Trip Start Feb 27, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Alright, I'm back up and running!!  I picked a new blog website for this trip because I think I'll like it better, we'll see.  Last time I wrote, I was about to catch a taxi to the airport in Spain.  Much has happened since then.  For everyone who followed along with that, welcome back.... for the new people, bienvenido! (welcome :)

Well, here I am at the Indianapolis Airport!  I packed my bags, said my goodbyes, and the big adventure starts NOW!  I've been waiting for this day forever it seems like, I can't believe it's actually here.  I decided to go ahead and purchase 24 hours of internet for $7.99 through AT&T since I have a 6 hour layover in Miami.  Thought it would be a good time to get this blog thing started! 

I can't believe I actually accomplished the grand feat of packing for 5 months in one suitcase.  (OK I cheated... I have 2 suitcases, clothes are only in one of them though!  Gotta leave room to bring home a bunch of stuff from the foreign lands!)   As I watched my bags roll down the conveyor belt and disappear into the baggage tunnel I had a knot in my stomach as my mind raced to think of what I have forgotten.  Oh well,  I'll figure it out soon enough!  My bags and I will not meet again until we are both in Chile.  I wish them very very safe travels and pray that they arrive.  Haha. 

Here are my flight details:
I leave Indy at 2:50p.m. and land in Miami at 5:30p.m.
Flight leaves Miami at 11:25p.m. and I land in Santiago, CHILE at 9:40a.m. 

If all goes according to plan, I'll get there on time and there should be a group pick up at the airport to take us where we need to be in Santiago.  I'll be spending a few days there before heading to my official destination of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.  (My apartment is in Viña and the school is in Valparaíso.  They are about ten minutes from each other.)

I have no idea what my internet availability will be like in Santiago so there's a chance I won't be writing anything until I arrive at my final destination.  For now, assume that no news is good news.  =)    

I will miss you all and wish me luck as my journey begins!!

I'll write as soon as I can. . .

Love you alllll!!!
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starlagurl on

Welcome to TravelPod, Kristin, I hope you like it here, and that you have many fabulous adventures in South America.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

dad101086 on

Hey Daughter
Well here we go again.....10 weeks in 5 months in South America....what's next?? Please don't start researching the North Pole! We are all looking forward to the updates and hearing about life 'down south'. Looks like mid 80's all next week! I hope Chile is all you expected and much more! Be safe and proceed with caution as you explore your new world. Technology will keep us in touch and your time will go quickly! Love You! DAD

motherkenna on

Hello Kristin
Up Up and Away--- Now your dream of studying in Chile is underway. You are about to land and I know you are anxious to see the sun and the city of Santiago. We miss you already ! Have great fun today! Hope your hotel is exquisite. Love you, Mom

chinaruby on

On your way!
One year ago today we traveled to China! Wow is this family full of globe trotters or what? Can't wait to follow your blog.
God speed to you!
Love you, Aunt Jill

ahma on

New Journey
Last night at 11:20 I looked at the clock and said Kristin has taken off on her journey. This morning I looked at the clock at 9:30 and said she has arrived and begins her adventure to new beginnings. I wish you well.
love you Ahma

lanies72 on

Hey there!
Hey Kristin. I can't believe that you are already in Chile. Time sure flies! It was great seeing you in December! Can't wait to keep up with all your awesome stories! Until then.....
Take care sweetie. Love-your cuz Elaine

tedf on

Hola Kristin!!!
Welcome to Santiago a little late.Travel Pod was misbehaving yesterday!Look forward to hearing about your new Chilean Home-away-from-Home and much more!!We mess you already I mean miss you.Hope you are felling better and closer to getting settled.Be careful and have an awesome fun time!!!!!!Love You,Teodoro

chinaruby on

So, how are things going? Have you been to the beach? Have you been to the pool? What is the weather? When do you begin your studies?
Love, Jill, Ruby, Luna and Mike

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