Office Job…

Sitting here
Thinking
Spinning around
In this chair
At this desk
My desk?
Writing
These words
On paper
To process life
Typing
Something random
To look busy
Doing homework
Feeling
Weird and confused
Asking
So many questions
About the future
God, how did I get here?
Waiting
For an answer
In the meantime
I continue
To sit here
At this desk
Learning
To be professional


Thanks for reading!
That poem was inspired by my current “job” here in Australia.
It’s kind of a long story about how I got here, so to keep it short, click this link to learn about what I’m currently doing here.
And, click this link to learn more about what I’ve been doing here for the past 7 months!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Cafe Saturday

Sitting here
Starring out

Into the city
From this cafe
I can’t help

But think
How God
Did I
Get here?

Just a random
Saturday in winter
Here in Australia
With
So many visions
So many dreams
So many plans
Just chasing God
With my life
And so far
He has never
Let me down
And
Here I am
Just sitting here
In His presence
In the comfort
In the love
In the protection
Of my Father

He has
Always been
Holding me
Protecting me
Fighting battles
All so
I would
Never worry

I know a God
That worries for me
He takes my burdens
And frees me from
EVERYTHING
And –
He gives me
A Saturday filled
With His love


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that God is always with you (even on a random Saturday in a foreign city in a random cafe). He is everywhere, ready to protect & comfort you!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Is this networking??

So, I have a confession…
I love blogging!

I love the wordpress community. I love reading other blogs. I love commenting and interacting with other bloggers. I love writing on my blog.
Even though some days I don’t feel like writing; I know that if I just sign into wordpress and read a few posts, I will have the inspiration to write something.

And, sometimes I can come up with an easy 500 word post.
But, other times I struggle to write even 50 words.
However, after reading a few other posts, and just re-reading some of my old posts, I think of a new idea.


For example, the title of this post came to my mind when I ordered a new phone case online.
I know it’s random, but it’s true.
I was looking for a new phone case because mine is super old & a completely different colour than when I first bought it. So, after searching through a lot of different website, I found one that had the perfect case that I was hoping to find.

And, at first glance, it was already perfect. But, when I clicked order, it prompted me to customise it by adding my name.
But, I didn’t want to add my name to a phone case (that just seems weird to me). But, I also couldn’t order it without adding something.
So, I thought about it for while. I tried to think of a nickname or a random word that I could write on this phone case that I loved the look of.
And, as I kept thinking, I thought of my blog, and wrote “nowboarding” on the customisation page. And, I loved what I saw (it didn’t interfere with the design and looked pretty cool). So, I clicked order.

And, I finally received the case a few days ago, and I can see that I totally made the right decision of not putting my name on it.
And, after looking it for a while, I even thought about something.
“This might even be a great conversation starter to advertise my blog?”

And, that leads me to the reason I’m sharing this story.
If you’re looking for a small, simple way to talk about your blog to strangers, check out the website linked below:

^ Or, even if you’re just looking for a great new phone case! ^

Thanks for reading this random story about a phone case.
I hope it was at least a little bit interesting!

If you want to reading something more captivating, & interesting, check out my new series: https://nowboarding.ca/live-for-adventure/

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

200

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve reached 200 posts! That’s crazy! I can’t believe I wrote all that! I used to hate writing! But, clearly I don’t anymore! I actually enjoy it! And, I look forward to writing a new post! I can’t believe how much has happened in my life through the past 200 posts! This blog has been a crazy journey! And, I can’t wait for the next hundreds of posts!

. . .

The day I hit 200 posts:
I’m currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m sitting on a couch in the common area in my hostel, where I’ve been volunteering and living for the past 3 months.
It’s a cooler day outside (fall is in the air). The city is busy, as usual. Kids are getting ready to start school. People are coming/going to work!
I’m getting ready to head to Chile (to visit my friends/family from last year). I’m listening to music while booking my bus to Chile!
And, then I decided to look at my wordpress stats, and I noticed that I was 1 post away from 200, so I decided to take the time to write my 200th post.

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I also want to take this time to thank you!
If you’ve been reading since I started blogging, or if you just started following my journey;
Thank you for reading my random blog filled with random thoughts and adventures!
I’m looking forward to writing more random content for you to read!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂



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If you sign up, you will receive a personalized postcard from my current adventure!


You can check it out by clicking this link!

Mosaïc

I’ve recently discovered something…
Something that has changed the way I look at life…
Something that changed my perspective on everything…
Something that I wish I understood and would’ve realized earlier…

I realized that…
My life is like a Mosaïc.

