:: Two Years in Chile ::

This Saturday marks two years in Chile (this time around, as there were the other ten months in 2010-2011).

Two years since Carlos and I flew from London with no jobs, no home and just five suitcases of all of our belongings between us. Two years since I felt the most terrified I’ve felt. And two years feeling that it really was nowhere as scary as I thought it would be! DSC08227

Two years sounds like a long time to me, it sounds like a fair chunk of time. Yet, if you ask me how long I’ve lived in Chile, I would probably say one year. I’d never say two… it just doesn’t feel like two.

On the other hand, we’ve done so much in two years and been through so many changes. So, these are my two years in numbers:

1 year

24 months

5 interviews for…

1 job (the longest selection process I’ve known)

2 homesDSC05456

1 weddingMatrimonio Marcella y Carlos 0347

1 honeymoon {Colombia}

4 return international flights (Lima, Peru | Cartagena, Colombia | London x 2)

5 return domestic flights (Arica | Temuco | Puerto Montt | Balmaceda | Punta Arenas)DSC09233

Thousands of times feeling grateful for the Internet that allows me to be in touch with home so easily

13 weeks of teacher holidays per year!

1 bike bought and used a lot!

Thousands of photos taken

5 trips to my favourite colourful city, Valparaiso.dsc07778

Many mountains climbed and lovedDSC09744

Days craving for London

1 knitting project completed

1 car bought

4 blogger friends met

… and many more made online

7 years celebrated with Carlos and almost 2 married

2 visits from my parentsDSC04541

0 concerts (but 2 coming up in the next month)

38 degrees of melting (the hottest temperature I’ve felt in Chile yet)

Hundreds of sunsets enjoyedDSC06984

Too many amazing yoga classes attended to count

5 food safari evenings

4 x 500g of marmite consumed!

Many great friends made

1 blog linkup created (yay for Wanderful Wednesday)18519870_10101791681909125_9134684666413699298_n

4 weddings attended (and 3 coming up before the end of the year)

10 visits from friends across the globe (6 of these for our wedding)

Many Chilean words learnt

… let’s see what else is in store!

Marcella xx

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29 thoughts on “:: Two Years in Chile ::

  1. What an action packed, joy packed and marmite packed two years – wishing you many more! Happy Ex-Pat-o-versary!

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  3. That’s crazy that you’ve already been in Chile for two years! I swear I don’t know what I’d do without the internet because it really is the best way to stay in contact with friends and family, even if they’re on a different continent altogether!

  4. That‘s such a great post! So happy for you you were brave enough to hop on that plane to Chile. Wishing you many more happy years in Chile! 🙂 #WanderfulWednesday

  5. This is excellent! Love the recap. When you live outside from the place you were raise, you keep counting the years. I think it doesn’t matter how long it was. Glad you have found a home in Chile. Latin American countries rock! So many vacation weeks – I want tohose!

  6. Congrats on your expat anniversary!! Do you feel like you’ve made yourself a home now? Sounds like you’ve had quite an adventurous 2 years though with so many lovely wins 🙂 Cheers to the years to come!

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