Uruguay has been our home for the past 16 months and we love it. Through the ups and downs of adjusting to life in a different culture, we have been truly fortunate to find ourselves in such a place. We are ready for a new adventure, most likely temporary but we don't know. All signs are pointing us toward San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. We plan to be there for the low season of October through December. If you don't know Bariloche, it is a very different type of place from Montevideo. Located in the mountainous area of northern Patagonia, spring is the low season there with skiing being the main draw in winter and hiking/water sports in the summer. Since we have never lived in the mountains but would like to, this area really appeals to us. There are other towns nearby such as San Martín de los Andes and El Bolsón that we plan to explore and the variety of outdoor activities in this mountain/lakes region is incredible.
One challenge with our plan is how to live in a more rural area without a car. The Bariloche area has a great bus system that runs a loop from downtown to the main roads, with other buses running long distances from Bariloche. While we explored living within the city proper, we were told in no uncertain terms that while the city has all the modern conveniences, the city is not why people come to live in Bariloche. Now we are researching temporary rentals on the main bus loop or within a decent walking distance to the city center.
Our list of things to sell will be coming shortly. It is amazing how much you can acquire even when you live in a furnished rental and never really purchased much. Alas, we have plenty of housewares, toys, clothes, books and cloth diaper supplies that we will be selling. The plan is to come back to Montevideo during/after high season 2011 but we don't want to store all our extra stuff, so away it goes.
Wish us luck! This extended vacation will hopefully be just the thing we're looking for. New things to learn and explore within a beautiful, restorative environment. You can't forget the great German architecture, handmade chocolates and artisan beers produced in the Bariloche region! Sounds like my kind of place!!