La Reina de la Playa

Las Heras Anoche II, Buenos Aires, Haley Houseman, Argentina

My time is Prague has been all running and no pauses; even the pauses have been full.

Giving myself a chance to slow down during this most unholy of all times, midterms, has been a welcome relief.  I bought new toothpaste and soap.   I learned to make halusky.  I sorted through a enormous backlog of reading I’d been putting off, and stumbled across my Google Reader (RIP) feed for Buenos Aires.

And even though the sun is setting is fire-y array over Prague and I am in the comfort of a wonderful place I love, I have to say it.

Te extraño, Buenos Aires.  Te extraño mucho, en todo: el arte del calle, el sol, las empandas y hielo en la tarde.  Café and mate en el Bosque.  La madrugada antes de dormir en el fin de semana. 

I miss it all, and more besides-  I really do love BsAs.  I loved the slowness of time and feeling of being on the edge of the world.  Mostly I loved the potential to be a part of it all, by virtue of the welcome of people and an ease with the language.  Speaking the language of the country in which you reside changes everything.

For all the wonder of this semester, last semester I was scaling Machu Picchu, finding the best of friends and encouraged down roads that were entirely new to me, and entirely open.  The months were louder and longer and wider.  I find myself looking over the horizon to New York, and Prague feels like a working layover more than an exploration.  Spring Break is coming, and I’ll have some time alone with Prague-  I’m looking forward to it.

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2 thoughts on “La Reina de la Playa

  1. Ohhhhh, do I hear you! I have the enormous fortune to be in Buenos Aires right now, for only another week. I am not a city person — I hate noise, commotion, crowds, and broken sidewalks. Yet I fell in love with Bs As 4 years ago, and I can’t stand to be away for more than a year at a time. I just returned to my B & B after an afternoon in Tigre, an evening at a political talk at the Hotel Bauen, and a night strolling Corrientes, where I discovered 2 blocks closed and the independent publishers’ street fair happening. I didn’t feel like eating dinner, so I had a dulce de leche/ chocolate amargo gelato cone, sitting at a table on the sidewalk at 10:30 p.m. As I crossed Avenida de 9 de julio, I found a man taking donations to look at the moon through his 3 telescopes. Of course there are tens of thousands of people in the streets at this hour.

    I know I couldn’t live here permanently, but oh, do I need to visit! Helado, and food for the soul. I hope you have a great time in Prague, and get back here as soon as you can. And you’re right — the ease with the language helps everything. I’m not fluent, but I can hold a decent conversation, and it’s just wonderful to be able to chat and to make people smile and laugh.

    Time to go sing some corny tango songs…

    • Enjoy the city for me! I recommend the park next to the la Biblioteca Nacional, behind las Heras- its a beautiful place for mate and cigarettes and just lounging :].

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