There is a reason I haven’t posted in a few months: I’m no longer in Chile. I very much enjoyed the country, the language and the Latin lifestyle, but I was pretty miserable in my job as an au pair. My host family took advantage of me an no matter how wonderful my travel and cultural experience was, I couldn’t stay and be unhappy. Life in an exotic place is just that: life. Problems and stress follow no matter what view is outside the window.
So I left. It wasn’t easy to say goodbye to the girls, but I knew I couldn’t stay. I was moving out. *Cue Billy Joel*
After a short stint in the states to visit my family and friends, I moved to St. Thomas, which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. I had never visited here before, but with a little help from my family I was able to quickly find my own apartment and a job. It was an unanticipated move, but one which I hope will allow me to clear my head and help me get my feet firmly planted on the ground after being uprooted from Santiago.
(As an Alumni Columnist for Rival Magazine, I wrote in detail about my decision to leave in their 2013 Winter Issue.)
Now that I’m settled on St. T, I’ll be blogging about my adventures around here and sharing some secrets about what to do and how to not be taken advantage of as a tourist. More posts to come, but one thing I can say about the islands is you can’t beat the view.