Regarding the Quote by Allen Cohen .. I saw it one day and thought, Hey, that is us ! That is the way we have been thinking, living, experiencing life in the past few years.
The Quote ..
"There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
In the past, approximately 7 years, my husband and I have moved to 2 different states, driving across the United States from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest , Pup too ! And to one different country/continent, Pup too.
We like vacations and travel but we really enjoy moving to new environments, learning our way around, learning the local customs, discovering new Everything all over again. We used to rent apartments when we went on Vacations. A Villa in Jamaica, an apartment in Paris, a flat in London, which sort of prepared us in the tiniest way for the experience of living in a country that is totally foreign. Paris and London were not totally foreign but there were a few customs and details that were not the same as what we were used to, we learned along the way.
It was fun, learning to ride in an elevator that only 2 thin people would fit in or one person and a suitcase... we were so glad we didn't pack a lot that year !
Visiting Buenos Aires, we were struck by the familiarity of the place while it was so totally foreign to us at the same time. But mostly, above all else, we were charmed by the people.
The traffic and noise and dirty spots and did I mention noise? and not knowing the language, made us think a minute or two about managing , but the place, the people and the idea of the adventure, won us over to the idea of living here.
We rented 2 apartments while looking for our home, we stayed in one while the renovations went on and lived in the apartment while the slowest renovators in the world finished the job. We met our neighbors, welcomed in as if they had been waiting for us all along.
The Porters and shop keepers began to recognize us, as we walk by every day with Pup, to the park. Pup is a one of a kind dog here, so people remember him. People take photos of him. He is in photo albums all over the world.. strange but friendly Buenos Aires dog ..
We felt welcomed, we felt like we belonged .. and we feel like we can do pretty much anything now. We came here speechless, homeless and clueless and now we speak/read Spanish ( not great but we manage fine) , we have a beautiful home and we know our way around ..
We still look at real estate websites , in various cities, countries and we still daydream about living in an apartment on the Left Bank.
Who knows, one day we might be speaking French and feeding Pup fois gras with his baguette!
or we will give in to the call of a little Cottage in the Woods somewhere ..
I will be sure to let you know ...