As I sit here going through the numerous information blogs and orientations that I’ve been sent to prepare for my
trip stay life in Buenos Aires, I’ve come to realize a few things.
1. I need to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. (Though apparently it’s normal to stay up till 4 or 5 am in BA)
2. I’ve procrastinated this whole break (doing work at T, watching Kdramas, playing Zelda, partying like its 1999) and only now have I started to do research (yikes)
3. This will be a very fun and exciting, beautiful and thrilling, scary and random experience
4. That adventure breeds adventure
This last bullet point (and boy do I love lists) is pretty key. I think we all sort of get caught up in the habitual everyday patterns of our busybusy lives and we seem to make up excuses for ourselves listing all the reasons why we have to do this or that, and then we consequently begrudge all those people who seem to have all the time in the world to go out and experience really cool things.
So here’s a crazy proposition for ya: Why don’t you just go on that weekend trip to Burlington, Vermont or the Cape? Take a train/bus to Quebec and Montreal – go into the giant man-made ice castles and hang out with huskie puppies at the snow sculpture show (which I can say is part very cool and part heartbreakingly cute).
I know that once I get to Argentina I’ll be travelling and sightseeing with every free second I get – so why are you sitting on your
ass butt, reading this blog? (read: I know I totally asked you to read this blog, but stick with me here) Go out – explore – you don’t need an itinerary filled program and a shriveling bank account to just pay 30-70 summat dollars for a bus ticket, and I sure know that you won’t regret it. Traveling is fun to do and sometimes a very simple thing once you wipe away the grime of “responsibility” and “fear”
(not that feeding cats aren’t important – just – don’t feel constricted by the things that won’t matter in 5 years) Take your life by its hypothetical balls and jump off that non-existent cliff.
I’ll just keep sitting on my thermapedic bed
cramming studying Spanish and ways to not get pick-pocketed while my right eye squints to focus because my left eye keeps uncontrollably tearing up…I should probably go to sleep now.
((Favorite Foods of the Week: Honey Bunches of Oats with Fresh Cut Banana and Soy Milk))
as I am short on time and am still preparing for my trip abroad, I can’t write too much about my trip to Seattle – only that it was about a week and a half long. I went in May, just after my second year of college to attend Camp Jitterbug – for the first time – which I had been planning to do for 3 years or so (only I couldn’t because I had my brother’s graduation 1st, then my prom 2nd, then my closest cousin’s graduation 3rd). This was the first and last time I’d get to go during my early 20s (because THIS spring I’ll be in Argentina and NEXT spring I’ll be graduating COLLEGE!).
So. I stayed with a friend M at his apt. on Capital Hill (which was awesome) and he took me around lots of cool places, and I went out a few times by myself to explore.
Seattle is Gorgeous. My only regret was not being able to go to the rest of Washington and go camping and sightseeing. This is one of the most green and fresh areas in the country (in my opinion) and I couldn’t stop oogling the pretty snow-capped mountains. I visited pike place market where I got to see the infamous fish throwing fishermen and the gumchewed covered wall of awe-some grossness. On top of the beautiful nature, I got to go on some refreshing walks along Myrtle Edwards Park and I took a ferry to Bainbridge Island (which has GREAT fudge – with SEASALT!).
To top the whole trip off – I attended a fantastic dance event with great classes, entertainment, music, and dancing.
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As some of you may know, last January I took a trip to Ecuador where I spent a week in Quito (the capital) and an additional week in Puyo and Sarayaku in the Amazon. I made a short documentary about Lago Agrio and the oil contamination, but I also filmed a lot more footage than just that one day. I also just recieved the photos that my travel mate A and I took together – so I am going to go through those soon too.
Last fall (Sept 2010), my very close cousin G had his very special Bar Mitzvah (which he did so eloquently and joyfully), which I was very lucky to attend in California.
When I ended the evening by taking a quick stop at the sutro bath ruins, my mind traveled back in time to when they were in full functioning order. I could imagine all the people who went there and what an amazing time they must have had – a spa right on the ocean’s edge? I’m so jealous thinking about it.
Feel free to save some pictures for your background (I look at them all the time!)
If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the following people:
A fellow traveler,
A friend of mine,
A person interested in life, oddities, special moments, living and observing, being in the present, and sharing.
Or…you’re my mom.
or my brother, or dad, or even my 90 year old grandparents. Hi grandma.
But still. You’re here. You’ve come to read my writing, see my photos, and watch my videos, and for that I thank you.
I hope to share with you what I have been privileged enough to see and experience, and that you will be able to not only get a peek into my life, but also a peek at the world in which we live and who lives in it. And then we can comment about it together.
Thanks for joining me and I hope to keep you entertained and informed!