I am ashamed. I am a business management major with a strong interest in social media marketing… And I broke one of the ten commandments pf digital marketing… “Thou shall not become lazy with your content creation.” Whoops.
It’s been over a month since my last post. Where have I been? Between working 45 hours a week and traveling on the weekends, I simply have not had time to sit down at my computer and write!
So, I will dedicate this post to catching everyone up with what’s happening in Chile.
My life in the past month:
- I went skiing in the Andes! A few friends and I went to El Colorado for the day. We were originally hoping to take classes, but they were sold out by the time we arrived. So, with all of my skiing experience (that’s one time, for those of you keeping score at home) I taught two Brazilians to ski. They were professionals in no time. As for myself, I only fell once and avoided any shoulder injuries. That’s a pretty big deal for me. I developed a strong liking for the winter sport.
As an additional note… I find it amazing that many Brazilians come to Chile just to see the snow. For many, it’s their first time ever seeing it. Do we take snow for granted in the United States? To Brazilians, it’s an incredible, new, thing. I saw one lady take a snowball and put it into her backpack to take home. I’m sure she now understands that snow melts.
- I have now ridden every Metro line in Santiago. What an accomplishment! I prefer line 4, it has TV’s in the trains.
- Although some people think it’s a myth, Fantasilandia does exist! I believe it’s Chile’s largest amusement part. Everyone says that it’s Chile’s version of Disney. It may be, but that doesn’t mean you should make a special trip to Chile just for this park. Let’s just say that its an appropriate amount of entertainment for only a $16 entrance fee. The park does have one similarity with Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean. Imagine the Disney version, but replace all of the entertaining, animated figures with plastic, immobile statues. Oh, and switch to the Spanish lyrics of “Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me.” That’s Piratas del Caribe: Chilean Style.
- Option TI had a pretty successful showing at ExpoEventos 2012. It was an event geared towards entertainment and tourism companies. There were stands from casinos, ski resorts, and even companies that set up A/V for events. Option was there to offer our email marketing and online sales management to these companies. I am proud to say that I made some very big contacts for the company through talking to people at the event.
- When we go to sales meetings, my coworker refers to me as a “social media specialist” from the United States. I do like the sound of that! Option is adding a social media management component to their list of services. I have been speaking with clients about social media, and brainstorming ideas to help them get started with content creation. I was also asked to speak at a conference in Chile about social media practices in the United States. It’s an incredible opportunity.
- I am still picking up laundry for “Ryan Beane.” Bankert is way too gringo for many Chileans to understand. There aren’t any problems with picking up my laundry under this name, but I have developed an irrational fear that I will use my credit card to pay and the attendant will see my true name. Then, there will be a long conversation explaining why I never corrected her. Awkward. Is there some type of phobia where you’re scared to pay with a card at a laundromat?
- My lovely family came to visit me for 12 days! It was great to celebrate my 21st birthday with my true family, my host family, and my friends from Chile.
While my family was in the country, we traveled to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, two cities on the coast. Both cities were beautiful in their own way, and we had a great tour. Later, we took a plane up north to San Pedro de Atacama. The Atacama desert is the driest desert in the world. There are places where rain has never been recorded. The landscape is incredible. You’re surrounded by dry, dusty plains, mountains, and valleys. But, in the distance, you can see the snow-capped Andes mountains. Along the Andes range, there are a lot of volcanoes (Chile has 2,500 in total). While not many are active, you can still see a few. It was definitely interesting seeing smoke pour from the top of a mountain.
Well, that’s been my life in a nutshell since the last post. I am hoping to start writing more frequently as the summer winds down. I cannot believe I only have 21 days left in Chile… Time sure flies. I love seeing the contrast from my first day until now. The first day, I was ready to come home. Chile wasn’t for me. Now, I am already thinking about when I’ll return to Latin America.
Que Dios le bendiga…