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.