Dear friends and Readers: Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Macarena Flores. I am proud to say that she will be a colleague of mine at my school in 2011. She was kind enough to write this and give me her permission, with a great photo of her in Boston.
She said “Yes”, almost immediately when I asked her, to give me her permission to publish her story on this blog. In so doing, she becomes my first “Guest Writer”, a unique honor that she and she alone will possess. It seems fitting that she is Chilean, which lets me know that there are some great writers in Chile out there for future collaboration with me as a Guest Writer, just like Macarena. Ladies and gentlemen, without any further preamble, I give you Macarena’s story…
MY EXPIERENCE IN BOSTON by Macarena Flores
After a lot of thinking and bringing back memories to my mind, I can say that my experience in Boston was perfect, just as it was meant to be. I experienced all the emotions and feelings a person can feel. I learnt so much about life, about myself, cultures and relationships.
It was the first time I traveled so far away from home, alone and for such a long time. It was a huge step for me, so huge that my life is divided in “before” and “after” living in Boston. Before, I was still a teenager (even though I was 22). I did not know how real life was, or how it felt being alone and did not have any of my close people to give a hug. Sometimes it was very hard to stay there, but I went with a purpose and I could not fail myself, so I walked on.
The good moments were completely unforgettable, I remember them so clear, I have my favorites, when I went to “Six Flags”, an enormous theme park; the game of “Red Sox”, Boston baseball team; Halloween and New Year celebration, the last one in Times Square in New York; and all the travelling with my friends including beaches, parks, museums, cities, monuments, etc.
I cannot believe 8 years have passed since then. If I have to use one word to describe how I feel about Boston, I would use THANKFUL, yes, for falling in love, for facing fear and sadness, for meeting great people, for growing up, but most of all for learning how valuable daily things are. Now I enjoy every moment of my life and I am happy and proud of who I am.
Macarena Flores Salinas
Santiago, Jan. 27th, 2011