So, here in the Southern Hemisphere, Summer is fast approaching. Although, for this London girl, it’s been Summer for a long time! Chilean Spring boasts better weather than London summer, so I’m just confused. We’ve already had some days of 33, and most days at the moment are topping at around 26-30. But yes, techincally it’s still Spring!
Before getting into Summer, and my looooong nine-week-long-teacher-holidays, I wanted to reflect on the season of Spring and recent happenings from around here.
First spotting Spring
Nature showed us Spring way before the weather did, and I spotted the first of this year’s Spring blooms in Cajon del Maipo in August. We spent a long weekend camping and saw the first signs of the colourful season.
My first Dieciocho
Dieciocho (The 18th September) is when Chileans celebrate their national holiday (for days!) There are two public holidays, tonnes of food eaten, their national dance danced and the beginning of the warmer weather begins to appear. This year was my first one in Chile and it consisted of filling 70 empanadas, ready for the oven!
Four days in Lima
We headed to Lima for four days in September and met with some friends from England and Chile. It really is true what they say about Lima, the food is incredible. But for me the highlight was an amazing street art tour that I took.
Barre and Yoga life
I’ve kept up yoga since arriving in Chile and in total have been practicing yoga for almost for years, I couldn’t be without it. I left behind some wonderful classes at home and was nervous about finding classes as good here. I tried a few and they were fine but they definitely weren’t the one. However, during the last few months, I started a barre class that I love!!! And I’ve joined some new yoga classes here too, and those one are the one, they are just what I was looking for!
Flying through the school year
At the time of writing this, I only have three-and-a-half weeks left until we finish the school year for Summer! I can’t believe that this first year has almost gone by. Time flies, it really does and it’s been a great first year in my new job.
Trekking to see the view of a lifetime
In October, Carlos and I climbed La Campana, which was a eight-and-a-half hour trip in total. But, the views we were greeted with were the most amazing! We got to see all the way from the coast to The Andes, and my legs still hurt a week afterwards!
Well Spring does mean that Summer is just around the corner, which means Summer planning! I have some exciting things coming up for my long summer holidays, which I will be writing about in a few blog posts time. So excited!
A weekend in the desert
We took advantage of the four day long weekend and headed to the desert in the north of Chile for a weekend of seafood, sunsets and beach. It was a wonderful break before the last few weeks of the school year.
Celebrating one year in Chile
The 4th November marked one year in Chile and we celebrated by going to eat Indian food! Maybe not the most logical connection but any excuse to eat my favourite cuisine is a great one!
Last week I bought a new bike and so last Sunday we rode around Santiago. The city does an amazing thing each and every Sunday: they close 37km of roads just for pedestrians. It happens between 9am and 2pm and brings people to bike, run, roller blade and walk around the city. It really is so amazing!! Do you know any other cities that do that?
Feeling very un-Christmassy
When I watch English TV from my laptop, everything is Christmas related! The shops are filling with snowy decorations and hot santa can be found in every shopping centre. But, with the sun streaming, I can never feel like Christmas is approaching. It’s so very weird to me.
So, it’s been a jam-packed Spring. Probably the most busy season so far. And now, I’m almost ready for Summer, which I will be sharing my plans on soon 🙂
How was your Spring (or mostly probably, your Autumn?!)
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