It’s full of random,
And broken pieces,
Building something amazing.

I can’t see it now,
But, I know it’s gonna be beautiful.


The dictionary defines a “Mosaïc” as: 

“Something made up of different things that, together, form a pattern.”


Life may seem crazy,
And random,
Right now.
You might feel like everything,
Is out of your control,
But, soon, everything will fall into place.
Your life will become beautiful.
All those broken pieces,
Will come together and,
Form a beautiful mosaïc.

Broken Fixed
Damaged Different
Shattered Scattered
Crumbled into a million pieces Formed into a beautiful million piece artwork


Thanks for reading!
I hope this helped you realize that:
The more broken pieces you have, the more beautiful your mosaïc will be!

This post was inspired by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLUIyXmm3TU

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A Day in Los Angeles, Chile!

…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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Bus ticket – Purchased (no turning back now)

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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).

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My view for ~2 hours…

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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The quiet streets of Los Angeles, Chile at 8am.

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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.

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My view from the plaza where I ate breakfast!

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!).

. . .

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).

. . .

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!)

Chilean Food & Candy Review!

The following pictures are just a few candies & snacks & street foods that I tried while I lived in Chile, and I just wanted to share them. So, here they are:

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Suny – A soft candy, toffee / caramel flavoured fudge.

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Frugelé – Soft fruit flavoured, gummy candies with a sugar coating.

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Guagüitas – A type of marshmallow mixed with a gummy candy. FUN FACT : “guagüitas” means “babies” in Spanish.

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Amberries – Rasberry and Blackberry flavoured gummy candies with a sugar coating.

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Chubi – Similar to M&Ms, with a very different flavour (they have a stronger cocoa flavour).

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Hobby – Milk chocolate bar with nougat and peanut butter center.

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Super 8 – Similar to a coffee crisp bar (without the coffee flavour).

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Capri (cherry) – Milk chocolate bar with a cherry cream center.

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Capri (cocoa) – Regular milk chocolate bar.

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Mantecol – Brittle peanut butter bar, with a hint of cocoa.

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Negrita – Vanilla wafer covered with milk chocolate.

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Manjar – The Chilean Dulce De Leche (same caramel flavour, but more creamy/milky).

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Trencito – Regular solid milk chocolate bar.

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Criollitas – Sweet hard vanilla wafer cookies with sugar coating (good for tea or coffee).

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Mote Con Huesillo – Peach juice with a full peach & boiled wheat. This was one of my favourite Chilean street foods.

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Completo – Hot dog topped with diced tomatoes, mashed avocado (and your choice of ketchup, mayonnaise and/or mustard).

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Empanadas – This particular one was fried and only had cheese & shrimp. But, there’s a more popular, baked one, with ground beef, onions, an olive and an egg (& it’s delicious). Empanadas can also be baked or fried.



Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspires you to travel & try new things on your next adventure!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

My Favorite Type of Tree!

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Grow little tree, grow! You can do it! Don’t look behind you!

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Behind the scene of that picture:

So, yesterday I went out for a walk around the town I live (Quillota) here in Chile. And, while walking, I started taking pictures of random things around town that might inspire a post or that I might want to post on Instagram. And, the picture above fit into both of those categories.
Here’s why:

I didn’t have any set goal in mind or place to be. I just stepped out the door with the thought of going out to wander because it was such a beautiful & sunny summer day in February that I had to take advantage of this weather and this beautiful country.
So, that’s what I did. I, seriously just walked around town; from one end to another (I walk until I reached the highway on both ends of town).
And, I after a while, I started heading back because I knew it would be supper time soon, and I didn’t want to make people worry. So, I started heading back, while still subconsciously searching for inspiration, so, I decided to walk back on the main road because I thought: “maybe the best inspiration will be hidden in plain sight”.
And, I was right, because that’s when I looked in the middle of the road at the palm trees planted all along the median, while the sun was perfect, the sky was a great colour of blue, the mountains were the perfect backdrop, the road was cleared… so, I crossed to the middle and took that picture (above).
And, while taking that picture, this sentence came to my mind: “Always Growing!”

~ Every picture has a story! ~

. . .

As the quote under the picture says: “In life, you can’t keep looking behind you. Whether it’s at your past self or others, you have to keep looking forward in order to keep growing.”.
Everyone grows differently and at a different pace.
We are similar to the tree in that way because we all started from something small, but there was that one thing that happened in our life that started our growth; Either through fear, sadness or happiness, and since then, we will always be growing a little each and every day.

Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to: “Grow little tree, grow! You can do it! Don’t look behind you!” because you are doing a great job and you are amazing!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Third world country?

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!)

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“NOT JUST LOCAL FOOD; LOCAL EVERYTHING!”

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.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Shout-out!

Today, I feel like giving some shout-outs to some blog posts that I’ve liked this past month and bloggers that have continued to support me since I started blogging.

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This quote gave me the inspiration for this post because it reminded me to be grateful for something in everyday. And, today I choose to be grateful for my followers.

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Today, I read the two following posts and thought they were interesting, so I figured I’d share them (I don’t know the bloggers, I just thought their posts were interesting & thought-provoking). I linked the two posts below:

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And, I also wanted to shout-out the following blogs because I’ve recently noticed that they are always reading, liking, and commenting on my posts, and I really appreciate their support. And, I also love their blogs. I linked their blogs below:

 

Thanks for reading this post!
I hope it helps you discover new amazing blogs!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Where in the world?

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.

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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.

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That’s it for this “update” post.
If you want to read more about my earlier update adventure posts, I’ll link them below:

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to visit Chile one day because I definitely recommend it.
It’s a beautiful, diverse, interesting and very over-looked country!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

An hour into my day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Word Count…

Today’s post is supposed to be about word count.
(either less than 300 words or more than 1500 words)

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So, I decided to write an “essay” about Word Count.
I was going to write another update post, but I figured I’ve done enough of those this week, so, I should try something new.

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You see, in school we’re taught and told to reach a certain number of words for an essay, but, I’ve always asked myself the question: Why is it so important that I write 1,000 words on the history of the national anthem? or Why do I need to use 500 words to answer this school uniform question?

Every time I had to write an essay for school, I always thought: Why do essays always have to have a minimum word count in order to get a good grade? Why can’t I just write my opinion/answer to the topic/question using as many or a little words as I want?

But, recently (like right now, while writing this), I realized that word count isn’t intended to make writing more difficult, it can actually help you a lot. We don’t need to write an exact 1,000 words on our opinion about school uniforms. We just need to write a detailed & opinionated answer to the question because if we were to only answer the question in a few sentences, people would have no idea why we came to our conclusion.
That’s why when we’re asked for a certain number of words for an essay, the reason is probably very valid.
In my opinion and from my experience, word count is important to form complete sentences and thoughts, so whoever is reading your opinion will understand your thought process behind your conclusion.
And, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve understood much more about the importance of word count & the importance of explaining your opinion for people to understand.

That’s all I got… I hope this made sense, and I apologize if it was boring.
I promise I won’t write these essay type posts anymore (mostly because I did not enjoy writing it). So, if you didn’t like it, don’t worry. And, if you did, well, check out my other posts, you will probably like them even more.

Anyways, Thank for reading this post regardless!
Remember: Keep exploring and -LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Seeing…

Seeing something with your own eyes is always better!

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I came across this image earlier today, and I just had to share it because it’s so great.

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“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see”

If you’re even remotely considering traveling abroad, just go.

  • Don’t ask people for their opinion, unless they’ve been to that country and they love traveling, or else you will get discouraged before you even book your ticket.
    Go form your own opinion while being in your chosen country!
  • And, although it is a good idea to be informed about the country you are going to, don’t watch too much news about that country.
    News people love to create a good story, so chances are they’re exaggerating some of the details.
  • Be informed, but keep some learning for when you arrive in the country.
    Don’t learn everything before you go because learning abroad is much more fun and rewarding.
  • You also need to pick a country that you really want to visit, so no one can discourage you from going.
  • And, then, don’t think about it too much, just go see for yourself because anything anyone says is a biased opinion about their experiences or thoughts about that country.
    You will probably (most definitely) have a completely different experience.
  • Lastly, travel is a personal decision and only you can decide if you want to or not because only you will be changed in your own specific way in the country you choose.
    It’s your adventure!
    But, one thing that I can say from experience is, that once you decide to go see another country, you will never be able to un-see it. The experience of traveling and exploring that country will stay with you forever. Luckily, it’s an amazing experience and the memories will will leave you wanting to travel even more!

So, as the picture says:

Don’t listen to what they say!
Go see for yourself!
Go travel and explore a new & different country!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and experience something new!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A cup of coffee…

A different type of post that I haven’t done yet on this blog, but I wanted to try it out.
Let me know what you think in the comments (when you finish reading).

