For those of you who don’t know, los mapaches y los chanchos translates to “raccoons and pigs”. Those are just two of the words I learned today in my first Spanish class here in Santiago. Did you know that there are no raccoons in South America?! My teachers have never seen a raccoon ever in their whole life. It’s crazy how different it is on the other side of the world. Who would have thought?
But hold on, how did I even get here? Lets rewind.
It all started at the Buffalo Airport where all the girls and I were cheesin’ real hard. I think it’s safe to say we were all decently excited. If you’ve never been on a plane for 10 hours straight, you are actually very lucky because it is surprisingly not the most comfortable experience I’ve ever had. Shocking, I know. The thing is, I just know that when I fall asleep my mouth is going to hang open and I’m going to start drooling and I’d rather not do that in front of a ton of people. In any case, I made it and here we are.
At the end of a long plane ride and settling in, we were able to walk around the city and explore. I felt like Spongebob steppin’ on the beach. (do do do dooo!) There are so many beautiful places in the city and I can’t wait to see more.
Will I find beauty? Already have.
Today was filled with Spanish lessons and empanadas. Every day starts with a Spanish lesson and a new adventure. I live just a few minutes from the schools I am attending and I can easily walk anywhere I need to go. Grocery stores, banks, and restaurants line my street and the sidewalks are teeming with people that look like they have somewhere to be. Its very different from home, but so far, so good. I am so excited for the days to come and I can’t wait to see more of the city.
For more thoughts and adventures, stay tuned.