I have now been more than 1 month in Chile – time really flies! With this post I wanna update a bit about life here at the end of the world. I have just been posting amazing pictures but these great trips are not my everyday life.
Work-life-balance in Puerto Natales
We have been in Puerto Natales almost 3 weeks, and I have been working 2 weeks in a outdoor/tour shop. My days are normally from 10am -1pm, then siesta/lunch time until 3pm and then work again from 3pm – 9pm. A normal work week here is 45 hours, one day off. But I am trying to “save up” days off so I can take them the days Victor is not working as well. So I am not having a normal work week from Monday to Saturday.
With this work schedule I can’t do much in the evening. Social life is after 9pm. It can be hard to meet people when I am working all the time. I am planning to start at the local gym from november and then work out from 8am (when they open). Another idea is to buy a bike and take a tour around the area every morning or maybe during the lunch break. They have some sport clubs here, but I can’t enter when I am working in the evening. When I lived in Mexico the first time I trained karate 2-3 a week and through my work I became friends with my colleagues. Second time in Mexico I was studying and through studies I met a lot of people. So it´s still a hard nut to crack how to meet people here.
Extreme weather and the four seasons
The nature here is very extreme and even though we are in the beginning of spring we only have like 5-10 degrees. I realised quickly that I didn’t bring enough winter clothes with me. In generel I feel 70% of my clothes should have stayed at home 😀 2 days ago it was snowing most of the day. Now its just cold and windy. The weather here is very unpredictable and it is said that in Puerto Natales you can experience all four seasons in one day. But there´s something special about the extreme weather here with the combination of the wild nature. The water is too cold to enter and I actually think it´s something that saves this area to stay wild – imagine if it was a nice place going to the beach in summer time and this was the main attraction? This place would have looked differently and the tourists would have been another type of tourists. There would have been more big hotels, bars and discos.
Victor asked me if I ever wondered why there were so many birds, gooses and swans here. They dont get bothered by people. So even though I am normally not a big fan of cold weather I actually find it quite interesting and beautiful here. In combination with the cold fjords, the blue mountains and the wild animals it makes it something very special.
The Chilean languages
It is becoming better with the Spanish and understanding the Chileans. Through my work I learn some words I never used before because we sell outdoor equipment. Now I know how to say bicycle pump, carabiner and puncture repair kit in Spanish. After 8pm I am often pretty tired in my head of trying to understand everything. In these situations I sometimes stop listening when people are talking. Then I suddenly get a “isn’t that right, Nana?” and I am like “sorry dude, I haven’t been listening at all”.
I have my moments where I get all RØD GRØD MED FØDE (Danish sentences that is almost impossible for foreigners to say) and miss talking freely without thinking about finding a word, trying to explain a word I dont know or thinking about the gramma and pronunciation. Sometimes I feel like I am talking like a baby when I am struggling with explaining something complicated. It can be pretty frustrating! Even in English I can have issues with words I dont know. But I feel I have improved a lot, I feel more confident and I have to think that I have only been here 1 month 🙂
So that´s the situation after 1 month in Chile and almost 3 weeks in Puerto Natales. I like being here – its a challenge but I have been through something similar before when I was in Mexico back in 2011 and I hardly spoke Spanish and didn’t know about the culture. I know it takes some time – and at least I am so blessed that I have the greatest support from my love, Victor. He is the reason I am here and I dont regret I followed him to the end of the world ♥