Today marks something of a milestone for me: I've been living in South America for 5 years now.
On September 1st 2003, I landed in Quito, Ecuador and now here I am in Valparaiso, Chile.
Over the past 5 years I've spent:
-3 months in Ecuador
-3 weeks in Peru and Bolivia
-2 weeks in Brazil
-2 and a half years in Argentina
-2 years in Chile
-About 3 or 4 months in England
I actually can't believe I've been out here so long. I can't believe I was 25 when I got here. It seems both far longer ago and nowhere near so long at the same time. I still kind of go 'wow' when someone tells me they've been out here for 2 years. I think that's a long time. And then I remember how long I've been here. It's weird.
Still, I'm happy in South America and, despite the many things that annoy me here, I don't want to leave just yet. I can't actually imagine being anywhere else. I don't want to be anywhere else right now. This is home.