Happy Wanderful Wednesday!
Before getting started on today’s blog post, we have an exciting announcement for you….
Celebrating Wanderful Wednesday’s First Birthday
We can’t quite believe that next month on 17th May, we are celebrating one year of the Wanderful Wednesday linkup! We have loved hosting this link up, getting to know new blogs and continuing to connect with our old friends each and every week.
As a way to celebrate all of us in this community, we would like you to take a photo of yourself, where you live or where you are travelling, holding a sign saying ‘”Happy First Birthday Wanderful Wednesday! From___________ (destination)” Please send us the photo either to one of our email addresses or via inbox on Facebook, don’t forget to also include your blog address in the message, so we can mention it in the post.
We will be sharing the posts on our blogs on Wednesday 17th May so please send us the photos by Wednesday 10th May at the latest. We can’t wait to see all of your photos! 🙂
Now for today’s post…
Next week marks 18 months of living in Chile (this time around), which sounds like a long time when you say it as a year-and-a-half as I can no longer say I just moved to Chile or I haven’t been living here for long etc.
There are so many things you have to figure out when living abroad, especially when you live somewhere with a different language. The culture is different and certain things run totally differently. Luckily, I have Carlos to guide me through each and every step. But today, to mark 18 months, I wanted to list moments that have been teeny tiny moments, but moments that have made me feel like I made it!
The Yay Moments:
The moment when somebody stops to ask you directions, and you can actually tell them where something is.
The first time you go to the market by yourself and order the correct amount of fruit and vegetables using weight measurements.
Receiving your very first visa after a very long 6 month wait.
The first time you return something to a shop and have to nervously explain what is wrong with it.
A phone call to the bank where you have to explain something really complicated and they actually understand what you are talking about.
When you get asked for your Chilean ID number (that happens everyday in Chile – at the chemist, the supermarket, any transaction you are doing) and you actually have one.
When somebody new arrives to Chile and you can answer their questions about a whole range of topics.
Doctors appointments in Spanish where you have to google so many words beforehand but everything runs smoothly and you end up with the right prescription.
When you know where to get off the bus or which exit (of the 8!) of the metro to leave at. It’s nice not having to look at Google Maps for every single trip you take.
Knowing how much to tip in a restaurant or to the person who packs the bags at the supermarket. And knowing how much to give to somebody busking on the metro.
Knowing little facts about Chile ~ who some famous people are, which food dishes are the most important to Chileans, the national flower and tree… they are things that come up a lot and you can contribute to conversations using them!
When you can be in and out of the supermarket really quickly because you know exactly where everything is.
What are your yay moments when living in a new city or country?
I’m currently away in Chiloe and Puerto Varas for my Autumn break from school and will be with limited internet so please excuse my slow commenting and replying this week 🙂
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Welcome to the Wanderful Wednesday Link-up!
Consider yourself a wanderer?! Well then, this Blog Hop is for you!
Meet your hosts: Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and me, Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
Here on Wanderful Wednesday we hope to promote an open and supportive community for like-minded bloggers- expats, travelers and all kinds of wanderers! The linkup will take place every Wednesday at 8:00am GMT.
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