it means to me that you woke up at 6 am on your day off just to talk, small talk, for a few minutes.

I would tell you that I should get to work, but I am really thankful for the short time you took to talk, this early on a Sunday morning.

Then, we would probably hug.

I’d say: “have a good day off” and you’d say: “you too”.

And, then, we’d laugh and you’d correct yourself and say: “…good day, at work, I mean. See you next time!”

I’d smile, and say: “ya, next time…Maybe not so early, with more time to just sit.”.

And, finally, we’d wave goodbye!


That’s what it would probably be like, if we met this morning for a cup of coffee.


Thanks for reading this post!

P.S. I actually did write this post on the bus at 7 am. And, I’m thinking about maybe doing one every weekend as something new to try on this blog, so please let me know what you think in the comments.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Travel…

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If you love those things as much as I do, and you also love to travel and explore new places, check out this program to find your next amazing adventure:

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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:Β My Trip to Chile! (Part 5) encourages you to travel to Chile (or even South America) because I 100% recommend it!

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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!
or
Happy Spring!
or

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-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Face the fact!

Do YOU own a passport?

Fact: Did you know that more than half of the people that live in North America don’t own a passport?

. . .

Now, I don’t know exactly how many people live in North America, but it’s definitely a fair amount. And, the fact that only half of us own a passport is very sad.
I can’t believe that many people don’t see the need to own a passport and travel to another country.
A passport is like the best and most valuable thing you can own.
You can travel anywhere and fill your passport with stamps, your heart with memories and your brain with knowledge.

. . .

So, I just googled it, and found out that about 579 million people live in North America and only about half of them own a passport.
That means that about 290 million people in North America alone (I don’t know about in the rest of the world) don’t own a passport!

In my opinion, that’s not a good ratio, at all. (50% is not a good grade)
That means that about 290 million North American have never traveled to another country. They have never left their comfort zone.
They might never go to a passport office.
They might never hold a passport in their hands.
They might never get that feeling of excitement when they see that first stamp in their passport.
They will not know what it’s really like to visit another country.
They will never hear another language in a foreign country.
They will never get that thrill of taking-off in a plane for the first time.
They will never know the feeling of stepping foot into an unknown country.
They will never experience the excitement and adrenaline of going to a foreign country.

All these reasons used to make me sad for those people, but, after writing them down, they just confuse me.

How can someone not want to travel and experience all those things?
How can someone be so afraid to leave their comfort zone that they refuse to get a passport? (it’s really quite simple, just take a picture & fill out a form)
How can someone be happy and content with their home country, knowing that there is so much out there to explore?

I mean, seriously though, a passport is truly the most valuable thing you can own.

So, if you are one of those people that doesn’t own a passport, just try one thing.
Instead of buying that new smartphone or laptop, go purchase your first passport because for one, it’s cheaper and, the passport will actually make you feel richer.
You probably think you will never use it, but I promise, once you own one and hold it in your own hands, you will want to use it and fill it up with stamps and memories.

AND, IF YOU’RE STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A PASSPORT, HERE ARE A FEW QUOTES THAT MIGHT ENTICE YOU EVEN MORE!

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The stamps that fill your passport will become your best memories and amazing stories!

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The more you travel, the more open-minded you become about the world & other people & cultures!

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This one speaks for itself!

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Whenever you purchase a new passport, Travel so much that you need to buy a new one for each new adventure!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this encouraged you to, either:
Buy a passport!
or
Start using your passport more often!
Because no one should ever regret traveling!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

15 things to…

In today’s post, I’m going to give you 15 things to think about before going abroad.

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  1. Don’t be afraid of going abroad!
  2. Don’t think about what you’ll be leaving behind, think about what you’ll get to experience. (you will learn and gain much more than you will be leaving behind)
  3. There’s a big chance that the climate will be different (do some research before packing). This will make your experience abroad much more enjoyable.
  4. Don’t think about what it’s going to be like too much. Let yourself be surprised by things. It will make your experience much more enjoyable, and you will be more open-minded, which will help you learn even more.
  5. Enjoy the journey there, at least as much as being in the country because you might even learn something on the trip there (in the airport or in the bus/plane).
  6. Learn some important words/phrases in the local language. Not everyone will speak your language, and you might want to be able to speak to people instead of always acting things out.
    Charades is fun at the beginning of your trip, but later on you will want to be able to say something, so just learn a few things before you leave (this also makes it easier to learn more while in the country).
  7. Don’t be afraid to speak the local language (it will be one of your most valuable memories, especially if you make a funny mistakes).
  8. A foreign language is an amazing assets to have to show future employers. (every mistakes you make while learning will be worth it).
  9. Culture shock is real (but not scary). It just means that you are aware of your new surroundings and you are adjusting. During the culture shock phase, you can learn a lot about yourself and the country.
  10. Don’t plan too much (just go out and explore anything and everything).
  11. Don’t be too much of a tourist (speak to locals, ask them about fun things they like to do).
  12. Don’t take too many pictures (unless you’re a travel photographer). Try to live in the moment and capture the important things.
  13. Try to overcome jet-lag as soon as possible. This will make your trip (long or short) much more enjoyable.
  14. Stay connected with friends and family back home (talk to them at least once a week). It will make culture shock less painful, and you will be able to tell them the exciting things that you experience the day of, instead of waiting until you get back (but save some stories to tell them about in person).
  15. And, lastly, answer this question: WHY are you going abroad?

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to travel abroad & take advantage of your next adventure abroad!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Santiago, Chile – Day 1Β 

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. 

Β‘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! πŸ™‚

Crossing the equator!

Yes!
“Whoop! Whoop!”
It’s finally happening!
I am crossing the equator!

I’ve traveled to many places, but this is my first time going below the equator & I cannot control my excitement! I feel like the more I travel, the more excited I get for any trip!

. . .

When you’re reading this, I will either be on a plane crossing the equator or I am already below the equator! 

But, as of right now (while I am writing this), I have not crossed it, yet. But, I am so excited for this new adventure that I couldn’t wait to write about it.
I am so excited to share this trip with you on this blog! I hope you will continue to read about these upcoming adventures! 

. . .

So, to start this adventure.
On December 26 (today, when this is posted), I will be on a plane heading to live in Chile for 3 months with a local family to teach them English, and to learn Spanish in return!
I’m so excited for this new journey; I hope you will continue to read this blog because I will try to share as much as I can about this experience (who knows maybe it will inspire you)!
And, if you’ve already crossed the equator (or been to or live in Chile), comment below with your experience, adventures & advice for things I should see/visit! 


That’s all for now, but Adventure posts about my trip and experience are coming very soon, I promise! πŸ˜‰
Thanks for reading!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