A big priority of mine was to learn Spanish and though I committed time and money to this end, my results are a bit sub-par. I’ve managed to speak in somewhat full sentences; I’ve even been able to give several people directions to the closest metro stop, as well as successfully communicated with our doorman about needing the key to the laundry room. I understand a bit more than I did a few months ago, but my ability to speak and comprehend is still far from where I hoped after 7 months. If there’s one thing I’ve learned here, it’s patience.
Patience became like a friend of mine, visiting often, when it came to my job search. In conversations past, I recall thinking a good plan was to teach English. After some careful and intentional thought, I decided it wasn’t for me. Though it would have provided a really interesting and challenging opportunity, I was hoping for something different. After months of job searching in my PJ’s drinking powdered coffee, I found two different companies that are giving me a reason to motivate in the morning.
Where I spend the majority of my weekdays is at a co-working space called Urban Station near the Plaza Italia. More modernly known as Plaza Baquedano, this plaza is an important historical landmark in Santiago and a convergence point for many celebrations, and riots.
The company I work with truly displays the diversity that Start-up Chile companies are known for. On our team are people from Germany, Venezuela, Uraguay, Argentina, Chile and the US. Though our working language is English, I’m surrounded daily by conversations in German as well as several accents of Spanish. We are doing interesting work in the “digital world;” currently most of the work is on the ground in Germany.
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