February is the month of vacations here in Chile. By law, employees who have worked with a company for a year or more get 3 weeks of vacation (minimum). It’s a pretty sweet system, I think. Most people take vacation either in January or February, but I’d say most take in February.
In 2009, I worked for the first two weeks of the month and then went to La Serena with F for 10 days.
In 2008, I started my last year of college in February (which included hardcore work on my Honors thesis). However, in January, I spent the entire month here in Santiago conducting research for my thesis (well, among other things like swimming in F.’s pool and going to my host sister’s wedding and going horseback riding in Olmué).
So you can probably understand why I’m a bit bummed not to be heading out on some sort of adventure this year. Granted, I consider myself very lucky that I was able to go home for Christmas for two weeks, and that I’ll be heading home in August for my sister’s wedding. However, as my friends and boss prepare to go to places like Puerto Vallarta and Pucon and Isla de Pascua and Patagonia, I can’t help but not look forward to the next two weeks when I’ll be working and studying for the GREs.