What it actually turned into was 3 months in Ecuador, 2 months travelling around in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, 3 months split between Santiago and Buenos Aires, a further two and a half years in Buenos Aires and now closing in on three years permanently in Chile.
I really enjoy life here. If I were living back in England, I'd invariably have ended up working in a bank, or as an accountant, or as a trader or in some other office-based hell. That was always my original plan from when I was still at school, before going on to study business at university. There are things I miss- the obvious things like friends and family and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes- but I'd rather be living here than there.
Now I have my own business, I make my own hours and my life isn't defined by my job. It's not everything.
Chile isn't for everyone. But it is for me.
Tomorrow I'm heading off to Buenos Aires for a few days to finally sort out something I've been trying to get done for over two years (Argentina really likes to make life hard sometimes). It was falling in love with Buenos Aires that made me stay in South America in the first place. I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and being in a big city that I know and still love -despite our near constant bickering.