Lost @ home

“Traveling – It gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.”

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You see, feeling homesick in another country, brings back the memories about things missed from home. But, feeling homesick at home, is confusing because you’re home, so you think you should feel fine. But, deep down there’s something missing; it feels like the other country became your “home away from home”.
So, no matter where you are, you feel homesick because everywhere you’ve been is home in some way.

“Everywhere feels like home in it’s own way.”
That’s a sign of a well-traveled adventurer —
when you feel at home in every country you’ve ever visited!


*Traveling abroad helps you find yourself in so many different countries!*

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Personally, I love traveling so I can learn about new cultures, new languages, discover new places in the world, and discover new things about myself.
And, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized that there is one downside to always wanting to travel and explore the world — *You eventually start to find yourself in all those countries. And, then, when you come home, you feel lost in your own hometown.*


And, that is a difficult, yet inevitable things to adjust to about traveling abroad.
When you start to travel abroad, you start to find yourself in other countries & you start to loose yourself at home. But, that’s when you need to realize why traveling is so amazing.
One day, you are going to wake up and realize that all your adventures were worth it because you will feel like the whole world has become your home, and you will realize that wherever you are in the world you will feel at home.


When the world starts to feel like your home; that’s when you know that you need to continue to travel — To continue to get to know the world and make international connections, so that whenever you feel homesick from that country, you can go back there as if it were home!


Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there & go explore the world & make the world your home!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Learning how to chill…

So, stress is not fun at all.
And, learning that the hard way makes it even more stressful.

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While I was living in Chile, I learned that stressing about things is never a good response.
I learned to just go with the flow; to not always stress when things don’t happen on time or go exactly as planned.

And, during those 3 months abroad, I learned that being able to control stress is very important for any situation because it helps you relax and let go, even when everything around you seems out of place and you can’t control anything that happens.

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Throughout my travels, I learned that learning to relax feels great. It gives you a sense of calm in crazy situations that you don’t understand.
You see, each trip I’ve taken abroad has taught me something different about stress because being in a different country and in a different environment, helped me react to things differently and taught me how to react to things in a calm way.

For example: The past few months I spent in Chile taught me that not everything needs to be planned down to the last details (it taught me not to stress about ‘staying on schedule’). Sometimes being spontaneous is amazing, and it even helps you stress less because your not constantly thinking about what to do or say next.

This spontaneous attitude that I’ve gained has also taught me that 24 hours is a lot; you don’t always need to have an exact time to do something (you have the entire day).
All you need to do is just think about what you want to do that day; but don’t plan when you will do it or else you’ll stress yourself out and shut down completely.
At least, if you know what you want to do that day, you will find opportunities to get them done when you can during the day, without stressing about needing to get everything done at once.

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“Life doesn’t need to follow a set calendar plan to the last details.
Sometimes being spontaneous helps you clear your mind of anxieties & just be happy with where you are right now in life.”

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Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Home after living abroad!?

Coming back home after living abroad for a time is not easy!

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Yup, Reverse Culture Shock! It’s a real thing!

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So, I’ve only been back from Chile for about a week now and the only way I can describe coming home after living abroad for a time is: “weird” & “confused”.
In Chile, everything felt so normal. Living there just felt like normal living, but now everything I do here seems weird and different.
For example: It’s dark outside right now (@8pm which is 2hours earlier than I’m used to, but that’s not the point). So, it’s dark and I just turned on the lights in my room and it actually made the room 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! 🙂


P.S. Here’s the link to my other posts about my experiences in Chile: My Trip to Chile! 🇨🇱
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

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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! 🇨🇱

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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! 🙂

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...

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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.

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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! 🙂

Coco!

So, I just had a “weird” experience.

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

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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.

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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.

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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! (Gracías para leer!)

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Two sides to everything…

Sometimes you just have to turn around and look behind you for a second.
It might change a lot more than you think!

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Location of picture:

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50 minutes from La Serena, Chile

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While taking the picture above, I was drawn to the lake because the sun was shining directly on it and it seemed like the perfect picture of a lake in the middle of the mountains.
I didn’t really think of taking a picture on the other side because the sun was shining directly at my camera and the view didn’t seem as good, but I took one just to see what it would look like and, it actually came out amazing.
I, then, realized that the sun setting behind the mountains, the sun flair on my camera and, the river going through the mountains was a really good picture and I was glad I decided to take both pictures.

