It's just plain old sorrow.
DH and I are sad to be leaving BsAs, for this year, and I find it difficult to say goodbye to our friends here. True, it will be good to see family and friends in the USA, but Skype has helped to keep that distance less difficult. Back to an inundation of mail, household issues, continuing miserable weather and work. But yes, as they say, all good things......
We said goodbye to our excellent Spanish teacher, now friend, Gabriela Ferrante,. She has pulled us up (like Tira Misu) from bare bone beginners to being able to manage life in Argentina and even have some conversations - El Papa, Del Potro, mucos topics in Curves - She knows Italian and French quite well, which is a help to me in trying to learn the more complicated verb forms in Spanish ('trying' still being the salient word here). And she has stimulated us to continue our studies in the USA....these will include reading La Nacion (thank you, Punta Lugano) and trying to locate a speaker of Castillano, so that we can focus on the beautiful, Argentine accent. DH and I have very different learning styles, and we both recommend Gabriela for private or group lessons - and those wonderful excursions - en Español she took us on. Thank you Gabriela. www.gabrielaferrante.com
In addition to the visitors we have spent time with here (morewierd, glover and others) we have had the life enhancing privilege to have made, over the years, good Porteño friends. So we have been to parting dinners with many of them: We went to Restaurant 4141 to say goodbye to good friends (he used to be a frequent poster on this Forum). We all 4 found the restaurant to be very mod/minimalist in decor (they have a lovely terrace, but it was to chilly to eat afuera). The food was mixed: the soup was not good, the endive/mushroom starter was delicious and of the 4 principal dishes, only one was very good. The service was excellent. Though we would not recommend 4141, the evening was still so nice, as it always is being with these friends who have helped us so much over the years.
Today we will meet dear Porteño/ Uruguayo friends at Melo - this also gives us a chance for a nice walk to Recoleta. We haven't been to Melo yet this year, so that will be a treat - perhaps to help overcome the painful goodbye to our good friends ?
We leave for EZE on Friday, but not before having our traditional farewell lunch with Vero, a DE and chère amie.
So many goodbyes, and so many others to miss: Dr_dawggy and RicardoBA whom we did not see this year - next year ? Yankee Mike ?
Enough, I will now pause to shed a few tears - and then go to Curves with a bouquet of flowers for those lovely women: 3 years of exercise and friendship - and the hope to return in 2014.Edited: 9:32 am, March 20, 2013