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The Biggest Surprise of South America: Chile Has It All

Fjords, islands, volcanos, beaches, desert, and very welcoming people. Chile has it all! Even though I spent almost two months in the beautiful South American country, I would go back in a second.

The whole month of September, I will share 30 stories with you. One story each day. You will find out how I travelled, what countries I called home and how many times I repeated a travel in the same place. But most importantly, you will get to know my comfort zone stories. Would you share yours?

Chile and Argentina felt almost interchangeable. Not because they are the same, but because they are not. I have been in and out of these two countries for almost three months back between January and March of 2018. And let me tell you, hitchhiking over a border is not always easy – I almost got stuck a few times with nowhere to go. But these hiccups make a trip memorable. The biggest challenge though? Their language. The speed and dialect they are using made if very difficult for me to understand them. Again, I was just getting used to the Argentinian accent.

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It’s the country with the most incredible road. Hello, Route 7! It also came with the heartbreaking loss of two weeks worth of content because my SD card got deleted. And it just happened that during those two weeks I climbed an active volcano of 2,860 m (9,380 ft) – Villarrica. And I spent an incredible time on Chiloe Island, getting there after a 36 hours boat ride through the stunning fjords.

But Chile is also the place where I laughed the most, where I met yet another local friend in Santiago and visited a few more colourful cities on the coast. And that’s where I saw for the first time an avocado tree. Yes, I will forever be in awe of trees! Oh, and I visited an amusement park in Santiago. It was also in the capital that I visited Baháʼí House of Worship, my first time ever seeing this kind of spiritual building.

Then later in March, I celebrated my birthday in the place I wanted to visit since I was a kid: the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. I did four tours in 2 days and those moments are still so precious to me. More about it on the podcast, Travelling Inside Out:

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And it was then that I started the tradition of always having mimosas for my birthday. Let’s hear it from past-Alina explain it better:

Some days are made for mimosas and apple pies, ending with a gorgeous Pacific sunset. And a guy playing guitar by my window for hours. Some days happiness finds you earlier than you thought. And on days like this, I fall in love all over again.

March 2018

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How else I spent my time in Chile? I hiked all of them hikes. Okay, fine, not all of them but a lot of theeeeeeeeem. And guess who got the best-toned legs after three months of hiking on a daily?

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