Springing Out of Winter

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are preparing for Spring.

In Santiago, Spring is most definitely in the air; buds are opening while pink and white blossoms are lining the pavements.  The air has a warmer feel to it, the days are longer and the sky is bluer.  Spring is probably my favourite season here in Santiago (I’d choose Summer in London!), as the temperature is perfect; sunny and warm but not swelteringly hot, like it can be in the summer.  Needless to say, I am excited for the change of the season.dsc07456

Whats more, September is an exciting month all over Chile as Chileans celebrate their National day on 18th September, which gives the country two public holidays.  This year they fall on Monday and Tuesday – hello 4-day weekend!  And, lucky enough my school has the whole week off.  So, for the four day weekend, we already have planned a fun adventure north of Santiago, which I’ll be sharing here soon.  It’s going to be special!

So, before we Spring out of Winter… and into Spring!  Here is what has been happening around here lately:

Settling :: We have lived in our new flat for three months now, and we are fully settled in. It didn’t take long to settle in at all and we are loving how much quieter this new flat is as we moved away from a main road.  We love it!DSC08961 21.55.35

Knitting :: When my mum was here in July, she taught me how to knit and I am just about to finish my very own scarf.  I love it and have got two of my friends here on board too.  Are any of you keen knitters?

Planning :: Spring and summer adventures. We have a good few public holidays coming up (those two in September and two long weekends in October so we have had some initial ideas of where we can visit), plus my brother is coming to visit next February so we are planning a trip to the desert then!

Reading :: I am currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, and I am loving it! What can you recommend at the moment?DSC04763

Preparing :: to soon reach two years in Chile.  How did that happen?!  (It’ll be two years on 4th November, which will be here before we know it… crazy!!)

Driving :: (Passager-ing in my case) – we bought a car, which means that our weekends just got a whole lot more exciting.

Swooning :: Over Torres del Paine.  Almost two months down the line, I am still almost weekly drooling over my photos from the south of Patagonia, I just can’t get over how beautiful everything was.DSC09233

Watching :: Narcos!  Because it’s my favourite thing ever and Carlos and I somehow managed to watch four episodes of the new series in the first two days… oops!  I am also watching the new Great British Bake Off and Educating Greater Manchester.

Yogaing :: Always!  I am still always yogaing.  My yoga teacher also just trained in yin yoga so I get to enjoy that too!  I used to go to yin yoga in London and loved it so I am so glad that I now get to enjoy it here in Santiago too!DSC08013

Counting :: Down the days until London – 23rd December, I am waiting for you!  It’ll be my first London Christmas since 2014 and I just can’t wait! 😀

So, Spring… let’s go!  How has your Summer/Winter been and what’s happening for you in Spring/Autumn?

Marcella xx

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41 thoughts on “Springing Out of Winter

  1. The first picture of the gate is beautiful!!
    Knitting: I have my yarn sitting right beside me to start knitting my very first thing ever!! Probably a scarf! I just finished crocheting a scarf tonight!
    Reading: I love Jodi Picoult! I just finished Handle with Care about a month ago!

  2. It was so good to feel like I was catching up with you and what’s been going on in your world lately! I like knitting as a winter hobby although I still can make only scarves. And I will have to put that book on my list! I need a good read, man. I’ve only tried yin yoga a couple times and I just can not get into it. When would you recommend doing it? It is just really restorative, right? Usually I just wanna flow 😛

    • Thanks, I’ve felt in a bit of a blogging slump so it was good just to re-cap before starting a new season and getting some new posts ready!
      I know what you mean about winter and knitting, I’ll have to see if I feel like I want to keep at it when it’s 36 degrees outside! If not.. I’ll stick to reading 😉 (and definitely put the book on your list!)
      Yin yoga is very slow, yes! You hold a single pose for between 3-8 mins which means it can still be very intense, and also meditative. Maybe it depends on the teacher? But the two I’ve had have made me fall in love with it!!

  3. Ooh I just love update posts. Sounds like you’ve been very busy and have so much to look forward to! I am also going home for Christmas so I’m really excited about that (although I will have left the UK by the time you arrive!). I don’t have many good books to recommend at the moment (I’m currently reading something called The Fatherland which is an “if-the-nazis-won” type mystery and just a beachy read but still good!)

  4. So many awesome plans! You guys have so many holidays. That is one thing I miss about Latin countries. And, London should be very nice on Christmas! #wanderfulwednesday

  5. It’s so crazy because it’s finally starting to feel like fall here in the US, and I’m loving it! Although Spring is definitely amazing because I love seeing everything in bloom. That’s so awesome that you’re getting to go home for Christmas! I bet that it’ll be nice to have a cold Christmas as opposed to a hot one in Chile! And Narcos really is so good! I can’t wait until the new season comes out!

  6. September is always my favourite month, especially because of the 18th. We´ve never had an independence day, because we always did the invading! Plus it is a time when Chileans, especially those in the cities, stop pretending to be North Americans, at least for a couple of days. Feliz 18!

  7. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that spring is just starting for you down there—while fall is about to begin here! I bet the spring down there is so beautiful. Can’t wait to see where you go on holiday 🙂

  8. I’m so happy that it’s September! One of my favorite months down here in Chile. I love how festive and happy everyone is this month! It’s like Christmas back home 😀 I can’t believe you’ve been in the new flat for so long now and I still haven’t seen it! I know we’ve been really busy lately, but I need to see you soon! Miss you! And CONGRATS on the car! Had no idea and that’s so amazing! Can’t wait to see where it will bring you 😀

  9. Oh as always, such lovely photos! It is really proper autumn here in London now… leaves on the ground and a chill in the air! I also loved Small Great Things. I’ve just read Tender Is The Night for the first time and found it unusual but enthralling.

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