Hello everyone, it’s been just over 4 months since I uploaded the last travel blog. The weeks are passing by so quickly and while sometimes I find myself checking a countdown to my flight back home (usually when I’m having a bad day at school), I’m really pleased to say I’ve been so much happier here the last few weeks that I’m just trying to make the most of what little time I have left here.
So, four months. A lot has happened! I suppose the biggest update is that we’ve actually moved house! We’re now living in Puente Alto, which is quite literally on the other side of Santiago to Quilicura. Although our commute has increased from 10 minutes to around an hour and 40 minutes, I think I can speak for both myself and Emily when I say we’re a lot more comfortable where we’re living now. I’m so grateful for everything Mónica and her family have done for us during our first 8 months in Chile and I’ll always have some fun memories with them, but this move was definitely the right thing for all of us.
Here are some photos of our old neighbourhood in Quilicura:
The last photo is actually of our old house, since I never showed people the area in which we lived. Below is a photo of the street we live on now; we’re so close to the mountains now and on a clear day it’s breathtaking!
Before we moved, we celebrated Easter with Mónica and her family. On Holy Saturday Emily and I went into the centre and (finally) visited Cerro San Cristobal and the Big Sister. We went up on the teleférico; the views of the whole city were incredible. Not pictured: me trying to walk on the bollards in the last photo and almost falling off multiple times.
I do want to make a post about what I do in a day at school, so I won’t say too much other than it’s hard work! I primarily work with pre-kinder to 5th grade, going into classes to help answer questions, mark work, do the routine (sometimes) and generally try to be useful in and outside of classes. For the past two weeks I have been marking exams and compiling results which has been necessary but I do miss being in my classes and seeing the students.
In addition, the school celebrated its 14th anniversary with a week-long competition between the 3 alliances: Red (all the A classes), Blue (all the B classes) and Green (all the C classes). Since I work closely with some B classes, I supported the Blue alliance. We ended up losing (terribly), and my students from 5°A (Red won) took no time in patting me on the back and telling me I should have supported Red instead. Still, it was a fun way to spend a Friday morning.
I’ve also celebrated my birthday in the last four months! It was a really lovely day, Emily made me pancakes with manjar and we went to a town called Pomaire with Cathy’s (our new host) entire family, since it also happened to be Mother’s Day. It actually ended up being pretty warm too, which was good because I was so worried it would rain or be really cold (something I’m not used to in May, nor now in June!).
As you can see I was really enthusiastic about the birthday cake!
Those are the most significant things I can think of that happened between my last update and now. I’m hoping to upload my ‘day in the life’ blog and another one I’ve been set by PT correspondents (remember that random poem in September? That was for PT correspondents) so! Maybe I’ll be more active this month. Maybe.
Anyway, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this little update and proof of life and I’ll see you all in the next post.