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It’s been an eventful week here in Santiago. But I have to say that moving into my own apartment is the crown jewel among the many gems I’ve experienced over the last few days!

Living with Argentina and Francisco has been wonderful, and through them, I’ve met so many fantastic and interesting people. But having my own space is a welcome change, it feels like a relaxing deep breath. I feel more settled and permanent, I now have a place for everything, and I can settle into a work/life routine. AND this place is owned by Francisco and Argentina and located just two doors down the street!

So, about the digs: it’s a second floor studio with separate bathroom and private balcony. Heavenly. It came with everything I needed (and then some!) – dishes, bedclothes, hangers for some of my clothes, even a licuadora (blender) and computer speakers (now jamming tunes all the time!) And it includes electricity and internet for an astonishingly low price – but then again, my income is also astonishingly low, but sufficient! Let’s just say a space this size in Chicago would cost the same amount in dollars that I’m paying in Quetzales (1 Dollar ~ 7.5 Quetzales).

Because I’m me, I couldn’t really enjoy the space until I had unpacked, organized, and arranged every last thing I’d brought with me. But, seeing as it wasn’t much, I accomplished this within a couple of hours and then the celebrating commenced! I danced around in my underwear to Hall & Oats’ You Make My Dreams while eating a spoonful of peanut butter (kindly left to me by the previous resident). And it was GREAT.

Here are some photos I shot the first night!