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So, why am I sharing this story?
Well, after taking a picture of both sides of this bridge, I realized that it was kind of a metaphor for life.
You see, sometimes we can get stuck just looking at one side of things in our life, and we are happy with it because we think it’s a great view.
But, it’s not until we turn around that we realize that we should have turned around much earlier because there was so much more amazing things waiting for us, and all we had to do was turn around and shift our perspective.

And, it’s really quite a simple concept.
You just turn around to shift your focus, and watch your perspective change.
And, that small shift in your perspective could change your whole world.

One simple shift in your focus
could change your entire perspective of your life!

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to change your perspective every now and then; and, if you’d like to read more about perspective, check out this post: Perspective… / A Day in Valparaiso, Chile!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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?

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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.

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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! 🙂

Put in the work!

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You can’t just put in work when you feel like it.
Success won’t come overnight.
Your dreams won’t accomplish themselves.

Whatever it is that you want to accomplish; YOU have to put in the work EVERYDAY!
Results come with consistency and patience!

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I’ve been living in Chile for 2 months and I can truly say that putting in the work is 100% worth it.
There are days (especially during my first month of living here) when I don’t feel like trying to speak Spanish, and as a result, during the day I feel lost and alone. I’m not trying to understand what people are saying and I don’t feel like trying to speak (my broken) Spanish, and as a result, I isolate myself.
But, during the days when I put in the work to listen and speak Spanish, I start to feel like I actually kind of fit in because I’m consciously listening and understanding to what people are saying and I actively try to speak Spanish the best I can and I start to feel understood and less alone.

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Anyways, this post is just your Sunday reminder that whatever you want to accomplish this week, you can’t just sit there and say: “I’ll get there 1 day, I have all week anyways.”.
You have to get up now and actively work for what you want!

Putting in the work will always lead to great things!

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Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encouraged you to have a productive and positive week!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

“Slang” palabras en español…

So, I’ve thought about writing a post in Spanish, but to be honest, I don’t know if my level of Spanish is ready to write a full post in Spanish (but I will soon, hopefully).
So, I thought, instead, I’ll just write a few new Chilean slang words I’ve learned (because Chileans use a lot of slang).

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    1. Cachai
      This is the first slang word I learned and the one I remember the most because it’s used a lot and it’s probably the simplest to understand.
      It simply means: “Do you understand?” or more specifically “Did you catch that?”
    2. Luka
      This is an interesting one.
      It means: thousand. (5 thousand pesos = 5 lukas)
    3. Al Tiro
      This one simply means: Right now, immediatly.
    4. Bacán
      This one is interesting because in other latin american countries, it can be a bad word, but in Chile, it means: Excellent (used like the word ‘cool’).
    5. Fome
      This one is used when something is: Boring
    6. Once / Tecito
      Refers to supper time, more specifically, tea time.
      Chileans don’t use the term supper time. It goes: Breakfast (@10) – Lunch (@2or3) – Once (@9-10).
      P.S. “Once” literally means ‘eleven’ and “tecito” literally means ‘little tea’.
    7. Picada
      Refers to a lesser known place to get better products.
      Example: The best spot to buy souvenirs would be refered to as: “Una picada de recuerdos”.
    8. Buena (prounced: wena)
      This is a simple way to say: ok – good – hi – hey.
      And, the tone of your voice really influences whether you’re truly excited or being sarcastic about something.
    9. Micro
      This is the name for a city bus.
      The word bus in Chilean refers to a big bus (tour bus type), and a micro refers to a smaller bus that stays within each city/town.
    10. Taco
      This does not refer to mexican food. “Taco” refers to a traffic jam.

 

That’s all the slang words I can remember for today (more to come soon).

 

Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you know any more chilean slang; comment below.
Or, if you have interesting slang in your own language; comment that below as well. I’d love to learn about it.

-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! ~

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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! 🙂

Perspective… / A Day in Valparaiso, Chile!

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“Perspective changes everything!”

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So, recently I took a trip to Valparaiso, Chile & I had the best day there, just wandering the city! Here’s an “itinerary” of that trip:

1- I took the bus (1 hour) to Valparaiso alone, and didn’t get lost once!

