Countdown to Chile: It’s official

It’s official! The countdown to Chile begins today.

My flight leaves on Jan. 4, 2012, and I’ll arrive in Santiago the following day.

I am so excited to begin this adventure. I’m sure I am in for plenty of culture shock — but for once in my life, I can honestly say I can’t wait for this change. I know I will experience and learn so much that I will probably never want to come home.

I will begin my teaching certification with Bridge TEFL on Jan. 9. It’s a month-long course followed by some desperately needed Spanish lessons. Then I hope to find an English teaching job for the school year, which runs from March to December.

Now that I have my plane ticket, pre-Chile mode is here: saving money, reading about South America, trying to sell my car, finding a place to live, thinking about what to pack, etc.

If you have any suggestions, for my trip … comment away!

Five months to go …

—JDF