Lindsey Chapman's Travel Blog


Off to Chile- A new beginning
April 27, 2010, 5:35 am
Filed under: Chile

Today I sit here wondering how I am going to cram all the stuff in my apartment into my parents’ tiny crawl space for storage. In forty-six days I begin working as a volunteer for an orphanage in Santiago, Chile. It’s an odd feeling staring at all of the belongings I’ve collected over the last few years, dismissing them all as unnecessary or “has to go”.

I am off to a good start. I have already sold my couch, kitchen table, shelves, t.v., and today I sold my desk and office chair. Things are clearing out quite nicely. Everything that leaves my apartment is weight off my shoulders and one less thing I have to move back to Minnesota to mom and dad’s.

It is so hard to believe that I will be using Spanish as my main means of communication. I can’t wait to learn the language and soak up the culture. I’m sure my world will be rocked and jolted by the drastic change of scenery I am about to experience, going from corporate America to volunteer work with orphans. But my hope, and my, let’s call it my “educated guess” is that it will be a very positive shake for me. And after the recent natural disaster I’m crossing my fingers it’s more of an emotional shaking than a physical one.

*This post was written on 4/22/2010 and posted on 4/27/2010