"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles."
~ Audrey Hepburn


The Black Island

I am currently sitting in bed, listening to Jack Johnson, and painting my nails a lovely shade of purple.
Life has been quite a whirlwind recently and I need moments like these to regain my sanity. 
Would you like a recap? If so, continue reading. If not, scroll to bottom of page to view pictures :)

School hasn't been quite so painful. It is a little depressing to see that friends of mine in CA are already graduating while I still have seven more weeks of school before I am officially done with college. 
I just found out, however, that I have no final exams at the end of the semester! That makes the coming
weeks seem not as daunting. The majority of the work I do in my classes are group projects and, 
so far, I have had a really great experience working with the Chilean students. They are so smart!
Sometimes I forget that I am attending the most prestigious university in the country, but when I show
up to class and one of my group members has taken it upon himself to plan our entire project and
type it all out in a Word document, complete with the school crest, I am quickly reminded.

I wish I could say that it has been smooth-sailing with my internship, but that would be a fat lie!
If you don't remember, I have been working for Wedding Planner Chile, a Santiago-based, 
spanish-speaking event planning company. If you are friends with me on Facebook or Twitter,
you have probably seen the blogs I have been writing for them. Well, today I quit the job. 
My boss has been treating me very badly... she has been condescending, unappreciative, rude, 
and recently, quite vicious. I am not the kind of person to take ill-treatment sitting down, so I wrote
 to my program director, found a new internship, and quit the old one. To put it simply, my boss was
 PISSED. I just don't understand how some people in positions of authority think it is okay to treat 
other people badly. My new internship sounds amazing though -- I will be working in a 
daycare for underprivileged children. BABIES!!!!!! I love babies.


Other than that, life has been good. I haven't been doing much... last weekend I stayed bundled 
upin my bed/the Starbucks next door reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni. 
What a beautiful, moving story. I love falling into a book like that. The book is on my 
TO READ list, which reminds me that I really need to start working on my Day Zero Project!!
The reason I haven't been doing much lately is that I have been trying to save money for 
my HUGE trip in July. Speaking of which, my partner in crime & I have just bought our
 flight tickets! Our plan is to travel through Montevideo, Uruguay to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 
to Buenos Aires, Argentina (with a few possible stops in Iguazu Falls, Tigre, and Colonia).
I am so excited! Taking this trip, however, means I literally cannot spend a dime until July.
The other day I bought a burrito from taco bell (which was super gross), a generic face wash, 
and bobby pins. Do you know how much that cost me? TWENTY DOLLARS. Ughh Santiago
is such an expensive city to live in. I can't believe I ever thought it would be cheap to come here!
When I return home, according to my very tight budget, I will have a negative bank account.
Looks like I'll be spending my summer working off all my debts...


Without further ado, here are some pictures I totally forgot about.
I went on a field trip with my program a couple of weekends ago, but you know how I feel about tours.
We visited the houses of many Chilean artists/poets. It was pretty enough, I suppose, because we 
spent the majority of the day by the beach. The reason I went was I have been itching to get to 
Isla Negra, the third and most important of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's houses, and this was
a free way of getting there (it is two hours outside of Santiago). Vale la pena. (It was so worth it!)

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the end ♥


Hannah Blustein said...

I'm glad you got out of that shitfest of an internship and into an awesome new one...

but I'm devastated by the fact that you had to spend a lot on a generic face wash. Do I need to send you a care package?

love you, miss you xo

Marcella Alyssa said...

HAHA my poor faceeee. Don't worry, I already took notes on all the products you recommended so when I go home & start making some moneyz I can buy everything!

Koci said...

All of your adventures in Chile are so cool!! Sorry that your internship turned out to be such a pain, but kudos for doing something about it. Plus you've got that awesome trip to look forward to! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Oh, and yay for Pablo Neruda! :D

LaLicenciada said...

It sounds like quite the roller coaster but you've managed to maintain a positive attitude! Congrats on the upcoming internship. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns as well. The photos are amazing! Congrats, in advance, on your graduation!!!


TheMadTwins said...

Hey I found your blog and I love it! My boss at work is rude to me to! You have so much courage to quit and take another on! Maybe I have to do that to. :D
I hear you're working know in daycare for underprivileged children. Please can you tell me more about it. I'm doing a paper for school about that theme. It would be so nice to hear it from you!

Lots of love!