Sunday, December 27, 2009

Argentina: Retrospective

Argentina Recap

1. It's a plan!, 2. Old Man Plant, 3. Zorro with his tools, 4. Can't help myself..., 5. My view, 6. Onion, Carrot, Garbanzo Bean Soup!, 7. Mom and Me at Casa Rosada, 8. Packing up, moving out, 9. All bundled up, 10. Cacti!, 11. Glad I Wasn't Driving..., 12. Ninja!, 13. "Little Bird, Big World" Inspiration

Argentina is the single biggest topic of my year, and therefor deserves her own post! This isn't to say that nothing else happened since I left Argentina, but I think it's safe to say that the bulk of my excitement took place during those 5 and a half months (or really, during the last month). I learned to weave, to cook, to speak Spanish, to identify birds (in Spanish!), and to have faith. I taught Federico (the man at the hardware shop) to make hula hoops! I learned to party, I learned to navigate, to observe, and to take things as they come (though robbery is hard to let go). I learned that friendly knitters are universal but good yarn is not. I learned that I can feel at home in another land. I learned to slow down and then promptly forgot in the instant my plane hit the tarmac...we're just not a mellow people!

Looking back, Argentina has had a profound impact on me. Some lessons have been forgotten, but I am left with a profound need to go back with awareness I have now and see what new lessons await me!

3 comments:

daisiesandrainbows said...

I'm totally and completely envious of your beautiful trip! It sounds like you walked away with a lot of new wisdom. Do you have any new trips planned?

Robin Marie said...

It was wonderful, I recommend Argentina if you ever get the opportunity. I don't have any trips planned (or the money to take them) though my traveling companion and I are tentatively aiming for Argentina 2011. I don't know if that will happen. I'm hoping to see more of the US in the next few years, maybe take a road trip. The limit of my experience in my own country is astounding!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

BetteJo said...

I don't see how you could come home from a trip like that and not be affected. It had to be a huge learning and growth experience! I hope you are able to travel around our country too - there are so many different things to see and different cultural experiences to have right here.

But of course - you're a doer - you'll do both, here and abroad! Yay you!

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