Posts tagged "Argentina"
The Art Of Boredom: Take A Bus

The Art Of Boredom: Take A Bus

The appeal of long-distance bus travel: you sit and stare, listen to some music and become increasingly bored with your idle state of nothingness. There are articles promoting the art of boredom and if you’ve been wondering how to practice it I suggest you take the bus. There is something oddly satisfactory in being bored...
Argentinean marmalade

Argentinean marmalade

I read somewhere that memory is like a basket of fruit: adding new fruits will squash those at the bottom. I want to preserve the freshly picked fruits of my travels and suppose writing is like making marmalade – condensing the sweetness to something that will last. I will remember Argentina as a land of...
Sing not only when you're winning

Sing not only when you’re winning

I love to sing. Usually it happens unconsciously, my voice will start a song regardless of where I am or whether I know the lyrics.. (much to the discontent of my company that has to listen to the few same lines over and over again). Unfortunately something is the matter: as soon as singing becomes...
Falling waters

Falling waters

Human beings are a judgemental species, we love to rank and grade. When backpackers talk to eachother about the world famous and much visited Iguazu falls they ask “which side is better, the Brazilian or the Argentinian?”. Now, we didn’t know that these waterfalls were a matter of better or best, but we did know...
Leaving Buenos Aires

Leaving Buenos Aires

Crickets are chirping, birds screeching, the nextdoor neighbour is mowing his lawn. These are the sounds of peace and quiet and my, have I longed for those. There are about sixteen sandy streets here, on which every now and then a car drives past. Mostly there are animals: dogs, birds, cows, horses. Last night we...
Lucky charms

Lucky charms

Schiphol airport. The man sitting next to me is intently staring at the three flight attendants having a discussion at the gate desk, as if to will them with his eyes to call for boarding. Our flight is due to leave in 15 minutes, yet we’re still sitting at the gate. At last the flight...