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I’m just going to write what-ever and how-ever I would, as if we are best friends just casually meeting for a cup of coffee to catch-up. Here’s what I would tell you:

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Hey! 🙂
So, as you probably know, I am currently living in Chile and I am loving every second of it. But, I didn’t always feel this way.
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A few weeks before this trip, I was super excited and I couldn’t wait.
And, then, I went to drop off my uniform and keys at work (where I worked for almost 8 months), and that’s where it really hit me.
I was just working at this job, waiting for something better to come my way. And, now, it was finally happening.
I was quitting my job to go live in another country (that’s been an item on my bucket list for a while and I was finally going to fulfill this life-long bucket list goal)!
But, although I was VERY excited, I kept thinking:
Am I ready for this new adventure? This is something I’ve never done before? I mean, sure I’ve lived in another province and traveled to many different countries, but, that was still in my home country or with people I knew. This was completely new, different and alone, What is it going to be like?

I had no idea what to expect.
I was nervous and excited and anxious, all at the same time!
But, I was leaving in a few days, and I was ready!
Nothing was going to change my mind.
I wanted to experience this new adventure, no matter how nervous or anxious it made me!

And, although, I was nervous, I used those nerves to keep me excited until I got on that first plane on my way to Chile. And, although I’ve been on many planes, that plane ride was probably the most confusing one for me because I was excited and nervous (I’ve never been nervous on a plane before this moment). Because I just knew that once I landed, there was no turning back (I’m not one to give-up, I was going to experience this journey until the end). I would just have to fight through any culture shock that came my way (this was harder than I thought for the first few days/week).
But, I kept reminding myself:

“Don’t be afraid of the unknown; It won’t be unknown forever, just take that step into it and learn about it!”

So, that’s what I did every time I felt culture shock; I learned something from it.
And, since that confusing travel day, I’ve been living here for exactly one month today.
And, I can definitely say that living in a new country is VERY exciting (I’m loving it so far).
But, it also has it’s tough moments.
The biggest moment for me was the language, although that’s also the reason why I’m here (to practice and learn more Spanish). Sometimes it can be frustrating to learn a new language because people will want you to speak their language, but they will also make fun of you for your accent and the mistakes you make.
But, I’ve learned that, that’s just part of learning and becoming fluent in a new language.

“Laughing with others at your own accent & mistakes will help you learn so much more (about yourself, the language & the culture).”

And, today, after living here for one full month, I can really say:
“This new adventure has been amazing so far. I’m so glad that I didn’t let those nerves stop me from coming here, & that I didn’t give up when the language got too difficult because this is definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken (and I still have 2 months to go). I’m SO excited for the next 2 months”.

…And, that’s what I would say…


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post inspired you to get over what-ever fears you have about traveling because I promise you that it will be the best decision you ever will ever make.

Now, it’s your turn:
If we met for coffee, What would YOU tell ME? (comment below or email your answer, whichever way you prefer to chat)

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

The world around me…

So, for today’s post, I decided to observe the most popular place of the town where I’m currently living.

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So, I’m just sitting here in the middle of “La Plaza de Armas” in Quillota, Chile, eating manjar ice cream in 30 degree Celsius weather, in the middle of January.

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It’s currently summer here in Chile which means everyone is either, enjoying their vacation or just continuing with their work and daily life.
But, either way, for me, the following is what I’m observing and hearing:

  • People getting off work
  • People walking with their families/friends
  • People shopping
  • Kids playing, laughing, running, swinging, etc.
  • People taking naps under the palm trees
  • Music playing
  • People selling things (like, ice cream)
  • People dancing
  • People performing
  • Birds chirping
  • Taxis and buses honking

Those are all just regular everyday things, but sometimes the simple things can be the most interesting; I’ve just learned a lot about the culture of this country by people watching and writing this post.
And, I know, I know, those are just normal things you would observe in any town during the summer but, what makes it different to me, is that it’s all happening in Spanish (and the fact it’s summer in January).

Below I’ve included a few pictures of my current surroundings:

THE WORLD AROUND ME

Thanks for reading!

-What does the world around you look like right now? (Answer below with a picture or sentence of what you see and hear right now).

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Update!

So, to be honest, I didn’t really feel like writing today, but
I also didn’t want to lose my streak so early on.
So, I decided to make a quick update post about how my life here in Chile is going so far.

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Exploring Santiago!

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Celebrating the New Year! (p.s. this is a picture of fireworks, I promise)

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Trying different foods! (this happened almost everyday, but this one is called: Mote Con Huesillo & it’s quite delicious)

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Exploring my “home” town for the next few months! (Quillota, Chile)

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More Quillota exploring!

