In two months and two days, I’ll be leaving Chile. This has obviously brought about a lot of questions from the people in my life. And I figured maybe my blog readers are wondering too. So here we go.
1. When are you leaving?
Tuesday, July 17th.
2. Where will you be living?
Raleigh, North Carolina, a place I’ve never been! But I have only ever heard good things about that area of North Carolina.
3. What are you going to do?
I will be studying a Masters in International Studies at North Carolina State University, with a concentration in International Education.
4. What are you going to do with Charlie?
He’s coming with me, OF COURSE! He already has his plane reservation. He’ll be traveling in the cabin with me. It’s actually not hard to bring cats to the U.S. They just need a recent rabies vaccine. There are some rules about him leaving Chile, which requires me to get some documents signed at SAG. Check back later for a more detailed post about this process, but I’m told it’s pretty painless! I’m hoping the flight won’t be too hard on him.
5. Are you going to miss Chile?
Of course. More than words can express. I love my life here, but for many reasons, it’s the right time for me to go back to the U.S. and study a Masters. I am going to miss my friends, my job, my apartment, the cordillera, good public transportation, my Chilean family, (some) food, speaking Spanish all the time, etc.
6. Are you excited?
Yes, and terrified. I’m excited to go home for a couple of weeks, see my family, and re-group. I am absolutely terrified of moving to a new city, looking for an apartment, making new friends, studying again after 4 years, learning a new public transportation system, living in the south (if anyone calls me Yankee I will punch them in the face), probably living with a roommate, and the list goes on. BUT, I know that once I get settled in, I will be fine. Plus, if I did all of these things in Santiago, Chile, I know I can do them in North Carolina.
7. Are you coming back?
To Chile, ever in my life? For sure. I know that this won’t be my last time in the country. I love it too much to stay away. Whether I will come back here to live, I don’t know. I’m keeping my options open. I would love to come back, and I’m studying something that will allow me to do so. However, a lot can happen in two years, and I don’t know what opportunities will present themselves during that time. One thing is for sure, I will never cut ties with Chile, it’s my second home!