Now that I’m back in the US just in time for spring, it occurs to me that my seasons are super out of whack. Starting from last (northern) summer spent in California, I was in Chile for most of the (northern) autumn season (experiencing southern springtime weather) and then had a brief dose of Christmas (northern) winter before moving back to a delightful southern hemisphere summer in January. You can see why I avoid using seasons to describe time when I’m in work meetings with people from both hemispheres.

Taking full advantage of my super short winter

And now it’s (northern) springtime again, heading into summer, and who knows when I’ll be back in the southern hemisphere for a proper winter. Sorry circadian rhythm, this isn’t going to make sense for a while.

In the meantime, some fun snapshots of Chilean summer:

I’m super proud of sending this route. I know it looks like there are a million handholds, but I promise most of them suck
On the way back from a climbing trip, the plastic splashguard underneath my friend’s car came loose on the highway and we had to snap it back into place on the side of the road. One of us was clearly unfocused on the problem at hand…
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That time we spent a Saturday afternoon at a waterpark that is clearly geared towards kids and families, but we pushed some kids out of the way and went down a few slides anyways. AND I didn’t get sunburnt, which was absolutely an accomplishment for this pale-skinned gringa
My favorite observatory and the moon

Today is my last day of a 14-day self-isolation period in a hotel after my international flight home and I’m very excited to move into a real house with a real kitchen and a real backyard, even if I’m still living out of a suitcase.

I’ve spent a lot of time catching up with friends, getting some work done (very thankful to be able to telework at this time), watching climbing movies, making sure the front desk has more toilet paper, and exercising to combat all the take-out meals I’ve been eating. It’s funny how normally I’d feel unhealthy and lazy ordering take-out, but now I feel like a veritable hero propping up the economy. Go team!