Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Growing Old In South America

Today, the first of September, marks my six year anniversary in South America. I can't quite believe it's been so long. It was never meant to be so long. It was meant to be 6 months in Ecuador and then a move to, most likely, Barcelona.

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.


  1. Congratulations, you've survived :)

    Life in Chile is never boring, that's for sure. And I feel like if you can make it there you can make it anywhere.

  2. Thanks! And yeah- life can be challenging here sometimes but life is challenging everywhere in different ways. I don't find Chile's challenges to be insurmountable but I know that's not the case for everyone.

  3. That's great. Congratulations. And have fun in BsAs. I'm really hoping I can somehow, maybe make it back for a month or two in our upcoming winter.

  4. Thanks and thanks. I'm looking forward to a couple of days in the city.

    If you make it down to the southern cone then come on over and visit. This is assuming you're not completely and utterly sick of fruit farms and the countryside by then of course...

  5. Wow- country life really seems to be agreeing with you!That's great and I'm looking forward to reading more about the region as you get to know it better!

  6. Happy anniversary! It's funny to look back at how life has turned out...I'd bet that most expats here never intended to end up spending quite so much time in Chile.

    Good luck in BsAs!