I constantly get the question- “What are you doing in Chile?” Seriously, all the time. Even from close friends and family back at home. I thought I shared more of my life on social media than anyone cared to know about, but apparently, I’ve been sparing the details.
And so, for my first “Little Look at my Expat Life” I’m going to be giving you all a “little look” at my everyday life here in Santiago.
The truth is- My normal day-to-day routine probably doesn’t look too different from any other 20-something living big-city-life back in the US. (Or anywhere else in the world for that matter.) The one big difference when it comes to me is- I’m doing it abroad.
Even though I write what started as a “travel blog,” I’m not traveling as much as I used to anymore. For a while I was stressing out trying to keep up with this border-hopping, jet-setting online “persona” I’d constructed for myself, when in reality my life now consists of a full-time job and a one-year lease. How boring ….
BUT, then I realized something. What I’m doing right now is pretty cool too. That’s what I should focus on. Just because I might be used to my current situation and not see it as anything extremely exciting, that doesn’t mean that what I’m doing down here in the Southern Hemisphere is normal for others.
Note- For those of you that don’t already know me or may be new in these parts, I’m Lauren and I’m a 20-something New Yorker living in Santiago, Chile. I moved here about a year and a half ago, first to teach English, and then returned earlier this year to try something new. I’m currently working at PropertySimple, an online, US-based real estate startup that has offices here in Santiago, Chile.
Here’s a day in my expat life in Santiago:
My alarm sounds at 6:45. I squint open one eye, peer through my curtains and hit snooze. Last night was a late one. Nine minutes later, I hit snooze again.
By the time I actually force my eyelids open, my iPhone reads 7:15. It’s still dark. Time to reluctantly eject myself from the warm cozy comfort of my bed.
I’m out for a run. It’s damp and chilly, as the sun hasn’t fully risen yet. I pop my headphones in and jog right on by Santiago’s first rush of commuters.
The sun is up, I’m showered, dressed, fed and finally ready to head to work and take on the day. I’m a few minutes late (as per usual), and so I’m speeding down the sidewalk, dodging the occasional leisurely dog walker and elderly stroller on my 15-minute walk to the Metro.
Woof, just in time. I walk into my office, drop my bag, throw my lunch in the fridge and b-line it to our fancy Italian Espresso machine. I’m not the only one with this idea. There’s a line …
I’m finally at my desk, warm creamy coffee in hand and I pop open my laptop. I check my emails, Facebook/Workplace notifications, have a quick daily stand-up meeting with my marketing team and organize myself for the rest of the day.
Today, I’m editing videos and working on social media strategy. We’ve just started our own online reality series called, The Future of Real Estate, and I’m working on a Title Sequence. The series features an English realtor living in LA who is trying to reach a goal of selling $30million in residential real estate by January 1st, 2018.
My stomach starts to grumble. Consumed in my “productive-no-lyric-playlist” and very into the task at hand, I try to put it off just a wee-bit longer, but I can’t deny it. It’s time to take a break and feed the beast. I return to the fridge and search for my lunch in the sea of Tupperware, heat it up, toss in some of my secret stash of Tobasco and join the others in the main office.
Back to work. My boss, Adrian, is in town from Arizona in the US and we have a facetime strategy meeting scheduled with our Brand Consultant, Hermione in London.
A catch-up call, a lot of social-media-strategy chat and a few Facebook filters later, I’m ready to get back at it and start wrapping up for the day.
It’s time to complete my daily social media tasks like posting to PropertySimple’s Instagram, planning Twitter and Facebook posts for the week, creating graphics, planning promotions and ads and responding to all social media inquiries.
The power goes out. This happens more often than you’d think in Santiago. Anyway, this is a pretty good sign that it’s time to stop working.
The team decides to stick around for a bit after hours and a few team members “hacen una vaca” (Chilean speak for collect money) to go grab some beer. I head back to my office to grab my hidden Pisco reserve. After a few drinks and slices of delivery Pizza, we join the other startups across the hall, who have also chosen to play out the night and stick around for a while.
I’m walking in my door. It’s been a long day, but a fun and rewarding one. The perfect mix of work and play. I throw on my fuzzy Líder PJS, slide under my cover into my chilly bed, set my alarm for 6:45 and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.
*Note- my work day usually ends around 6:30PM, but when my boss is in town we usually make special exceptions.
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Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
Consider yourself a wanderer?! Well then, this Blog Hop is for you!
Meet your hosts: ME, Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
Here on Wanderful Wednesday we hope to promote an open and supportive community for like-minded bloggers- expats, travelers and all kinds of wanderers!
The linkup will take place every Wednesday at 8AM GMT.
Wanderful Wednesday Guidelines:
- Link up a wanderful travel related post below! One per blogger per week please!
- Spread the LOVE! Blog Hops are all about hopping around & getting to know others within the community! At the very least please try to comment on one other post before you go!
- Let’s get Social! Really liked a post you read? Don’t be shy! Share your favorites on Social Media! You can use the hashtag: #wanderfulwednesday
- Don’t forget to grab the button and link back to your wanderful hosts! Help us spread the word and let’s get others involved!
You can also pin your post to our new Pinterest Board! Let me know if you’d like the invite.
This week I’m highlighting My Mother’s Daughter by Anna of Slightly Astray. I can relate to this post in so many ways. Being away from loved ones is the worst part of living abroad, but Anna I’m pretty sure this post made up for it! Your mom definitely knows you’re thinking about her, love her and care about her very much! What a truly beautiful and inspiring story! If you haven’t already, be sure to go check out her post and spread the love! Thanks for linking up with us Anna! 😀
Happy Hopping Friends!! 😀