Monthly Archives: January 2014

Incredibly Broken Spanish

After 1 long day of flying out of the US, back in, and then out again, I made it to Chile!  With a little bit of trouble and a lot of broken Spanish, I found my hostel and spent about 2 days in Santiago.  The hostel was great, it was very nice and full of interesting travelers, including a German family visiting their daughter who was working in the hostel, who semi-adopted me while I was there.

On Friday night I set out for my 20+ hour bus drive to Bariloche, Argentina!  Finding the bus was an adventure in itself!  I thought I gave myself enough time to find the bus station, but in the end I wound up running around the bus terminal, panic stricken, with only a minute left, going to all of the bus drivers and pointing at my ticket saying “Donde!?”  I found it at the exact time it was supposed to leave, but of course, there was a line to put luggage away so we didn´t leave for another 15 minutes anyway.  On the bus I sat next to an older Bolivian man who spoke no English.  I thought “this man hates me,” but after a few tries at communiating, constantly looking in my English/Spanish dictionary, and a few laughs, we became friends.  He even went out to smoke during a stop and brought me back some water, it was wonderful.  Unfortunately, we parted ways before Osorno, Chile, but another kind older man from Argentina sat next to me and we, too tried to make conversation.

On the bus from Osorno behind me, I heard American accents speaking English!  When we got off the bus at the first border crossing, I asked them where they were from and we quickly became friends.  The 2 of them and myself, were all in the same boat: going to Bariloche with no hostel reservations.  So once we got off the bus, we walked all around the city trying to find beds, and evenutally found one after about 2 hours.  Even the smallest things become adventures when you´re in a foreign country.

Bariloche is gorgeous!  It sits on a lake with mountains all around it and is absolutely breathtaking.  This afternoon i met my host mom, Mariela.  She is so wonderful and full of energy.  There are 2 other students staying at the house, too, and we are not allowed to speak in English in the house; i already feel like my Spanish has improved.  Until next time!image

And so it begins…or it will in several days

Hey friends!  Well, I decided to do it – no, not settle down and get a full time job: start a travel journal!  I won’t promise to update it every so many days, but I will promise to update it when I can and make it as interesting as possible!  So here goes my first entry:

As many of you know, I’m heading to South America on Tuesday!  If you didn’t know, now you do.  Where am I going?  I’ll be traveling around southern Chile and Argentina, mainly in the Patagonia area.  What will I be doing?  Who knows!  But honestly, I’ll be taking a 5 day Spanish course in Argentina, traveling, meeting interesting people, and hopefully climbing, backpacking, and volunteering on a farm or at a hostel.    I purposefully did not plan a lot for this trip, so my plan is to go wherever the wind blows me (cliche, I know).

To say I am excited is an understatement, I am SO INCREDIBLY PSYCHED!  Luckily, I have many amazing friends who have either already traveled to this area, or just have experience traveling in general, and have aquired numerous helpful pieces of advice.  So thank you to my friends and family who have been helpful, supportive, and excited for me, I am a lucky lucky girl to have you around.  So here’s to new adventures and hopefully some good stories to come!

The mess of piles that is my room while I pack

The mess of piles that is my room while I pack

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In other news, my car is more organized than it has been in months!

In other news, my car is more organized than it has been in months!