Parties (and Pain) In Pucón

On the advice of several people that I’ve met along the way, after Santiago, I decided to head south to Pucon, located in Chile’s Lakes District, the gateway to Patagonia. Despite having been in South America for months, I’d yet to take an overnight bus on any of my jaunts, so this was to be my very first! I’d bought the ticket a few days prior, opting to spend the extra $20 for the “cama ejecutivo,” the Chilean bus equivalent of business class. Continue reading “Parties (and Pain) In Pucón”

Learning in Lima – ECELA Spanish School!

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Sorry for the long delay in posting, friends! I’ve been galavanting all over Peru for the past few weeks with no time to write (and not much internet connection). But fear not! All will be reported here in due time, starting now!

So, one of the primary objectives of my South American adventure is to improve my Spanish skills. I took classes for a few years back in high school, but that was long, long ago and it’s nearly all been forgotten. As such, I enrolled in a Spanish immersion homestay program, which involves 20 hours a week of classroom time working on my grammar and vocabulary and placement with a local family who feed and house me, and also talk to me to help me improve my listening skills. Continue reading “Learning in Lima – ECELA Spanish School!”

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Now

It’s a common refrain, or at least it has been to me over the past several years.  “I was trapped in x job, miserable, hating life, but with no idea what to do or how to escape.”  This was me, right up until my employer, in its benevolence, decided to show me the door on March 28, 2014.  I had at that point been working as a commercial litigator in New York City for nearly 6 years, and had been in professional misery virtually the whole time.  It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise when they finally invited me to vacate the premises, in my mind, I had been halfway out that door for years.
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