The Fat Lady is Singin'
Last week, Mark and I enjoyed a special night out with our friends, Brian and Christina, at the famous Teatro Colón. We bought tickets to see La Viuda Alegre (The Merry Widow), a German Operetta. Seeing a show in this famous opera house was one of the last things on our "bucket list", and as I sat mesmerized by the sound of the orchestra filling the beautiful space, I couldn't help but feel the eminence of our departure. The Proverbial Fat Lady was singing (in German with Spanish subtitles - nonetheless).
Now, as the summer heat has settled in for the holidays, and we decorate for Christmas, my emotions are as tangled up as the strings of tree lights. There are so many things that I will miss about this place, and also things I can't wait to be done with. I have loved the culture and beauty of Buenos Aires, but will be happy to be away from the rush and crime of a big city. I am trying to figure out a way to store Límon ice-cream and empanada wraps on our boat, and I'll miss the grocery delivery service. But I can't wait to be able to buy canned black beans and salsa without the import tax added!
I am loving the lack of crazy commercialism during the Christmas season, but I wish we could take our annual neighborhood drive to look at Christmas lights! Not many people here put up decorations, aside from malls and shopping areas. But overall it has been great for us to be away from the states during the holidays. I never realized that Christmas just wasn't that big of a deal in other parts of the world. I have decided that Americans are insane in their expectations surrounding the holidays - overindulging, overcommitting, overspending, just overboard on so many counts. I have vowed to take a more Argentine approach to this season and celebrate simply.
|Some of our Argentina friends!|
This past week, as we prepare to transition onto our boat, we have been checking off items on our provisioning list. Most recently, a trip to a huge Carrefour allowed us to buy some necessary kitchen items - drying rack for dishes, pyrex casserole dishes, and some office supplies. We also brought all of our winter-type clothes to the storage unit, one of many trips that we will make there in the next few weeks. There are many things to get moved around! Thankfully, though, we were able to get our rent extended for a week, so that we don't have to live in a hotel for 2 weeks, but just maybe for a few days before we are cleared to live aboard the boat. As you can imagine, Mark and I are a bit stressed, as we try to plan for all of the unknowns up ahead and the ever-steepening learning curves. Now, if I can just get these emotions untangled and get that woman to stop singing already...