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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires, 8 years ago. Life has never been the same since ~ Back in the USA ... life is still not the same !
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Life Goes On


“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost


The past four years have been so full and so exciting , so sometimes scary and often very funny and very touching and also very sad.

We were from NY, we had moved away and were living in Portland, Oregon.
A very nice place to live.
Pup loved it, we were looking for a home, he was allowed everywhere, he learned which cafes and restaurants gave him the best treats.
I was trying to decide between loft apartment near a park or a house.

Then we came to Buenos Aires for our anniversary.
We have done that before, often.
Las Vegas, London, Paris .. it is an exciting , wonderful way to celebrate anything, a marriage that has been exciting and wonderful deserved a good celebration.
We stayed for two weeks.

From the moment at the airport in Texas, where we met a fellow passenger who was on the way to BA to visit her family , to the people who owned the boutique hotel we stayed in, to the people we met on the streets and the city itself, everything was slightly magical.

Buenos Aires has a faded sort of beaten up beauty about it.
I was put off at first, the buildings were so dirty, ( my husband reminisced about the buildings in Paris when he went there the first time .. dirty, still beautiful) and the traffic and noise were more than I expected, but the sweetness of the people we met, the kindness of the citizens, the magic of the place was definitely more than I expected.

We had a wonderful, magical anniversary.

We came home, so happy to see Pup , who had wondered if we were really ever coming back .. who would follow us closely to be sure we didn't try That again !
Who wondered why we kept talking about Buenos Aires, apartments, furniture and why did Mom get that worried look sometimes .

In April, we all climbed on the airplane for the long flights to Buenos Aires.

We have had very few regrets.
We have had very many joyous moments.
We have had many laughs, many magical times and have only good stories to tell about the People here.

The saddest thing that happened was that Pup died in August.
The pleasure I find here is a little dimmed .. but it is a good place to be ..

The people are still as warm and kind as ever, ready for a good laugh.
We speak the worst possible Spanish and get such a kick out of managing to understand something..
I imagine this might be sort of the way a baby feels when it takes that first step without help ..
I speak to someone and they understand and I stand there with this huge grin, idiotic .. they must think me the happiest simpleminded person.

So 2012 is coming this weekend.
There will be Fireworks.. no doubt about that.
There will be laughter and tears and hugs and kisses .
Plans will be made ..
We will remember those who are not with us any longer ..
We will remember that Life Goes On ..


Wishing you all the Best Possible Happy New Year ...


7 comments:

  1. Candice - This has to be one of my favorite stories you have written on your blog. For years I have heard so many wonderful tales of Pup, first on Fodors, and now on your blog. I never tire of hearing about him. To me he was regal in the way he carried himself and regal in who he was.

    A very Happy New Year to you and your husband.

    Alwyas - Madison

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  2. Aww, thank you Madison !
    I am glad you enjoyed it, I am glad you never tire of hearing about Tate, it is impossible to talk about our lives here and not mention him, he was such an important part of our threesome.
    Happy New Year to you and yours,
    besitos, C

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  3. Tears of sadness and tears of joy. We had one those years too.

    Happy New Year!

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  4. I too love BA and the lovely, rather decrepit buildings. I love your description of your Spanish. For us, and our pup, we ended up in France, in the countryside, but with the same charming people and the same challenges of the language. This new year's eve we will be reminded of the luck we've had to arrive here. Thank you for the reminder.

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  5. HELLO THERE!

    Oh it is nice to see you again! I just saw your other blog and left a comment. KEEP EXPLORING! Blogging has been a great outlet for me to find what I have been looking for for a long time:

    My imagination.

    PEACE and LOVE in 2012! Anita

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  6. Wishing you a Happy New Year. BA must be a wonderful place to greet 2012. All the best.

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  7. Your writing touches my heart, as I felt I had found home on my recent trip to Buenos Aires. I am planning for a longer stay later this year. Happy New Year to you !

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