There were a lot of things that I expected to happen on this trip and I am happy to say that my expectations were met. For this trip I expected that I would:
· Face some fears- check ( though, this happened more often than I expected)
· Try lots of new things- check
· Learn a lot- check
· Share a lot -check
· Gather new teaching ideas- check
· Have lots of fun- double check!
Now for the things that I didn’t expect:
Now that I’ve been back for a while, I’m starting to notice a slight change in my behavior and attitude toward life. I noticed that I am a lot more relaxed and easy going. Though I have much to get done (grad school, grad assistantship, and the few certification items that still hang over my head), I still manage to remain calm. It’s like the easy-going nature of Chilean culture has caught on to me. I guess stress doesn’t come from how much you have to get done, but instead from your mindset about it. This is something I hope doesn’t fade away.
Secondly, I’ve noticed a change in my diet. Before going to Chile I had very poor eating habits. The food my Chilean host mom prepared, however, was far from the junk I was used to eating. After eating healthier for three weeks (after all, they say it only takes 21 days to form a habit) I came home and decided to keep it going. Let’s hope this doesn’t change as well!
*By the way, I miss the natural juices from Chile!!! I could probably find it here, but in comparison to the ones in Chile, it would probably cost an arm and a leg and wouldn’t be as fresh!*
The biggest change is this burning desire I have to travel now. I will definitely travel abroad again and I am strongly considering teaching abroad! The funny thing is that a couple of weeks before the trip a friend of mine asked me if I would ever do one of those teaching abroad programs. My response was no because I couldn’t imagine leaving home and being away from everyone for a year or two. It seemed like too big of a commitment for too much amount of time. Now, however, I think I could! I specifically want to go to a Spanish speaking country so that I could continue to learn Spanish. Maybe even back to Chile.
Keep watch Santiago, I just may be back.