Quick Poll: Where to for Christmas & New Year’s?

Folks, I need your help trying to figure out whether to do Copenhagen, Stockholm, or both for Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year. Here’s the rub: we usually try to cram so many things into one trip, we really want to try to keep it to one destination this time around. Please vote in my poll below! And please leave a comment if you have any place you recommend in the place you’ve voted for. Thanks in advance!

Review: Try The World

Hubby and I have been subscribers of Try The World since Christmas and recently received our second box – the Venice box – in the mail. So, I thought I’d write a review.

Try the World

Contents of the Try The World Venice Box

“What’s Try The World?” you ask? I have to admit, I was hesitant to sign up for it because I found it via a Facebook ad. Normally, I ignore Facebook ads… and I would say that one out of 2 times I actually clicked on them and ended up buying something, I have been horribly disappointed. Continue reading

Happy Women’s Day!/Feliz Día de la Mujer!

Today’s International Women’s Day, and I have to say, women celebrate it with much more gusto in Argentina than they do in the USA. Feliz día de la mujer, a mis hermanas argentinas!

It’s always been interesting to me that, although Argentine society is afflicted with extreme “machista” (chauvinism, machismo), Argentine women really come together to celebrate a few different holidays and raise each other up.  Maybe it’s because they’re subject to such blatant sexism, that they celebrate it so fervently. Whatever the reason, it’s a really great day to honor the ladies in your life and celebrate their accomplishments.  Día de la Mujer is one of them, and another is Día del Amigo (Friend’s Day), which is July 20 every year, the anniversary of the first moon landing.

Friend’s Day is also a fascinating tradition to me, as a gringa. Really, it’s about celebrating your friendships and treating your friends especially well on that day. It’s basically a Valentine’s Day for your platonic pals.

Unless you don’t have a heart, Friend’s Day is a really great, feel-good day that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart. Unlike Valentine’s Day, when a lack of Valentine can cause depression, sadness, anger and hurt for so many.

Take a minute today to let your lady-friends know today that they rock. Not only because they do, but because they need to hear it every so often! Feliz día de la mujer!!!

Where on Earth have I been?

Perhaps one of the more existential questions in life: Where on Earth have I been?

Quite literally speaking (and I use that word in the actual, literal sense, rather than the way a sixteen year old would use it), I’ve been a lot of places, seen a lot of things, and neglected this here blog for too long. I’m sad about that, probably because writing is one of my favorite things to do and I don’t get to write non-legal documents nearly enough. Traveling is also one of my favorite things to do. Top five? In no particular order:

1) Travel
2) Eat
3) Drink wine
4) Write/Photograph
5) Sleep

But I’ve also lost a part of myself when I moved back from Mendoza to Austin, and then again to NYC. I left a little piece of me in MDZ – although I’m not sure what it was. Living abroad changes you. And it ruins you for life, because home suddenly isn’t as cool anymore. It’s not enough. It’s not as interesting. And it’s not “home”.

I also realized that New York, where I was born and lived until I was 24, is not home, either. What a horrible realization! I really was waiting for that epiphany…and it never came.

So, where is home? I’d like to find out.

Since my last post, I’ve gotten married to that boyfriend I talked about in my earlier posts, got a dog, moved to a new/old city and have joined the ranks of corporate America, where my soul takes a beating daily and comes back for more. One day, I’d love to be able to do what I really love full-time (see list above… it could totally work!), but that day is not today.

Until that day comes, I have promised myself that I need to chronicle my travels, amazing meals with friends, good times and great bottles. I’ll write this blog for me, but also for you, dear Reader (which may or may not be Future Me, only, but hey, that’s cool).

In the next few posts, I’ll recap some of the great trips I’ve taken (with the husband, usually) and dole out any advice, tips and tricks I learned along the way. I hope it helps someone… but if not, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!

Thanksgiving with the gringos

Summer is just around the corner and in many ways, it feels like it’s already here. It’s about 90* outside lately, and even though it’s a “dry heat” , it’s still hot. Not really feeling like the holiday season. But it is. And it’s weird.

Thanksgiving was just a few weeks ago, and to answer your questions: Yes! We had a Thanksgiving! With turkey. In fact, we had 2 Thanksgivings: 1 on Thursday and the other on Sunday afternoon. Here, we had a long weekend as well, but it was because Monday was a national holiday; not Thursday or Friday.

I consumed parts of 6 different turkeys cooked at least 4 different ways. It was glorious. Of course, when you’re in Argentina, you’re bound to drink a ton of wine. One of my personal favorites is the Azul Reserva blend, which is also the favorite of one of our hosts. We also brought with us to the first gringo feast a bottle of Melipal Rose, which, according to one of my friends who is also a wine expert, is one of Argentina’s finest roses.  I would like to put the accent on the “e”  right here, but I’m not using my regular laptop, so forgive me. We didn’t get to open the bottle (everyone brings wine everywhere here, so we had enough) – but I am hoping to find an occasion for it soon.

Dinners were great and it really has begun to feel like “home”  here, even though it may not really be our home after May. The friends that we’ve made here are fantastic, and there’s a real sense of community among the expats, anyway. If I couldn’t be home with my family, I still enjoyed my new “family” here in Mendoza.

Last Monday (the holiday), we went to Anna Bistro (which I’ve written about before) and drank a few bottles of Lurton’s Pinot Gris… a refreshing, light white, while having lunch with friends of ours on their outdoor patio. It was really nice.

If it’s not going to feel like the holiday season, I might as well enjoy the fact that they’re during the Spring and Summer here, right?

Bring on the whites and roses!

The gato outside my window.

My neighbor/friend and I want to murder this cat that hangs out between our apartments.
It’s actually kind of cute. But its cuteness is far overshadowed by its amazing ability to make a noise that pisses me off to the core. It’s almost a baby crying mixed with dying animals and a touch of Ke$ha.

Naturally, its favorite time to make such noise is on the weekend when I’m hungover in bed from a night out at Por Acá when I get home at 6:30am and want to sleep all day.
It also has a knack for hanging out directly outside my window and meowing/bitching right when I get home from work.

Did I mention that there’s a very similar, equally-evil cat at work that does the same exact thing every day after 5pm?

Between the cat and the birds that have some sort of obnoxious song that’s like a broken record player looping all day… I need a BB gun. Or perhaps something with a bit more firepower.