When I first started planning my trip to South America there were 3 things that I definitely wanted to see and had my heart set on: the Igauzu falls, Machu Picchu and The Galapagos Islands. It is now the end of my 4 months and I have done none of those things. Machu Picchu was closed due to flodding, I never made it up to Ecaudor (besides the fact the Galapagos are waayyyy out of my travel budget) and now I will not be making it to Igauzu either haha!!
One thing I have learnt on this trip is to rely very heavily on my intuition and ever since arriving in Buenos Aires all the signs I have had have told me I should not be here. Since arriving I have been miserable, felt sick, haven't been able to sleep, developed acute bronchitus (again!), got ripped off something chronic by a taxi man and got given a fake 100 peso note out of a bank machine from the Retirio bus station. In addition it is almost definite that my flight with BA is cancelled because of the strikes. It is often in these times of sadness and difficulty that one reflects on the things that are really important to them and I have definitely done that over the last few days. All the reasons I have for returning to the UK temporarily: because I have a ticket booked, to try to earn a bit more cash, to collect my stuff and to 'wrap things up in the UK' seem sort of trivial now. On reflection I don't HAVE to take my flight, I CAN survive on the bare minimum until I am working, I can sort things out remotely from Chile and if I really need stuff from home get it shipped over here! I was very much looking forward to seeing all you friends and family and my gorgeous dogs, however I know that everyone will still be there when I return. I know some people drift apart with distance but people you are truely close too will always be there. For these reasons I have decided to not take my flight and return to Chile now. I have left the country twice now and everytime I leave everything feels wrong. I am taking an overnight bus in a few hours and arrive tomorrow afternoon and have honestly never felt happier to be going back!
The new plan is to try to get onto a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course asap and start working right away. As a teacher you are given compulsory vacation in December, January and Febuary because everyone goes on holiday in these times so schools close! I hope to be able to come back to the UK for a month, Xmas and New Year for a visit. I think I will be here for a while so please come visit me, anyone is welcome!! I'm not sure if I will continue with the blog, I guess now I am not travelling there won't be as exciting things to write about but maybe I could start a new one: a gringa living in a foreign land. I don't know I guess I will see how it goes. For now, thanks for reading and please please please keep me updated, just because I am not physically in the UK doesn't mean I don't want to know what's going on! Love you all x x x