I’m Andrea, a Gemini from 1987.
I’m a native Spanglish speaker, professional people-watcher, and seriously love giraffes.
My life was pretty vanilla until 2010. I was 23 and I felt that 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 didn’t know where to go or what to do. I was completely clueless. My dad 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 those 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. Those two weeks are still a blur to me and I can only remember bits and pieces. But what I most remember is sitting down at my gate, crying due to to a mixture of fear and excitement, and a little girl sat next to me and said:
“Why are you crying? 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. Most of my dad’s family members live 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, I taught English, and best of all, I traveled. I made some amazing friends and discovered a whole new world that changed my life for the better.
Coming back home after the year I had in Chile was even harder than leaving the US in the first place. I found my friends back home basically in the same place where I left them. I couldn’t deal with it. I knew that I couldn’t stay, 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.