Perder chispa

This afternoon a forest fire started on Cerro Otto, a mountain peak in the middle of a residential area. Low humidity, little rain, and less than average snow fall for the last two years make for tinder-dry conditions.

This afternoon a forest fire started on Cerro Otto, a mountain peak in the middle of a residential area. Low humidity, little rain, and less than average snowfall for the last two years make for tinder-dry conditions.

We are ready to go home.

We are done trying to recreate the food we would eat at home (impossible) and unwilling to eat like Argentines.

We are done—for now—expecting that we will make significant improvements in our Spanish (except for Lou, who has a true immersion experience every weekday).

We are done being on vacation and not having the income or the sense of purpose that come from work, nor the comfort and sense of connection that come from having family and real friends nearby.

Our challenge is to make good use of the two weeks we have left and not think too much about home and the dried cherries, peanut butter, black beans, Yukon Gold potatoes, sourdough bread, asparagus, assorted cheeses, and Mexican food we will immediately buy.

8 thoughts on “Perder chispa

  1. ellentveit Post author

    Thanks, Stacy! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks and hearing more about changes in the division. It sounds like a lot has happened in just a few months.

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  2. Kevin

    Stay strong, Ellen!

    Don’t give up on these remaining weeks, leave and then regret your last weeks later, I say.

    I’ve done that. Now, instead of remembering how I pulled it together and finished strong, I’ll always remember how I didn’t.

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    1. ellentveit Post author

      Exactly. I’ve decided to end my Spanish classes this week, and then continue reading and writing in Spanish next week while I still have ample free time. Must. Nail. The. Subjunctive.

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  3. liz

    ooh, the two week limbo zone– a confusing, lethargic, surreal time! Hope you can plan some fun adventures to give you purpose. Are you planning any more time in BA before you leave?

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  4. Ellen

    Hi Liz, I wondered how much influence the “two week limbo” had — probably a lot. We’ve got a day and a half in BA on the way home. It’s been in the upper 90Fs and humid there, with power outages and the usual random transit strikes, so we might take a day-trip by ferry to Uruguay.

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  5. liz

    Yeah, I don’t know if it’s a universal ‘thing’, but reading your post, I had such a strong memory of that discomfort– I think I once conceptualized it as my body still being abroad while my soul was hovering over the Atlantic somewhere, on its way home. One of the years I was in Latvia, I believe this phase took a whole month. ugh! good luck fighting that sludgy feeling (or just goin’ with it)! 🙂 transitions: not just hard for toddlers.

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