Estoy Aqui en Santiago de Chile…I´m here!

What a whirlwind of activity the past couple days!

Santiago city view

Palm trees near Bella Artes District

patio lunch spot

Colors near my hostel
Recap: April 1st  to 4th…
Hung out with Timmie grandma and grandpa on Monday- went to the zoo and an artsy Lego display at Lauritzen Gardens , ate at California Taco from the Tripe D show- Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Movie with Allison. We finally hit rock bottom with our movie choices. Awful awful AWFUL. Just terrible.

Tuesday- hung out and figured some Chile stuff out. Played Scrabble with Grandma and ran 6 miles with Grandpa. with Al again. I love my cousin. She is amazing. Seriously. Plus she is the only one I can shop with and actually buy stuff. (Haha) Ran errands and went to Kona Grill for Happy Hour. Yummy! Bought stickers and toiletry items at Target. Had to use my VS Rewards and got $60 worth. sCoRe.

Wednesday- went grocery shopping with Grandma and on a morning walk with Liz. It was so good to catch up post wedding. I am so incredibly thankful for her friendship! Around 1:30 I went to a free yoga class at the library with my grandma- it felt good to s t r e t c h out. Then Mandy came over before the other girls to hang out. I’m so lucky to have been able to spend quality time with her since I’ve been back. I think part of the reason for my calmer attitude is because of her outlook on life and not to be so dramatic and just deal with stuff. Both of these women, as well as several others in my life, have truly taught me what real relationships are in both a friendship and marriages (from my observations!) Later on Liz and my dear friend Lori joined us for a lasagna dinner. Delish! I am truly blessed with these incredibly sweet and encouraging and positive friends! I am such a lucky girl! Between the chocolates, goodies, and cards I am set to get on that plane! 🙂
Finished somewhat packing.

I didn’t sleep last night. I barely slept this week. Ugh soo tired. But this is it. This is what I’ve worked toward for so long. Discussing over many a Chilean wine night with Sarah and Brit in Korea. I’m going to South America. And this I what dreams are made of. Not that I want to quote Hilary Duff right now… But seriously… My dreams are made of colorful backdrops, visas, plane tickets, passports, postcards, hole in the wall cafes, menus in different languages, and the laughter of people who don’t look like me, but who are living life just as I am in a routine that very well may be entirely opposite of mine.
I was able to meet up with a couple hometown friends before my flight and see their babies! Amazing! Even though we are different in many ways I hold them close to my heart. For they ultimately know how far I’ve come since High Schools and for this I am forever grateful for their belief in me and friendship through the years.
One bag. 55 lbs. of course. So now I’m lugging around my winter coat. If the Delta checkin guys’s manager wouldn’t have seen my bag then I would’ve been off the hook; he was that cool. He did however, give me 2 lbs of weight free.
First purchase of my trip- headphones. I totally did not bring mine and realized it as I was sitting at my gate. Awesome. $20 for $5 headphones I could’ve bought at Target. At least the sound is good and they work. Lol. Second purchase- a Blue Moon and peanut MMs. My last BM until I return. And the MMS because I’ve only had half a breakfast omelet and half a raisin English muffin I ate at the breakfast restaurant my grandparents took me to for my last morning. Thought I would be hungry, but I’m not.

PS loved my friend’s shout out on FB- I hope I can continue to inspire others to follow their dreams and see the results!!! You are an inspiration to me as well my dear!
PSS Timmie, we flew over STL and I thought of you!!!

Later that day- sat by some guys who were going to the Final Four games. They asked if I was ok when I told them I was going to Chile. One of the guys wife teaches ELL in Sioux City.
Made it to ATL, transferred to International terminal, exchanged currency and called my mom. No wifi here. Turned my phone off for the next few months. 🙂
Flight was delayed taking off because they had to clean it. By this point I was over tired… Too tired to fully sleep, and starving. Had a few bites of chicken dinner… Pounding headache and my eyes ache. Now it’s about and hour and half til landing… Time did pass quickly, just a very restless sleep. Sat by a really nice lady from Belgium; She’s travelled all over the world.

first Chilean Cafe


view from lunch spot patio

view from plane #1



dinner…a fresh pear and a pastry…

lunch spot in Valparaiso

first empanadas and strawberry juice


Valparaiso lunch spot

view in Valparaiso


Valparaiso colors!

April 5th- 

beautiful morning flying over the clouds and the sunrise rimming the edge of the sky with brilliant color!
Landed around 9:30… Through immigration and customs just fine. Found a shuttle to take me to my Hostel. I met this Argentinian who offered his help and have me his number, as he is staying close to where I am, then later in the ride asked what my plans were for later. Haha. Need fresh air and food. Went for a walk… Currently (1 pm) I’m sitting an outdoor cafe waiting for my taco. So far I’ve seen a gyro place, about 5 sushi bars, was told a HM opened two weeks ago, found a yoga studio a couple blocks from my hostel, and have already mailed something from the post office. Yep, I can speak Spanish, but it needs help…I keep saying Korean words for yes, hello, and thank you…I have the exact Spanish phrase in my head, but I can’t seem to spit it out!!! Gorgeous day with sunshine…and so much color…everyone is super friendly!
Back at the hostel to freshen up and nap before figuring out dinner…Local time is 2 hours ahead Central Time.
Hostel is, Hostal Bella 269. It has a purple front and it a remodelled Colonial house…it has wood floors and a nice staircase, my room is shared, it has a bathroom and small balcony…it’s cozy! 

April 6th-
I switched hostels and had a lovely conversation with the cab driver in the best Spanish I could muster. Met a couple girls from England who I’m bunking with and we roamed around the city. Stopped for fresh strawberry juice and empanadas. Relaxed in a park where this kids club was playing Gangnam style and Danzo Kudero. Hah. Met some other cool people back at the hostel.

April 7th- 

Came across the Santiago marathon on our way to the subway. (Bummer I couldn’t run it!) We took the subway to the bus station to go to Valpairaso.
I see a lot of color here– buildings clothing relationships smiles landscapes food… It’s a vibrant culture, so welcoming and warm…
Gorgeous walk in Valparaiso…obsessed with the quaintness and colors… love this city!!! 🙂
Stay tuned for more photos of Valparaiso… 

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