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Mi año está terminando muy rápido parece. Todos me están pidiendo cosas ahora como si porque no puedo quedarme acá y si quiero irme y todo. Muchas personas no sabían que me voy a ir. Pensaban que vine a Chile para vivir siempre. Les expliqué que necesito irme porque tengo colegio y mi vida en los estados unidos. La verdad es que no quiero irme en la vuelta porque he tenido tantas experencias buenas acá en Chile he hecho hartos amigos. En la otra mitad, estoy emocionado para irme porque mi vida allá me está esperando y necesito continuarla eventualmente. No puedo tener vacaciones para siempre, ¿cierto? Estoy haciendo viajes cuando puedo para usar mi tiempo en Chile lo mejor posible. Me fui a Chillán el fin de semana pasada con un gran compañero de mi y lo pasemos la raja. Fuimos a su campo, al mall en Chillán al cine para ver Titanes del Pacífico 2. Tenía tiempo para juntar con otros estudiantes allá también entonces nos juntemos y tuvimos un asado juntos. Es siempre una buena onda cuando los estudiantes están juntos. Mi viaje a la Isla de Pascuas está acercando rápido. Nos vamos en el 13 de mayo y volveremos el 18 de mayo. Solo algunas semanas después el viaje me voy a EE UU. Me da pena que queda poco tiempo pero estoy listo y estoy disfrutando la vida mientras está antes de me voy.
The year FEELs like it is finishing up as it comes to an end. It appears that everyone realizes at a distinct time that I will be leaving eventually. This means that multiple times a week I am confronted with people asking me to stay and expressing their displeasure that I won’t be here for very much longer. I’ve had to explain many times the program over again, as people seem to think that I came here to live indefinitely. Also, the number one question I have been asked is; Do you want to leave? And the answer to that is vague. I would say that I don’t want to leave because I have had one of the best years of my life year in Chile, and the experiences I’ve had here will help me through the rest of my life. I’ve made friends, family, and connections here that will last forever if kept in touch with. In the end, I’ve essentially created a another life here and returning to the US would metaphorically end that life. At the same time, I am excited to return to the US because my life before the exchange has been put in “pause” and is waiting for me to resume where I left off. To make it easier to understand, it is like starting a movie, but then pressing pause a few scenes into the movie and starting to watch a great tv show. At some point the tv show will run out of episodes and end, and then you will be motivated to continue the movie again, but while the series is still showing and intriguing, there isn’t motivation to watch the movie in that moment. To sum it up in reality again, I am excited to go back, but don’t want to leave. If only there was a way to live two lives I have thought to myself many times. In other news, life is pretty normal. I haven’t been able to go horseback-riding as much as I want because of school everyday. My host mother’s birthday was yesterday along with my biological brother in the US. My host mother had all of her friends over at the house for a girl’s night type of thing, and they all enjoyed themselves. I went to Chillan this past weekend with a good friend from class, and we had a great time there. We went to his ranch and shot around with a metal bb gun, we went to the mall in Chillan, saw a movie at the theater (Cauquenes doesn’t have one), and met up with some other exchange students that were in Chillan. The Easter Island trip is coming up soon, and I am ready. Excited to finally go on a trip with all of the students. I wasn’t able to on the previous trips to the north (Atacama desert) and south (Patagonia) because of other events such as the Argentina trip with my class. We leave for the island on the 13th of May and get back the 18th, then I only have a few short weeks till departure.