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Life Lately & My Move back to Santiago

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Life Lately
It’s been a longgggggggg time [I actually can’t remember how long] since I’ve updated anyone in the blogosphere as to what exactly it is that I’m doing right now……. and well, I owe you all an explanation.
Truthfully, I haven’t given an update yet, because I hardly knew exactly what it was that I was doing myself. I’ve been a bit all over the place and trying to figure out my next moves, so it was all too complicated to explain.
After almost 3 months of constant movement and travel, I’m finally starting to settle down and get back into somewhat of a routine, which weirdly I desperately needed. And, it’s finally time to share!
So to answer everyone’s first question …..

What?! You’re back in Chile?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know a little bit as to what I’ve been up to. I left Santiago on New Year’s Day, traveled down through Southern Chile and Argentina, later spent some time at home in New York, visited friends and family around the Northeast, had a quick stint in my beloved Madrid and now am currently back in Chile. Yeah.. I wasn’t kidding when I said a bit all over the place…
So, yes, that’s right. I’m back in Santiago, Chile!
As I write this post, I’m sitting at my new living room table, in my new apartment in a new neighborhood [for me] in Santiago! I’ve officially been back down in the southern hemisphere for almost three weeks and now that I have some things figured out, I knew it was time to fill you all in.

Cue the second question …

Why’d you go back?

This question is harder to answer…
I get the “Why Chile?” question so often, that I’ve resorted to a perfectly crafted, short, superficial regurgitation, as after a whole year in this country, I’m only just starting to figure out my answer. And so I guess in a weird way, that’s the answer in itself. Confusing, I know. It’s hard to explain…
I came back to Chile because I felt like I still hadn’t cracked this country. I still had more to learn, more to do, more to see. I wasn’t done with Chile and Chile wasn’t done with me.
Why I came to Chile in the first place is easy. When my contract ended in Spain, I knew I wasn’t ready to come home. I wanted to further my experience living abroad, while also working on my Spanish language skills [jokes on me with that one]- making South America the obvious option. My friend Mandy and I explored different opportunities in cities around Latin America, and after narrowing down the choices to two major cities, Buenos Aires and Santiago, we eventually decided on Santiago [for reasons that could fill their own post]. After moving here on a whim, and living here for a full year, I can say Chile is a breathtakingly beautiful country, full of opportunity, rich culture and exciting possibility.
When I started packing up my things to leave Chile “for good” back in February, something felt off. My gut was telling me that it wasn’t time to go yet. And when my gut speaks, I do my best to listen.
Just like my time in Spain, one year in Santiago wasn’t nearly enough. It takes time to get used to a new home, to learn a language, to make real friends, to figure out where you’re going and what you’re doing. By the time I had done all of these things in Santiago, AKA made real connections, with both the people and the place, it was time to leave, to move on once again. It just didn’t feel right.

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” -Anatole France ?? Trust in your journey and make sure you enjoy the ride! ?

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So, what now?

Well, even though I moved back to Santiago, a place where I now feel comfortable, this time was going to be WAY different. This time I was returning to Chile without a “real plan,” or at least no concrete one. Coming back to Chile without a plan was both extremely exciting and incredibly terrifying. All I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to teach English this time around.
Teaching English for the past three years was an amazing experience that allowed me to support myself while pursuing my passion for travel and living abroad. I don’t regret it in the least bit and would do the whole thing over again in a heartbeat. The thing is though, after three years of it, I knew teaching wasn’t for me. Teaching wasn’t my passion; it wasn’t my future. At 25 years young, I knew it was time to start exploring what exactly those real passions were and paving a path for what was to come.
AND NOW, it’s all happening incredibly fast!
In the span of less than 3 weeks back down here in the southern hemisphere, I’ve moved into my new apartment with my new roomies and found and started a new job as a Digital Marketing Assistant for a US based start up! I’m already learning a ton and have high hopes for the rest of this year! It’s autumn in April and I’m taking each challenge and day as it comes!
More to come on the apartment and the job soon..

Year two and still not used to Autumn in April! But hey, when life gives you leaves… ?? #hellofromtheotherside

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So, I hope I’ve cleared up some things and answered the majority of your questions! Sorry again for the late update, but the whirlwind of life got the best of me once again…..
Anything else you’d like to know about my move back to Santiago? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!  

Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
****Exciting Wanderful Wednesday Announcement!!****
Coming up next month on May 17th, we are going to be celebrating one year of the Wanderful Wednesday linkup!
As a way to celebrate all of us in this community, we would like you to take a photo of yourself, where you live or where you are travelling, holding a sign saying ‘”Happy First Birthday Wanderful Wednesday! From___________ (destination)”  Please send us the photo either to one of our email addresses or via inbox on Facebook, don’t forget to also include your blog address in the message, so we can mention it in the post. 
We will be sharing the posts on our blogs on Wednesday 17th May so please send us the photos by Wednesday 10th May at the latest.  We can’t wait to see all of your photos! ?
Now, back to the link up guidelines …..
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:

  1. Link up a wanderful travel related post below! One per blogger per week please!
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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!Button-WW

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 Hello, Reverse Culture Shock by Sarah at Endless Distances! This is such a well written, thought provoking post and anyone who has lived abroad and later returned home can relate! If you haven’t already, be sure to go check out her post and spread the love! Thanks for linking up with us Sarah! ?
Happy Hopping Friends!! 😀

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