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2- I explored and wandered the beautiful city of Valparaiso!

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3- My eyes were truly open to everything I saw today!

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4- I was completely present in the moment today, which made my adventuring, wandering & exploring so much better!

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5- Like the title & the picture hint: I got perspective thrown at me in multiple ways today!

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Perspective: The appearance of things relative to one another, as determined by their distance from the viewer.

So, the first picture you saw at the top of this page is a view standing from the top of a staircase in Valparaiso.
And, the next picture you saw at the top of this page is a view of the same staircase, but this time, standing right in front of it (instead of above it).

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You see, this is why perspective is such an important concept because things are always different from where someone is standing.
Just like in life. People see things differently because they’re in different places in their own lives, this means that everyone has a different perspective about some/most things.

Nothing is the same for everyone because we all perceive things differently, which means that we all experience life differently.
That’s perspective! Being different & accepting different perspectives of the same things.

The picture from above the staircase could be someone’s view of that staircase for their entire life. Whereas, the picture in front of the staircase could be someone  else’s view of it for their entire life. But, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t both seeing the same staircase, they are just looking at it from where they are currently standing.
And, most people would be fine with just seeing it from their perspective for their entire life, but, what I’m trying to encourage you to do after reading this post is: to always try and look at things from different perspectives because you never know what you could discover, just by shifting your focus.

“Don’t stay in the same spot for your whole life
(don’t stay at the top of the staircase for your entire life)!
Change your perspective
(come down & look at it from a different perspective)!”

Change your PERSPECTIVE! It might just change EVERYTHING!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to search for a new perspective in your life!

P.S. Valparaiso is truly a beautiful city, & if you’re ever in Chile, I highly recommend taking a trip here to see this beautiful city for yourself! You won’t regret it, it will definitely help you understand the concept of perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A day in Viña del Mar, Chile!

So, a few days ago, I took a bus to Viña del Mar,
which is 1 hour away from the town that I live in, here in Chile.
And, although it was a quick one day trip, it made me love
Chile even more.

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Here are a few pictures I took of my trip to Viña del Mar:

 

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Arriving in Vina del Mar!
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Walking around & Exploring the city!
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Starbucks! (there’s none in the town I live in, so when I saw it, I was pretty happy) 🙂
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Walking on the beach! (this was my first time at the beach since I’ve been here) 🙂
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The Pacific Ocean! 🙂
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Taking the metro back, instead of the bus!
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Inside view of the metro!
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Outside view of the metro!
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And, back to Quillota, Chile!

 

 

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

One day – OR – Day one

You decide…

. . .

Are you gonna keep saying: “one day I’ll accomplish that thing I’ve always wanted“?

– OR –

Are you going to: “start today and make today, day one of accomplishing your dreams and goals”?

. . .

That’s all for this post. I just wanted to give you some quick food for thought to get you motivated to start accomplishing your goals today and stop saying: “one day”. And, start saying: “today is, day one of my journey to accomplishing my goals”.

Thanks for reading!

-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)

. . .

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! 🙂

 

My Own Material

For today’s post, I was challenged to look through my old Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts and pick something that stood out to me and write what I think about it now.

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So, I chose to look through my Instagram feed and, while scrolling through, my very first Instagram post stood out to me.

Here it is:

The comment under it, just said: “Smile”.

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While thinking about how I feel about it now, I could only say: “I’m so glad this was my first Instagram post because it reminds me to always remember to smile, no matter what’s happening around me. Smiling is so much easier (and much more worth it) than being angry or upset at the world all the time.” And, just like the comment says, it’s simple; just Smile (one powerful word).

Just a simple smile can turn your whole day around!

. . .

And, also, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed how much it changed and evolved throughout the years.

From: Just random pictures I would find on the internet that seemed interesting.

To: Pictures I take on my own adventures.

It changed from, a random Instagram account, to, more of a traveling account.

It was very interesting to look back and see my own journey because it helped me see that I’ve come very far. And, it gives me hope that I will still keep going far.

. . .

So, now I challenge you to go through one of your social media feeds and find something that sticks out to you, OR, just look at your journey and notice how much your posts have changed over time. (Comment below with what you discovered).

