I’m Andrea, a Gemini from 1987.
I’m a native Spanglish speaker, professional people-watcher, and seriously love giraffes.
In 2010, I hit rock bottom on every aspect of my life. I was a college grad with no direction on a personal or professional level. I was broken-hearted and was drowning in my own misery. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. I was completely clueless. My dad saw this and suggested I travel to get some space. At first, I thought it was a terrible idea, running away from my problems wasn’t going to fix anything. But one day I woke up and said “why not, I’ve got nothing to lose”, and in two weeks I was on an airplane.
In two weeks, I quit my job and broke the news to my friends and family that it was time to say goodbye to a life that wasn’t working for me anymore. It was tough; those two weeks are still a blur to me. I can only remember bits and pieces. But I do remember sitting down at my gate, minding my own business, crying due to to a mixture of fear and excitement, and a little girl sat next to me and said:
“Why are you upset? You’re about to go on a great adventure.”
Let me tell you, she was right. And so was my dad. I was pushed into the arms of a country in South America called Chile. My dad’s side of the family lives there and I was granted dual-citizenship so I could stay as long as I wanted without having to deal with visa issues. My first year went flying by. I volunteered to build houses for families living in extreme poverty, I taught English to maintain myself financially, and best of all, I traveled. I made some amazing friends and discovered a whole new world that was waiting for me.
Coming back home after the year I had in Chile was even harder than leaving in the first place. I changed so much internally and saw everyone basically in the same place where I left them. I couldn’t deal with it. I knew that I couldn’t stay and my friends and family knew it too. So I left, again.
Fast-forward to today, I am still very much in love with Chile. It’s been 7 years now; I’m starting my 30’s chapter of my life and I’m enjoying every single minute. I don’t know much about what’s going to happen next in my life but I do know two things:
- I breathe, dream and love to travel. It’s a fundamental part of who I am.
- Karma is real. When you give good, you get good.
Remember not to take me too seriously, I certainly don’t. Life is too short and the world is too big to be angry or judgmental. If you want to judge, go for it. My wine will still taste delicious.
I talk about what I know best. “Quality over Quantity” is what I always say.
I’m not a country counter, just a world lover.
Enough about me, start reading. Where do you want to go?