Finishing my volunteer placement with the English Opens Doors Program was all a bit of a whirlwind, trying to make sure my lessons were still useful, but knowing I wouldn’t be there much longer. I was also busy planning travels for when I finished, both with my mum for her holiday here and my solo … More Leaving school: Goodbye EODP!
After a stressful afternoon trying to leave from Cardiff Airport to get to Chile, I decided that I wasn’t a huge fan of small airports any more. The idea of a quieter start to the journey, where there’s no queue for security and the gate is a 2 minute walk away, no longer seemed worth the … More Faith in small airports restored
Get your dancing shoes on! Time for the big celebration in Chile that resulted in 4 days of partying, with sleep being squeezed in there somewhere. Chileans love a good party so their Fiestas Patrias was obviously going to be even bigger. It’s their independence day and is often referred to as simply dieciocho, eighteen, as … More 18th September: Fiestas Patrias
I’m afraid to say that kayaking socials in university have got absolutely nothing on how Chileans like to party. I used to think we were pretty hardcore on weekend kayaking trips, where we’d stay up “late” until 1 or 2am the night before long days of white water kayaking. But it’s a whole other ball … More How to party like a Chilean
My first semester of teaching is over, but before I could enjoy my winter break I had one more thing to do: volunteer to help with a week of English immersion for students in the annual Winter Camp. Twice a year the English Opens Doors Program organises camps for high school students (aged 14-18) during … More English Winter Camp
After over a month of football frenzy from everyone in the country, the final of the Copa América last Saturday crowned Chile as the champions of South America! The final against Argentina was a close one, with extra time AND penalties to decide the winner. The match ended after 90 minutes in a draw, 0-0, … More Chile: Copa América 2015 Champions!
Football fever has hit Chile with the Copa America 2015 currently being played and the final will be in Santiago. At home in the UK I really don’t care about football, I don’t enjoy watching it and I hate the hooligans that come with it. I’m from Wales where it’s all about rugby. But as … More Football Frenzy
The latest season of Game of Thrones has ended , and it looks like winter really is coming to Punta Arenas now. A few weeks ago I thought I saw snow… that was only the pathetic stuff we get at home on a good day. A bit of snow and slush on my walk back … More Winter is Coming
You probably already know what I’ll be doing in Chile, but I can now tell you roughly where I’ll be going! After my orientation in Santiago I’ll be hopping on an internal flight to Punta Arenas to get to the Region of Magallanes! More officially this is known as XII Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena. Yes, … More Where in Chile?