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Things To Remember
April 19, 2012, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Argentina

A mentor of mine once told me that when he sat down at his journal after a long day of traveling, he wrote little snippets of events; not fully formed sentences, but things to jog his memory, or those defining moments of clarity and things he learned in the day.

In a similar fashion, I’d like to share some tidbits about the last two incredible days I’ve had in Argentina. In a very last-minute spontaneously planned trip, one of my best friends Veronica and I decided to go to Iguazu Falls, one of the most gorgeous natural wonders of the world. I’ve actually been to Iguazu Falls two years ago (pictures and story here), but Veronica had never been and I decided that a once-in-a-lifetime experience surely could be repeated twice. As anticipated, it was breath-taking, beautiful, and a much-needed vacation. I forgot how much I love traveling with every fiber of my being. It was a beautiful two days where we did nothing but live in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest. Here’s our two days, in little snippets:

Eating the most sumptuous, mouth-watering ‘bife de chorizo’ cut of steak (Argentina’s finest) while luxuriously reading ‘A Suitable Boy’ (my newest read)… Window-shopping and treating ourselves to little gifts (while stretching our purse strings), like a hair pin, yerba maté earrings, and a pair of the most unique and equally beautiful sandals… drinking a little too much of the most delicious Syrah I’ve ever tasted… giggling over ‘Friends’ episodes in our hostel, while chatting to two French men and one German man about the Peace Corps… taking advantage of our hostel’s breakfast by slipping a few hard boiled eggs and bread into our pockets for lunch at the Falls, combined with wine, our leftover steak, and a brownie each (AMAZING!)… walking, walking all day to avoid the tourist lines, and catching glimpses of monkeys along the way…. staring in awe at ‘The Devil’s Throat’ (the most incredible part of the Falls) for what seemed like eternity… chatting with a wonderful Brazilian family and learning some words in Portuguese (bom dia!)… trekking through nature trails and waterfalls in every direction, while we talked about our pasts and futures… realizing that our ‘secret language of English’ that we use so readily in Paraguay (since barely anyone speaks English) does NOT apply in Argentina… getting a little embarrassed over what strangers heard us say before realizing they understood us- this just made us laugh… speaking in Guaraní to the indigenous craftsmen in the park, which made them blush and smile… getting matching necklaces as a token of remembrance from Iguazu… warming up from the cold with mugs of hot chocolate and shrimp noodles at a uniquely decorated restaurant… a wonderfully hot shower followed by pushing our two bunk beds together to make a nest on top. 

These memories last a lifetime.


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