Back at it again
I've been so bad at keeping this blog up. I feel disappointed and a little angry with myself about it. So much happened in March and the first half of April, but none of it has been published here.
I've been thinking to myself, why did I stop? Carnival broke my routine. The all-night partying made blogging impossible. That's fine. Then I left for Buenos Aires. It took a lot of energy in the first couple weeks to adjust to a very different living situation. Ok. Then, near the end of February, I took on a project that took a more than week's worth of all-nighters and working through the weekend. Priorities! And then I left for Patagonia and LOST MY PHONE. Sad times :(
Well, there are a lot of excuses. But that's no excuse. I want to keep this up. There's so much to share, and it would be a shame to let those memories fade away.
Right now I'm back in Rio de Janeiro and I'll be here until the end of May. Yesterday I pushed my flight back once again. I'm happy here and there are also practical reasons why it makes sense to stay.
For the sake of getting it out there, I'm going to list in bullet-point form some of my experiences of the last couple months:
- Lived in Buenos Aires for a little over six weeks.
- Pushed back my flight the first time so I could move back to Rio de Janeiro.
- Visited Patagonia: hiked up Fitz Roy Mountain in El Chaltén; saw the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate; and spent the day in Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the most southern city in the world and the last stop before Antarctica.
- Lost my iPhone my first night in El Chaltén. Through that, experienced the kindness and generosity of fellow travelers who helped me look for it and gave emotional support. One woman even gave me her camera to keep! Without her I wouldn't have any photos of Patagonia, or anything else since then.
- While hiking with a new friend, discovered I'm an INTP personality type. Only 3% of the population have this type. Read a book on INTP and now have a much better understanding of myself and appreciation for why I behave the way I do. Most importantly, knowing about my type is giving me insight into my relationships.
- Visited Iguazu Falls.
- Went out a lot. In BA, you don't show up to a club until 3 a.m. Went to Human, Club 69, Dorothy, Nicky Harrison, a BA Trance party, another speakeasy and warehouse party that I stumbled upon, a rooftop pool party.
- Made wonderful Porteños friends who helped me a lot and made my stay a million times better.
- Explored most of the touristic sights in the last few days.
- Learned to live without a phone and be OK with that. This was a big deal at first.
- Had an amazing last night in BA where the owners of bar invited me in to party with them after close.
- Moved back to Rio and did a lot of the things I wanted to do last time but didn't: met up with Elio, had dinner with Maira and her new roommate in BG, saw a Forró band play live, hiked Pedra da Gávea with Elio, ate feijoada at Bar do Mineiro in Santa Teresa, crossed the bay to Niterói to see the Contemporary Art Museum, stayed up all night and went swimming in the ocean at sunrise.
- Visited Salvador and the Coconut Coast in Bahia.
What's been reinforced is how important is to make the effort to do new things every day. It makes life so much richer. Get on the plane, show up — it's always worth it.