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.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

One of those days

Did you ever have one of those days when you wake feeling great, full of energy, all sorts of ideas for what to do and where to go .... and end up doing not much of anything or going anywhere ?

Today was one of those days.

We were up and ready to go out, needing some things at the market, figuring we would get our errands run and then just wander, shop, take photos and hang out.
After the intense , awful heat spell we had, we had an equally intense rain storm.
Several parts of the city are still flooded, cars drowned, citizens unhappy with the City because this keeps happening and no one does anything about it.

You know that old story- when you want votes, you promise the moon. When you are in office, you forget  your promises.
I keep wondering how Chinatown fared in the rain and floods.
It is in a low lying area, nothing to stop water that is rushing in, from rushing right through .. and all the sweet little homes in that area, how are they ?
Belgrano, a beautiful barrio, is still flooded.
The area is so beautiful, lush and green and quiet.
We came so close to living there when we were house hunting upon arrival in Buenos Aires.
If we stayed here, I would consider moving there.

So with a tiny bit of energy from the cooler weather and pretty bright sunshine, we were off !
We went to L'epi and bought authentic french bread, baked in ovens from France.
Delicioso ..
We went to the market and bought salmon for roasting.  (eventually it will be a sandwich on that good bread).
 Then home, put it all way, back outdoors.

Then somehow, walking down the block, all my new found energy left me.
We walked to the park where we saw a fresh accident .. Police car meets Motorcycle.
Motorcyclist limping, bike dented, police standing around looking very muscular and official and in my opinion, a tiny bit worried.
My guess ... the moto boy cut them off ..
Those motorcycles cut in and out of traffic here all the time, speeding and crazy driving.
They even go up on the sidewalks which makes me crazy.
So I am blaming the motorcycle for  this one.

The Jacarandas are in bloom.
Full blast purple Jacaranda bloom..
After taking a few hundred photos  of trees, chatting and wandering with my husband, we found ourselves headed back home, leaving all that fresh air and sunshine for everyone else. .
We needed a nap. Or at least a glass of wine or tea and a rest.
It is an exciting life we lead, other crazy ex-pats like us can relate.


smallenanna said...

Chinatown was badly affected by flooding. We hope that the restaurants can afford to come back. It's sad. MtV

NotesFromAbroad said...

samllenanna, I was wondering about the Chinatown in Buenos Aires, I didn't think of Chinatown NYC , but I am so sad that they we so badly affected. Thank you, besos,

Milsters said...

Hear hear! It is indeed an exciting life we lead and we should be grateful for all the adventures, inspirations and moments of reflection that this life gives us.

I love your purple trees. I've been taking photos of them all over Buenos Aires but had no idea what they were.

You still haven't answered my question from my blog! :) Are you leaving BsAs? :(



Razmataz said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. Those trees are just amazing. Have a good Sunday.

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