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Eating at the 5 Spot

Had a great breakfast at the 5 Spot in Seattle. It's ranked among the top ten breakfast spots in the city and I can see why. Great food. Great atmosphere. Plus, gotta love Rocky on your menu.

Gowalla Trips: San Antonio Culture Crawl


I’m fairly new to the geo-tagging service provided by the folks over at Gowalla, but one of my favorite features thus far is “Trips.” Once exclusive to a select few, now every Gowalla member can create a trip (list of “spots” where a person must check-in in order to complete). When people check-in, they can leave comments, tips, pictures, etc., which makes these visits a little more exciting and engaging. There are several public trips available for historic spots, pubs, bars, and other venues. I decided to create one for cultural exploration here in San Antonio. The name of the trip is San Antonio Culture Crawl, and includes places such as the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Witte Museum, Artpace, and others. If you find yourself in the area and are a Gowalla member, please feel free to check out the trip and tell me what you think. Please leave any comments below in this post or on Gowalla when you check in.

I Can't Believe This Is It…

Between a rock and a hard place…

I can’t believe that in about 12 hours or so, I’ll be sitting in a plane waiting to take off from Chile. These past several months have been filled with their share of ups and downs, lefts and rights, and turnarounds. However, all things considered, the experience has been well worth it and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself, and others, in the process.

I was always working, so I still haven’t seen many of the things that I would like , nor have I experienced all that I want to. However, (1) regardless how long you spend in a different place, it’s rare that you do EVERYTHING that you would like, and (2) I have accomplished my main goals for coming out here: meet and learn from interesting people; learn more Spanish through immersion; step outside of my comfort zone and grow as a person; help others reach career goals by teaching them English; open future doors through new personal and professional experience abroad. Back home, I spent 4 months trying to find a new job. Here I had two within a month, one of which at an international law firm. I guess I can’t complain too much.

The main question people are asking me is: Is there anything that you will miss from Chile? So with no further ado:
Things I Will Miss From Chile (in no particular order)

  1. Ramitas de Queso (Chips)
  2. Frugelé (Gummy snacks – this will be no surprise for those who know me)
  3. Mote con huesillos (Peach drink with wheat grain in the bottom)
  4. Bread (funny how the first things that come to mind are food)
  5. People (Seriously, people are #1, but I’m working on a specific post for that)
  6. Geography (volcanoes, ocean, mountains, desert, forest…it’s all here)
  7. Being able to walk EVERYWHERE
  8. Being able to buy anything I need off of the street within block of my apartment
  9. The view of the Andes mountain from my apartment window
  10. Being compared to Will Smith or Michael Jordan every time I walked outside.
  11. My Chilean family (I love you guys)

Thanks, Chile, for opening up a completely different world.

It's Official, I'm A Chilean Resident

It only took about 7 months, but I finally got my legal identification card for Chile. With a “carnet” anything is possible. That RUN number you see under my name is the tax identification number you need to get anything accomplished: Internet, cell phone, bank account, etc. I picked it up last Thursday. I know I don’t have a very long time to enjoy the doors that it opens now, but on the bright side, I have a souvenir I can keep in my pocket…