Last month, I went back to my country, Chile, after three years. My parents picked me up at the airport and the moment we met, we hugged and cried for several minutes. I’m very close to my family, so being apart for that long was very hard.
I stayed 10 days in Santiago, the capital city. As you probably know, Chile is in South America and is the longest country in the world. Santiago is right in the middle, so people get to experience all the seasons. Now is winter, which means I could briefly escape the heat of Kyoto; I felt very lucky. I missed the city so much, but one of the things I missed the most was the mightiness of the Andes.
I went out one day to walk through the streets of Santiago, which always give me a very French vibe, don’t you think?
Covid situation in Chile is quite controlled. You can go pretty much everywhere, as long as you carry a ‘mobility pass’ that informs of your vaccination record. If you don’t have it, you get restricted on where to go… although shopping malls have no restrictions, don’t know why.
Overall, my return to Chile was short, intense, and totally worthy of the 50-hour journey from Japan, although it made me revaluate my ability to look for tickets… Still so much to learn.