"This is the tale of the tiny snail
And a great big grey-blue humpback whale.
This is a rock as black as soot
And this is a snail with an itchy foot.
The sea snail slithered all over the rock
and gazed at the sea and the ships in the dock.
And as she gazed she sniffed and sighed
The sea is deep and the world is wide!
How I long to sail said the tiny snail. "
- "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson
We loved our life in Argentina.
Our original 1-2 year plan for life in South America stretched out to 7 years. We were starting to get itchy feet and thinking about our next move when an unexpected opportunity came into our lives.
We sold/gave away almost everything we had in Argentina and left there in April 2016. Now, we're working on developing our routines and our life in another country.
After nearly 3 months away, I can tell you that we really miss Argentina.
We miss our lifestyle there, the people, the closeness that we felt with teachers, friends and neighbors. We miss our walkable neighborhood in Córdoba, we miss our shopkeepers at the deli, vegetable market and health food stores. We miss being able to live without a car. We miss the good quality beef and wine and the ritual of Sunday asado. We miss public parks in every neighborhood.
Moving is tough. An international move with kids ages 8 and 4 is even tougher. This isn't a decision that we came to lightly. We want a home base. We want to give our girls some stability of being in one spot for several years, but we're really not the stay-in-one-spot-type-of-people. The more we see of the world, the more we want to see; the more we want to experience and discuss and celebrate. We want our children to be citizens of the world.
Dear Argentina, we'll be back.
It's such a grand country. Even with our 6 week road trip in 2014 and other trips around the country, there is so much to explore. I'm sure that we'll be back to visit, if not to live. Argentina takes up a huge place in our hearts. While we look forward to our coming adventures, it's hard to close the previous one when it was so good.
Chau, Argentina. Hasta luego. Nos extraña mucho.
(Goodbye Argentina. See you again. We miss you very much.)