Hola a todos!
I was rather hoping to follow up my rapturous blog on the Tango with a near-equally gushing post concerning events this weekend, when I had a fabulous time walking around Puerto Madero, the ecological reserve and Recoleta, resulting in one very happy but incredibly drained David, some amazing scenes and some not-so-amazing photographs – perhaps I shall get to it later, if my fingers hold up better than my legs.
No, this post – hopefully somewhat shorter than the previous entry – is aimed at all of you, my wonderful family and friends, and at the beautiful comments some of you have been leaving thus-far on my message board. I am convinced that more of you will follow; time is ever-elusive ;) I shall also – though here I am less convinced – try to refrain from getting gushy at this point, not least because I am currently sat in a public place, surrounded by utter strangers – I have a stiff British image to uphold after all.
I shall confess and I am sure it surprises no one that as the departure date for my trip drew ever-nearer, I became not so much increasingly delighted as desperate. Paranoia, on every subject and particularly malaria, set in, crowded and jostled by a whole host of other maledictory feelings involving inadequacy, severely premature home, family and friend-sickness and downright terror. After all, I am not exactly celebrated for my commonsensical values… Anyway, suffice to say that such an undertaking as this would have been neigh-on impossible without the love, support and inspiration of all of you. Everyone, no matter how much, no matter how little, has shaped, formed, motivated and guided me to my current self and situation. You are my strength and my faith. This I have always known but rarely articulated (to some of you – fortunate – people at least) and now that I am travelling, such becomes not only ever-more patently obvious but, also more easily stated – after all, I am thousands of miles away, on a different continent, in a different hemisphere :) I am certainly loving my time travelling thus-far but, I also love logging on to my blog, or my e-mail, and finding such treats as heartening, jovial, downright belly-laugh-inducing reports from you. Such keeps me sane and keeps me motivated. Oh yes, a replenished intake of vegetables and fruit has also contributed enormously ;)
So, some responses are perhaps now in order. Tony – or Big Tone as I affectionately refer to you – yes, your breakfast suggestions sound tempting and delicious. I am sure that you have only my very best interests at heart in elucidating such a veritable treasure trove of goodies. Rest assured that I am doing my utmost to match your list with my own “Latin-tinged” collection. Failing this, should I ever make it back home alive, I shall be sure to wrangle an invite to your welcoming abode to partake of some such treats as full English, pastries et al. I share your disappointment in the lack of Crufts action this year and sympathize with your obvious discontentment. Come to BA, where tricks the Crufts mob would not dare to even dream about can be viewed, enacted before one’s very eyes on the streets of downtown – the best bit; these tasteful/less shows are free!
The lack of lady-talk is not intentional, although the effort to keep all things “to myself” surely is, whatever such things may be. British charm, an altogether unknown phenomenon wherever I am concerned, has so-far – surprisingly – failed to deliver even a substantial breakfast, anywhere in BA, let alone led to any more inviting encounters of a “cultural” kind.
Tez and Helen – I am alarmed and apologetic to see that my verbose yet, ultimately, utterly ridiculous style has rubbed off upon your unfortunate selves. I feel that no amount of apologizing will settle this score but, perhaps being lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare spotted/tanned David in his – current – natural habitat can contribute as well? Also, I have tried to include a little more waffle of architectural value – good?
Cam and Emma; thank you so much for posting and thereby – perhaps – reassuring my family and family-friends that you DO exist, that I am capable of forming meaningful relationships with “normal” peers. Do please encourage your fellows to do likewise, for similar reasons. I am glad to read – and see via Facebook – that you are enjoying yourself as ever Cam, good work. I am reassured that not even you seem taken by Luciana and that my cakes are to your liking. Emma, I hope that you liked the reference :)
Anyway, now I really must dash: I have an important meeting with a regional television chief; I am not sure that we fully understand each other yet but, my bid for a pilot series of “One Gaucho and his Bolas” certainly seems to have hit the right notes. I am also going to take a quick look at legal copyright laws where shoddy message board posts across the internet are concerned.
Love, hugs and kisses from an ever-thankful traveller,