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Our Top 5 Moments of Living Abroad in Argentina

July 8th, 2010 Posted in culture, day to day, lifestyle

Written by Shanie

Although there have been thousands of moments in our five years of living in Argentina that we will fondly remember forever, there are a few that sparkle more than others. Here are our top five experiences, in no particular order…

Participating in a Quinceañera: We had the pleasure of being treated to this experience twice. And no doubt about it, it is something that as a female I will never forget. It was incredibly precious to see the love and admiration that both sets of parents had for their little girl becoming a woman. In both families money was scarce, but both parties were festivals. Literally! Amazing and awe-inspiring…if I ever have a daughter, it is most definitely a party I look forward to throwing.

Meeting the Scorpions: I am still not sure how it happened, but getting to see the Scorpions in a private concert for around 50 people at the Hotel Llao Llao ranks up there as one of those true “rockstar” experiences. That we were able to shake the hands of Klaus, Rudolf and Mattias and get quick hugs was out of this world. Amazing really!

Rudolf and I

Skiing in the Big Andes: for us there are a few places that rank up there with the big, big Andes…the Chugach Mountain of Alaska and the Alps of Europe. These giant peaks that are blessed with long descents of sustained, steep pitches is just what us soul skiing adrenaline junkies yearn for.

Marine Life in Puerto Madryn: our trip to Puerto Madryn was something that was so incredibly special that I sometimes think back upon it and wonder if it really happened. The up-close-and-personal time that we had with 50-foot southern right whales, 100-strong-plus colonies of elephant seals, and the chats with grey-tailed foxes, guanacos, armadillos and other lovely creatures was breathtaking. Thanks to the animals for letting us hang out in their world for a little bit.

Road trips: definitely one of our favorite aspects of living here was having the time to do car trips and see this amazingly large country. Having the ability to stop when and where we wanted allowed us to see so many different special spots that would have been passed up if we had been locked down to a bus route. One moment that I will never forget was getting to walk with Bergen around the 1,000 year old Quilmes ruins in northern Argentina. I would have to guess by the look on the park rangers faces when they gave us permission, as well as the snorts from the llamas when they saw us walking around that Bergen was one of the few doggies to get to see the ancient landscape.

True, this is only a snippet of our experiences here, but I cherish each one so very, very much. ¡Muchisimas gracias Argentina!

  1. 7 Responses to “Our Top 5 Moments of Living Abroad in Argentina”

  2. By Patty Stone on Jul 9, 2010

    White water rafting at midnight under a full moon was tops on my list. Cruising the sides of the river with the willows brushing against us as the moon shone on the water is an experience you’d be hard pressed to find in the US. “Adelante Soldados!” much love to you for enriching our lives!

  3. By Patagonia on Jul 9, 2010

    “¡¡¡¡¡Patricia!!!!!”

    You guys enrich our lives as well (:

    Another beautiful memory never to be forgotten. Thank you for experiencing this with us.

  4. By Patagonia on Jul 9, 2010

    ¡Gracias por las palabras lindas hermana!

    ¡Nos vemos en Octubre!

    Abrazo fuerte, Jamie

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