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A view of the entire town of Quillota! (from the top of Cerro Mayaca)

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Took a trip to go explore Vina del Mar! (1 hour drive from Quillota)

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And, also explored Valparaiso! (it’s connected to Vina del Mar)

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Ice Cream! (I had to include this because Chileans LOVE ice cream; it’s literally everywhere!)

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And, the last picture: Just hanging out with new friends!

Over-thinking…

“Over-thinking kills your happiness.”

-Anonymous

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For today’s post, I was told to pick a random quote and write something about it. So, I picked the previous quote, but, I don’t really know what to write.
So, I found these two pictures that explain my thoughts of the quote.

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Thanks for reading!
Now that you know you don’t need to over-think anymore, you can go start to take all the opportunities that come your way.
Live & create an amazing life for yourself!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The Train Station

For today’s post, I was given an image to form a thought about, and write whatever came to mind. So, my thought when seeing the picture above was: “Life is like a train station!”.

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A train station: A place where people just get off one train to get on another train to get to another destination. But, is that are they are? No.

Yes, some of the people here, you will get to meet, and others will remain strangers. And, most people dislike train stations because they’re boring or too crowded, but I think they play an important role in your journey to your final destination (you don’t have to wait to arrive at your destination to learn something).

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You don’t know where people are coming from, or where they’re going, but, they had an important role to play in your journey, and you played an important role in their journey.

You see… in train stations:
You’re just coming from somewhere to go to a different destination.
And, you meet different/specific people along the way.
And, you learn different lessons.
And then, life keeps moving.

But, even though life keeps moving, that train station was an important stop-over in your journey to your next great destination.

Thanks for reading!
Remember: Stop-overs are important steps in your journey to your final destination!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Crave…

So, today’s post is a one-word prompt about the word “crave”.

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So, it’s very late at night (this might be a short post) and I almost forgot to write today. And, the first things that came to my mind when I remembered that I had to write something for day 3 was: “I crave mac & cheese”.

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I’m not exactly sure why this came to mind because mac & cheese isn’t really my favorite meal, but, I have been living in Chile for a few weeks now, and I think its’ simplicity, homey & comforting feel made me crave it.

This also made me realize that, when we travel, we usually crave the simple, little things from home.
And, when we are home, we crave/miss the simple, little adventures from our past/future travels.

Simple things really do make a difference!
Don’t overlook the little things!
Small things make more of an impact than you would think!

Thanks for reading this short & very late, but, hopefully, somewhat, insightful post!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Why I started writing…

~ Travel – Adventure – Explore ~

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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I started this post with my site tagline and my sign off signature because I just wanted to say that I didn’t choose them randomly. They are the reason I started this blog.
I specifically chose those 2 sentences because I want to live by them and encourage others to always live for adventure.
I know, life can be tough and we can get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to actually live & explore the amazing world around us. But, it’s so important that we really see and look at the world around us.

That’s why I started this blog. To encourage others and myself to live for adventure everyday because the world has so many amazing things to experience and explore.
If you’re ever having a bad day, just look around you and explore the little things surrounding you everyday that you probably always overlook. Those things can teach you a lot.
And, once you learn from those little things, start expanding your view and travel somewhere new where you will be surrounded with completely new and different bigger things.

~ Travel – Adventure – Explore ~
Treat every day as a new opportunity to experience new things!

And, that’s why I started this blog; To encourage YOU, and myself, to:

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. I’m going to be trying to write a new post everyday for the next 20 days (maybe more), just a heads up that these posts will probably be a little random, but hopefully very interesting. Okay, that’s it. See you tomorrow!

-Thanks for reading!

First Post of 2018!

I can’t believe it’s 2018!
That’s crazy!

It’s also so crazy that I spent my New Years’ in
a new continent and a new country
for the first time!

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So, if you haven’t been following my previous posts, I am currently in Chile (since December 27, 2017), and I will be living here for the next 3 months (until March 26, 2018).

If you want to go back and read some of those posts, click the links below:

  1. Crossing the equator!
  2. Santiago, Chile – Day 1 
  3. Street dogs everywhere! 
  4. Don’t underestimate it!
  5. More: coming soon…

And, if you don’t want to go read, check out this quick video I made about my trip here and my first few days in Santiago. Click the link below to watch it:

My Trip to Chile! (Part 1)

Thanks for reading! Have a great year!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