Today I had to go back to school and back to reality. It was pretty hard getting up early, but going to school and seeing my friends again made it all worth it. This new school year has made it really clear to me that I actually do have great friends here in Chile. I have real friends who I love and want to talk to, and now school is no longer a chore where I have to work to understand Spanish and think of things to say to people, it’s a pleasure to be with friends and share stories and laugh. Everyone came up to me and asked me how I had enjoyed the North, and it was nice that so many people had remembered where I was going and noticed that I was back.