My Spontaneous, Amazing Trip to Santiago

I wrote this a few days ago, but am just now getting around to publishing it.  Enjoy!

Favorite holey jeans and sandals

Favorite holey jeans and sandals

Here I am, June 2, 2013, sitting in the Bogota airport awaiting my flight back to Aruba. Bogota is just my layover from a week spent in Santiago. I have four different currencies in my wallet (U.S. Dollar, Chilean Peso, Columbian Peso and Aruban Florin), but apparently “gypsies carry different currencies” (and I have been called a gypsy more than a few times lately). In the past 6 months, I have been in Miami, Savannah, Atlanta, Mexico, Aruba and Chile. I am more of a wanderer now than I have ever been. I can remember being a planner…I always had a plan for what I wanted to do. At some point, I became OK with change…open to the possibilities that I could plan, but that would always change. So, here is my spontaneous trip to Santiago…

Santiago

Santiago

I was asked to come to Santiago on a Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, we had the tickets. On Friday evening, I was on a plane. Maybe things haven’t sunken in yet, but making plans that quickly and just…going….it didn’t seem so out of place for me.  It was exciting and spontaneous and felt very much like the “right” thing to do…

“Vacations” have two purposes (so I am told): relaxation or sight seeing. I can tell you that I have never taken a vacation to relax. I always feel like I need to be doing something, seeing something, learning something… This one was a little different than both of those. I went to see someone there and for whatever reasons I went (which I won’t get into), only know that they were for the best of reasons (really, what could be better than spending time with someone?).

Shoes, something out of the ordinary for me

Shoes, something out of the ordinary for me

So what did I do in Santiago? I did very normal things. I went to Bikram Yoga. I ran. I went to the gym. I worked (I also work for a website, which makes working remotely very easy). I cooked. I went to the movies. I ate at a few restaurants, but mostly cooked at the house. I spent time “being in the moment” and it was incredible. I struggle with being in the moment, I tend to over think things and it takes me away from what is really happening. This week, for the most part, I was completely present and it felt amazing, eye-opening even.

Bikram Studio

Bikram Studio

Now, I did do some sight seeing. I ran several times and just enjoyed seeing the city. The city is in their fall/early winter and the leaves are still yellow. The air was brisk and I could enjoy a view of the Andes every day. On two separate days, I attempted to visit a Contemporary Art Museum. The first day, they were closed. That was OK with me because I could go exploring. I discovered a marketplace where you can buy…pretty much any fresh food you want (excellent find-I prefer these to supermarkets). I wandered through the streets just long enough to get a blister from wearing something other than sandals! Two days later, I returned to the area…went to the museum, enjoyed a cappucino in a local cafe and returned back to the house on the metro.

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Tres Leches and Cappuccino

Museum

Museum

On the Friday before I left, he came back and said..pack a bag. Well, small bag packed..into the car and off we went. A few hours later (thank you city traffic for making a trip twice as long as it should be) and then I saw it…the ocean. We went to Vina Del Mar. It was breath taking. The hotel room literally looked like you were on a ship as it looked over the ocean. It was a short trip as I was set to depart Sunday morning. We ate good food, spent time and enjoyed the ocean. It was a short, but perfect excursion from Santiago.

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The Coast

Driving home

Driving home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, as is usually the case, things come to a conclusion far too quickly.  It was a great trip and one that I wish could have lasted longer.  What I have come to know is that life always has something amazing to offer if only you are open to it.  I never want an opportunity to pass me by because I was too tunnel visioned or too scared to give it a shot.  There are always a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t do something.  There are usually more why you should…

Vina del Mar

Vina del Mar

 

Santiago

Santiago

 

 

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