Sunday, November 15, 2015

"If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all."

The aim is to be less reactive, more objective. To focus more on a solution than to obsess over the problem. To be less angry and judgemental but to be more open and calm. But what if it is just too difficult to be non reactive to someone elses negative behaviour? Is it so bad to just give up trying to be in harmony with that person, and choose my own stability as priority, and stop annihilating my own soul just to accomodate theirs? When can I say, there, I have tried enough and when can I say, I need to be more willing.

I am now in Salta. It is a bit of a dump with police everywhere, rough around the edges in not a good way, it is kinda like what little I saw of xinjiang in china. Can't wait to leave.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I made it!!!

To Argentina!!!! Honestly if you just knew the difficulties I faced in getting to this continent, from missed flights to a sick parent, you would understand how surprised I was when I finally landed, and immigration stamped me through with just one beautiful question.... "Como Estas"

From then on, it has been beautiful.

Buenos Aires... At first I stayed at sabatico hostel, which was lovely and quiet enough to sleep off my jetlag the first day and to explore the local neighbourhood of San Telmo where I had the most delicious empanadas for 11pesos, got a local SIM after much funny communication difficulties, did a tip based walking tour, changed money at the blue rate at the hostel.

 Then I moved to stay with a couchsurfer in Palermo neighbourhood, where we toured around the area on his motorbike, had alfajores and helados, went out for a delicious steak dinner, with two other people from the UK we met while queing up to enter the restaurant.

 The day after I did another tip based walking tour in a different area, and met two cool people, one bearded hippie type music producer slash rock guitarist in rolled up jeans Chileno and the other a blue eyed ponytailed aztecprintbackpacked carpainter hiker type Austrian. Spent the day with them exploring, visiting the Recoleta cemetery, having cheesy pizza by the sidewalk, having beers in a park, feeling the rush of rush hour in the subte (and yet even in rush hour the portenos remained polite and in good humour, what people!) , meeting the Chileno's cs host, having wine while watching folk dancing on YouTube, having the most delicious hamburgers, then finally stumbling home on a late night collectivo.

By day four, the aquamarine eyed Austrian hiker had hopped on a plane to his argentinian girlfriend, leaving the Chileno and me to explore BA. From Florida to the best pizza ever at the iconic BA pizzaria Vanchero to cafe con leche in an atmospheric cafe I dont remember where to Puerto madero and a great park, it was a lovely day although energy levels were dropping compared to the day before and I was starting to feel tired.

Day five, I left Buenos Aires, got tickets to Rosario feeling a little bummed to leave Buenos Aires so early since I was starting to really like the city. But I had nothing to be bummed about because Rosario, turned out to be quite a fun experience.