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Leaving So Soon!

So, it’s impossible to walk through my room. Or more realistically, its impossible to step on the floor anywhere in my room, because my bags and clothes are all over the place.

I have been at my school in Maine all summer, working at an internship and exploring the coast by bike, boat, and car. I got home to Brookline, MA two days ago and now everything from clothes, posters, games, and lamps are strewn about my floor. To get in the door, I have to jump directly onto the bed because there is nowhere else to stand.

I guess I should back up and say hi! My name is Rachel, and I’m getting ready to spend a semester in Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile. I’m excited to go for about a million reasons, but I’m most excited to improve my spanish and immerse myself in a totally new place. The fact that I’ll be living walking distance from the beach (I already googlemapped it) doesn’t hurt either.

Of course, I’m also nervous. I’ve averaged one freak-out per day, where I suddenly realize, “Oh my god, I’m going to be in Chile in 8 days.” “5 days!!” “3 days?!” Knowing that I am leaving tomorrow, and will land in Santiago on Wednesday, has kicked my anticipation/anxiety into high gear. Luckily, I’m much more excited than nervous.

But before I can get there, I have a mountain of things to do. I have a two page list of errands and phone calls, and I have to clear off the floor in my room. So I can’t stay here and write long. Next time I post, I’ll already be in Chile!

¡Hasta pronto!


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