Because: Granted this is based off only about three years in Buenos Aires, but the art of the asado (Argentine barbecue) seems to me to still be very much beloved and closely followed. I am going to employ the characteristic Argentine enthused passion and say: The asado is family, friends and life in Argentina!
What does it mean to be a Buenos Aires “expat”? (Tumblr is not letting me link correctly, so here: http://thebubble.com.ar/2013/05/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-buenos-aires-expat/)
Because: The Bubble Argentina launched (www.thebubble.com.ar), and it’s where you should go for all your Argentina news — with a grain of salt.
I’m part of the team and will be writing a column/blog under the title Culture Shock Therapy and the first link above is my debut post. I have decided to start putting myself out there more in terms of challenging myself to publish more essays and personal narratives. I hope to avoid too much ombligo (navel) gazing, but you don’t know until you try, right?
At the prodding of some friends I have finally started collecting my published work in one spot, on one page.
Here it is: http://goodairs.tumblr.com/writes
It is almost but not everything ever, and there is more to come as I keep digging up past links and (ideally) churning out new ones.
Because: Since learning truths outside of the simplified elementary school education on conquest and discovery we get in the US, I’ve found it unsettling to commemorate holidays such as Columbus Day, and even more so when people in Latin America do so. Florida was a big part of all that Spanish vs. native battling and bloodshed, which I also often forget. The Sunshine State after all might be the most fitting representation we have of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the American Dream.
Because: One of my favorite sub-genres on this blog, which developed organically, is blogging articles related to inspirational things my friends are doing. Here are two of the latest, which both happen to be thanks to Forbes:
Accelerating Film: Mixing Business and Art
(Michelle Soffen, you rock.)
Moneyball For Music: The Rise of Next Big Sound
(Alex White, you rock.)
Because: I am very fortunate to have some pretty lucky flight benefits for the coming year, but the catch is that I always have to fly standby. It’s an interesting change that has somehow made me more calm about travel than before, when I was a fully ticketed passenger. I am not sure how that works, but it was flexibility I needed to adopt anyway.
I spent Wednesday night in Houston airport, unfortunately able to grab a seat on the flight I wanted to take back to Buenos Aires. Not even all paying passengers could get on, so I wasn’t going to wallow about my situation. That said, I had about six overnight hours until I could get out of there. Too short to leave and go too far, too long to just… sit there alone trying to keep my head from bobbing in a desolate airport. These suites are genius and exactly what I needed.