As Spring is in full spring in Santiago de Chile (27 degree temperatures and all!), minds can’t help but wander towards the joys of summer.
I think this is especially true for us teachers as the academic year in Chile runs from February – December and I have the luxury of having 9 weeks off for summer (I still can’t get my head around how long that is!).
Which means I am looking forward to over three weeks in England and also travelling some of Chile (the desert) with my brother and Carlos. However, those things are still two months away and so it’s always good to appreciate the moments of Spring and soak it all up.
After all, Spring really is a lovely season here in Santiago.
So, here are my three things that have been happening since Spring arrived:
We’ve been enjoying lots of outdoor activities while the weather is just perfect and before it gets too hot to do too much exercise outside:
- Hiking Pochoco – we did this short but very steep climb a few weekends ago and got to see the most amazing views of Santiago from above!
- Cycling to see The Santiago Carnival – we hopped on our bikes to the centre of the city and saw all kinds of dancing, drumming, floats and costumes being paraded.
- Camping and hiking in Yerba Loca – my most favourite campsite view to date, and those mountain views were the best!
With longer days, there is nothing better than getting stuck into a good book on the balcony. I’ve read these books so far this Spring:
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult- I was hooked on this from the get go!
- Personas Favoritas by Frannerd – the only books in Spanish I have read from start to finish are illustrated books by Frannerd, she’s a Chilean illustrator who lives in the UK and this is the third one of her books I’ve read. I really recommend them to any Spanish speakers.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – I started this just this week and I can already tell it’s going to be a great one!
Which books have you been hooked on? I’d love some great recommendations!
We’ve been getting our Netflix on and have been watching:
- A-Typical – this was such a great recommendation from all of my teacher friends. It’s a great say of seeing autism from another perspective, mixed with humour and lots of heartfelt moments too!
- The Good Place – one that I clicked on by chance and just loved. It’s a lovely, funny and light hearted watch with a truly strange plot!
- Lucifier – We started Lucifer this week and it’s great! Such a clever idea.
What can you recommend next?
The best way to live in the moment is to take notice of the little things around you. These Spring weeks have got me looking at:
- How the Spring blossoms are disappearing to make way for lush green.
- There have been two stunning pink sunsets in the last week with the most interesting looking clouds just to add to the mix!
- The mornings are getting lighter meaning I now leave my house in the light at 7am, yay! It’s so much nice to walk to work when it isn’t pitch black anymore.
Listening to a mix of podcasts and music and my favourites have been:
- The Heart of It Podcast – A great chatty podcast with inspiring guests and interesting topics to listen to.
- Jack Johnson…
- …& Bruno Mars – After two years in Chile, I am finally going to my first concert here. And I happen to be going to two in the space of two weeks, both on school nights (That 6am alarm clock isn’t going to be pretty!)
Yes, there are lots of fun things about Summer, but Spring is pretty great too. Especially when we have short weeks for this week and next (I love how many public holidays there are in Chile!)
How do you live in the moment?
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