My First Month in Chile: The Biggest Thing I’ve Learned

My First Month in Chile: The Biggest Thing I’ve Learned

By: April Thompson

I can’t believe I’ve been here for just over a month. So much has happened and yet I still have so much more to experience. This month I have learned how to use the metro, moved in with a Chilean family, made way too many amazing friends, explored the Andes on horse-back, hiked to a waterfall, hiked multiple mountains, started doing my university courses in Spanish, spoken Spanglish like a pro, eaten too many empanadas and most recently went skiing in the Andes. The list goes on and on.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I have a pretty bad cold now (big surprise seeing as I’ve been trying to see and do as much as possible) so I’m just spending the weekend in bed. I probably should not have gone skiing yesterday but there was not much snow and now there is probably even less snow so I’m glad I went. The mountain was gorgeous. We got such a sweet blue bird day (blue skies for those of you who don’t speak Ski Bum) and although the snow wasn’t so great, the view from the top was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I could see over the smog that suffocates Santiago and breathing fresh air was a wonderful change. Not to mention I was completely surrounded by mountains and it was so warm! It was definitely a strange experience driving up to the mountain and passing thousands of cacti and palm trees on our way to the white capped ski hill.

Chile has taught me more and more not to worry. I tend to worry a lot and it really doesn’t get me anywhere. If things don’t go according to plan (which they usually don’t) that’s perfectly okay. The only thing I can fully control is my attitude. Who cares if someone’s┬árunning late? Who cares if it’s raining? We can find something else to do. Besides, failed plans are the biggest opportunity for spontaneous adventure.

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