It’s no secret that I didn’t really love Santiago. Our trips away from Santiago were magical, glorious, sight-filled escapes, but we’d always return to the complexities of navigating city living. There were only so many close places to explore, and I feel like we did a good job of exploring them. There were some good things about the city: choir, skateboard class, and walkability. But overall, I just wasn’t a fan. The desert / big city life just isn’t my jam. This threw me and had me really doubting myself as an adventurer.
One week into our time in Pucon, and I’m already so much happier. The hikes and outdoor activities are plentiful, the views and weather are glorious, and we’re settling into our new routines. We’ve spent half our time here so far hiking, kayaking, or exploring. I feel like we’re finally able to do and see the things for which we came to Chile. If feels good. It feels right.
We don’t have a washer, dishwasher, or very many cooking or cleaning utensils. We’re perched next to Volcan Villarrica, the most active volcano in Chile which constantly has smoke bellowing out the top and glows red at night. Yet here I’m so much happier. I feel reconnected with my adventure self, and I’m so glad to have found her again. My expectation and hope is that our travels just keep getting better and better. Thank you, Pucon!