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember where and how you started, and to have faith and hope in your future.

-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).

. . .

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:

. . .

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.
. . .
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! 😊

Where I write…

Place, setting, object, method, etc.

. . .

Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).

They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.

. . .

I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.

Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.

I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.

So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.

I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).

. . .

So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Continue reading “Where I write…”

Strange, yet Fascinating! 

Wow! That went by quick! 2 weeks to living in Chile-in the books! I can’t believe it’s already, and only, been two weeks. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but yet, it also feels like I’ve done so much.

. . .

This year (2018) has already been a crazy year, all about doing strange & fascinating things (and it’s still only January)

. . .

From: 
Listening to people speak so fast in Spanish.
To:
Living in another country (alone).
Not a thing about this year has been normal (compared to all the past year’s of my life). 

. . .

Seriously, though, listening to people speak another language has become so fascinating to me because they do it with such ease (obviously I know it’s their native language), yet for me to follow along, takes a lot (and I mean an extra amount) of effort. 

And, every time I listen to people speak Spanish, it’s so fascinating to think that that’s how I sound to them when I speak English. 

. . .

And, as if listening wasn’t hard enough, when I think I know what they’re talking about, I’m usually wrong because I missed an important word or part of the conversation. 

. . .

Living here in Chile is like being a kid all over again and needing to start over at 0 & learn how to speak all over again & train my ears to listen to a foreign language as if it’s normal. 

But, I’ve asked myself this question multiple times since living here:

“Exactly, how, do you learn & become fluent in a completely new language as an adult?” 

And, if you came here for answers, I’m sorry but I’m still figuring out the answer myself, but I can say: 

Part of it is because our brain isn’t as fresh as it was when we were babies, so it’s harder for you to soak up and retain things & catch on to the tones in peoples voices.

So, you end up having a slight accent when you speak because that’s what you grew up hearing and that’s what your brain thinks words should sound like. And because you have an accent, you feel subconscious about speaking, in fear of being made fun of. And because of that fear, you just don’t speak, and you never practice, and you never learn.

So, what I’m trying to say is, that if you are trying to learn a new language:

Don’t be afraid to speak it because that’s truly the only way you will even come close to fluency in that language. 

But, let me warn you, it will take a long time. 

But, it will definitely be worth it! 

Thanks for reading! 
Now get out there and go learn a new language & don’t give up on it!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A rollercoaster year!

Hold up!
Wait!
Before I even start to talk about this past year, I just have to say that in the beginning of this year I would have never imagined being here in Chile for New Year’s.
That’s just crazy!

. . .

I’ll admit, this year has had it’s down/low moments, but in general, 2017 has been an amazing year.
I’ve accomplished so many things that I am proud to say that I’ve accomplished.
Like: 

  • Going to Belize!
  • Graduating college!
  • Growing this blog! (Thank You)
  • Working at a great hotel!
  • Just living life!
  • And, now, living in Chile!

Honestly, this year has been so crazy that I don’t even want to make any resolutions or a bucket list for next year because I didn’t make one this year, yet I’ve accomplished so much. 

. . .

I still can’t believe today is the last day of 2017.
So much can happen in 365, and you don’t even realize it until it’s all done.
And, if 2017 wasn’t your year, you have another 365 days to change that, with another great year ahead!

. . .

Here’s to 2018!

Quillota, Chile


Thank you so much for reading my blog this past year, and, remember to always continue to: 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂 

Street dogs everywhere! 

So, I’ve only been in Chile for a few days now, but one thing I’ve notice since I got here are all the street dogs.

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Now, I didn’t say ‘stray dogs’ because they are not strays. They get fed, but when they grow up and are not puppies anymore people don’t want them living in their house. So, they end up living on the streets and people just feed them when they come to their door. 

Now, unlike popular stereotypes, this doesn’t mean that people don’t care about the dogs; people actually care a lot about the dogs, but their houses are not very big to take in a big dog when it grows up. They can’t take them in their small houses, and they don’t have a huge backyard for the dogs either, so they figure that it’s better if they roam free. 

And, on the bright side, this way the dog never gets forgotten, and gets fed and loved by multiple people. 
Thanks for reading my first thoughts about chilean culture! (more to come soon)

– LiveForAdventure! 🙂