That's right. It will officially be summer for me when I land in Lima on Monday February 8th. Until June, that is, then it will be winter again...a whole different type of winter.
I just got back my Brazilian visa after picking it up at the consulate in San Francisco. Good thing I'm unemployed, cause getting there at 1:45 in the afternoon on a Monday isn't the most convenient thing. A pain in the ass process, but you can't blame them, we do the same thing to them.
I have my hostel booked for Easter Island. Hooray! Hopefully I'm not sleeping with the cockroaches, it'll be awesome.
I finally finished an ESL teacher training course online. I think it helped me a bit in terms of knowing things to expect, but once I get down to Chile I know it will be totally different. I'm not sure what the school will be like, what age my students will be, how much support I will have, etc. I think most difficult part about the whole trip won't be the travelling, the adapting my current Spanish skills, or even living with a family for 8 months, it will be teaching and trying to teach well. This, from a trained engineer. HA!
I was able to get in contact with some Rotaractors in Lima so I'm going to meet up with them one day. In Uruguay, too, I made a few contacts in Montevideo, so I'll have people to meet up with. I'm still working on Buenos Aires & Mendoza.
My week in Rio is shaping up to be an awesome time. My host seems pretty cool and we have been talking on Skype every once in awhile. Blocos, Soccer, Barbecues, Beaches, and all other fun things seem to be shaping up already, not to mention Carnival.
It's also an odd feeling not having an Iphone anymore. Actually, it's kind of liberating, haha!