Keep The Good Ones
Greetings from Buenos Aires!
I love this place. LOVE IT. The people, the food, the diverse and epic geography, the food...
As I sit typing this from a small cafe in Villa Crespo, post jet-lag and mandatory first weekend hangovers, I am reflecting on the many, many things that have happened in my life since my departure flight from my last visit here - 9 years ago.
In that time I have lived in Mexico, graduated with a couple degrees, moved back home to the US and then back to Australia, had a couple of amazing long term relationships, and have created a career that on paper looks like a circus, to name but a few milestones.
Thinking about this as I start sipping my second "cafecito" for the morning it becomes very clear, 9 years is a long time. But sometimes, with certain people - it actually seems like nothing at all..
My personal example goes something like this:
- Boy (played by me in this story) travels to Argentina.
- Boy meets two amazing girls that are cousins. (Hey easy peanut gallery - we're all just friends here..)
- Girls and Boy become great friends over the course of just two days - the kind of friendship usually forged slowly over years, birthdays, travelling together, and trying new things like deep-fried Mars bars, etc.. but not with these girls, the two days was enough to establish a lifelong connection.
- Boy leaves Argentina and returns to Australia and over the course of the next 9 years stays in touch with Girls off and on, so we're all up on each others big life events.
- Finally, FINALLY Boy returns to Argentina - connects with both girls on first night back in the country and its like only 9 days have passed instead of 9 years and just like an extended family member, they are well aware of all of the life milestones I mentioned above, and most in between them, as I am of theirs.
- Boy dances in and ON bars with Girls until 5:30am realising that friendships made along his journey in life and the experiences of connecting with great people are the real reason he has, and will continue to travel.
My point to this story? I've learned it doesn't take long to make genuine friendships. There are people out there that you will cross paths with that will actually become a long term character in the story of your life.
My challenge to you is to keep your eye out for them and once you find them, keep them, for they are the good ones.
Maybe one day in the future you will be dancing on a bar on the other side of the world at sunrise, with someone you met briefly almost a decade ago.
These things happen.
More Argentinean updates to come.
On the training for Vasaloppet side - I have travelled all the way here with my roller skis and will be hitting the streets and taking some video with the good ol' GoPro soon. For those of you that have been to Buenos Aires, you know the sidewalks and streets are about as straight as a 90's Enron accountant, but rumour has it there's a huge park nearby with long flat sidewalks perfect for skiing on... so will hit that soon. In a few days I'm putting myself on a plane down to the southern tip of the country to hunt for snow in the mountains of southern Patagonia... I may actually be skiing with snow under my feet for the first time, which will be hilarious for all those standing nearby.
Thanks for reading.