Crazy. And my upcoming trip to Buenos Aires.

The past two weeks have been insane. I have been full to the brim with work, English classes and a few social commitments. But mostly work. Work. Work. Work.

But that is okay, because I like my job, and because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Friday is my last day! Of course it is bittersweet. I’m going to miss my job, despite all the stress and tired-ness it has been causing me recently. I’ll miss the students, my Friday sushi lunches with my boss, my chats with my work neighbor, the great trips we take with the students, etc.

To top it all off, I’m going to Buenos Aires on Saturday! I’ve never been, so I welcome any and all suggestions. So far, I definitely want to take a tour of Teatro Colón, visit the Feria de Antiguidades in San Telmo and go to what I call the “Cat Park” but which is really called Jardín Botánico. I think I’ll also check out Recoleta Cemetery and the Casa Rosada.

Any other must sees in Buenos Aires? Don’t tell me to eat steak, because that won’t happen. But otherwise, suggest away!

Needless to say, I won’t be posting much during the next week. But check back soon for lots of posts and pictures on Buenos Aires and my last days in Santiago.

 

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On taking a mental health day

Maybe it’s because I’m 25 now, but I’ve really felt in need of a vacation recently. Technically I didn’t work for two weeks while I was home in the U.S., but for many reasons being home wasn’t a vacation. I enjoyed it immensely, don’t get me wrong, but I think I slept in one day, and because of the time difference (and my new Kindle) I found myself awake most mornings at 7:00am, if not earlier.

Then I didn’t have vacations in February either, when practically all of Chile packs up and heads for the playa or the campo or if they’ve got the cash, to Brasil or Cancún or Cartagena or somewhere else tropical.

And woe is me, my life is so hard, but my next trip will be to the U.S., home for my sister’s wedding, which will also not be a vacation, even though I’m so excited I’m crossing off the days on my calendar (not a joke). I think it will be one of the most joyous and emotional events I’ve ever witnessed, and if you’re thinking about getting me a late birthday present, may I suggest tissues, preferably sent to my parents’ house in the U.S. so they don’t take up room in my suitcase? Just thinking about my sister walking down the aisle with my dad makes me well up.

The good news is that it’s Semana Santa (Holy Week, aka Easter) soon and I’m hopefully (if we can find a place to stay) heading out of Santiago for a few days of relaxation with Heather. Should be fun. And relaxing. Emphasis on the relaxing part.

But I couldn’t wait until then. Neither could my body as it decided to rebel last night and not allow me to get more than 3 hours of sleep. Even though I felt better this morning, I decided to call in sick and promptly fell back asleep for 5 more hours.

And I feel so lucky, because there are people who a) don’t have understanding bosses who let them stay home sick without a licencia médica because sick days no questions asked do not exist in Chile and/or b) don’t listen to their bodies and go to work sick all in the name of getting ahead at work and winning the rat race, then end up in the hospital sick with pneumonia or something equally as serious.

So here is to taking it easy, relaxing, taking a break and winding down. Anyway you put it, it’s necessary every once in a while.