26-27 Oct, Life in Buenos Aires
I slept in, got dressed and decided to head towards a large park near the city. The park is basically nature reclaiming its space as the government forgot to develop it. So as I came to the park I could see the nature leading up to the skyscrapers, it was nice to see.
I had a great walk for a few hours and headed back to the apartment. I bought some eggplant, rice and yoghurt. Erica and Jorge were inviting people over and they said they will come around 9.30pm. So later on in the evening I made the eggplant.
The couple that came were very nice and it was interesting listening to them all speaking Spanish. I was thinking about the universals of human beings. What makes people become friends and what it is that they agree with one another to form that friendship. It has been a long time for me since I’ve been in partnership. In some ways I miss it in other ways I don’t want the complications and distractions. Relationships can bring a lot of challenges people are still learning and may have issues. One of the couples found each other through the internet and apparently only lived 5 blocks away from each other, but when they really connected one partner was in Washington. It was nice to share food but my mind did wonder about those who do not have food. That is me.
I found as I walked today I was reflecting on how within my inner self I find it hard to accept poverty, it just never feels right. Even though I accept we have a range of lives and there is experience in every life and there are reasons for it. I still find that if a person is not experiencing equality I find that I don’t feel comfortable. I always feel good when everyone has an equal opportunity.
I enjoyed the dinner party it has been a while since I have experienced it. I talked a little about my belief that people are good in the majority. I really don’t see many if any that I would call bad. There is ignorance and those who are in pain, they tend to project it. I found through my travels always I’ve been helped.
It was a good night and I let the people speak in Spanish so they could have a good conversation. I didn’t want them to have to speak in English, so I just did a bit of computer work.
Eventually went to bed but found my cold got quite vicious overnight. I couldn’t stop and the unfortunately part is that this unit is open plan so I am sure I awoke my hosts. I found that a bit stressful trying to keep quiet. I definitely need rest but find it hard to find a place where I can really rest. I am mostly in people’s homes and have found my sleeping not that great. Anyway, it is the way it is.
The following day I got up as I knew I couldn’t sleep. Erica kindly showed me places to go on my travels and how to book online which was helpful. We discussed my time here and Erica pointed out that they offered 2-3 days. I understood this as it is open plan. I was feeling a bit sick and tired but I am open to going to another place. I do have a host available fortunately so I can just go there. I will try and rest.
I left the unit and walked all the way down to the Retiro bus terminal. I got my ticket to Bariloche in Patagonia. Apparently it is a very beautiful place.
I was a bit down today as I am reflecting on an incident that happened in Australia of stonewalling. Sometimes I feel so tired and look forward to the future when my issue with this is gone. I wish to restart my life when I return to Australia and to find a place that I can call home. I am keen for a fresh start. I am very keen on studying the environment as it is remarkable and I wish to learn from nature.
So now I am just waiting for my friends to come back and then I will head to my new hosts Paula and Javier. So looking forward to meeting me.
The couch surfing is wonderful and always a relief to have a place to go. I find without the language I do have more challenges in communication however, I seem to find my way which is great.