I’m a Sissy for My Friends

 

Right Now

It’s 3:30am Friday morning and I’m still procrastinating.

But this is Buenos Aires, and 3:30am is nothing. 3:30am is for sissies and I’m no sissy.

Seeing as how I’m leaving Buenos Aires this weekend — leaving all my new friends behind and setting out by bus to god-knows-where in the Argentinean countryside — I’m having trouble focusing on getting this post done.

I may be a sissy.

After a short burst of sleep, I’ll be waking up early to meet with a friend of mine so that we can tidy up some business and say our goodbyes. Then I’m having lunch with another friend who I haven’t seen in days before meeting up with another friend for tea and medialunas. Then I’ll hop across town to join a group of friends for dinner, and later I’ll likely be going to a club with another group of friends.

Saturday? I’ll be checking out of my apartment just in time to head over to watch a Boca fútbol match with yet another friend. I need to fit a get-together with one of my besties in there somewhere, along with a quick wine tasting with a good porteńo friend of mine, Carlos.

A Pleasant Problem

My main problem at the moment is that I have a lot of good friends that I’m really going to miss in Buenos Aires.

I only have a few days left and my head is spinning trying to finagle my calendar into a workable model, keeping in mind that schedules are fluid here and meals tend to take hours to finish.

This is, of course, a silly thing to complain about — you can never have enough good friends or super powers, I always say — but I find that having so many lovely people around to visit with is making me want to stay past my self-imposed deadline, which is really testing my will power.

Then again, I KNOW that I will leave by Sunday. There’s no question about that. Using a twisted kind of Utilitarian philosophy I remind myself that the best thing for everyone is for me to move on: we will all stay in touch and continue to grow in different directions, making our subsequent meetings all the more wonderful.

The Plan

My travel plans have changed a tad since the last time I wrote about them.

I’m leaving Buenos Aires Sunday, the 6th of December and by January 26, I need to be up in Bogota, Colombia to catch a flight that will take me to Florida and Los Angeles for a few days apiece, followed by Australia for a few weeks, and then finally New Zealand (where you folks voted for me to go!) where I will live for 4 months.

In the interim, I’ll be heading over to Uruguay to renew my Argentinean visa, then to Cordoba to meet with a friend from LA. We’ll head up to Salta and then part ways, at which point I’ll hop from bus to bus until I reach the very bottom of the country.

I’ll likely spend Christmas in Tierra del Fuego, then hustle back up to Buenos Aires for New Year’s, which will give me a week to spend in the Northern part of the country before making my way through Brazil (where I may meet up with a few BA friends) up to Colombia, where I’ll take a few days to look around before catching my flight.

This is, of course, all speculation and will very likely change as I travel. The distances in Argentina can be very deceptive (I’m told) and the country is quite vast, so I’ll likely have to recalibrate as I move around.

Just know that I’ll be moving from city to city, town to town, for the next 2 months (more or less) and that from what I hear, Buenos Aires is not a great representation of the rest of the country.

I’m intrigued.

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Good night!

Photo by my friend Kara Bieber!

45 comments

  1. Buen viaje Colin! Was nice to meet you here. BA is a really, really hard place to drag yourself away from. I did it reluctantly many times before making a more longterm move. You can always come back though and these days it’s so easy to keep in touch with people – and maybe meet up somewhere completely different? I look forward to reading about your next step. New Zealand will be amazing – no doubt about it. All the best, Vicky

  2. Buen viaje Colin! Was nice to meet you here. BA is a really, really hard place to drag yourself away from. I did it reluctantly many times before making a more longterm move. You can always come back though and these days it’s so easy to keep in touch with people – and maybe meet up somewhere completely different? I look forward to reading about your next step. New Zealand will be amazing – no doubt about it. All the best, Vicky

  3. Sounds like the entrance to a new adventure, I’m eager to read how did you do in Buenos Aires.

    Now, about your friends, it’s really a normal thing to miss them. But remember that they will not stop being your friends! You can surprise them with a handwritten letter from time to time, you would be amazed by the feeling of a normal letter in this e-nail ridden society.

    Anyway. The best of lucks on your new adventure!

  4. Sounds like the entrance to a new adventure, I’m eager to read how did you do in Buenos Aires.

    Now, about your friends, it’s really a normal thing to miss them. But remember that they will not stop being your friends! You can surprise them with a handwritten letter from time to time, you would be amazed by the feeling of a normal letter in this e-nail ridden society.

    Anyway. The best of lucks on your new adventure!

  5. Sounds like the entrance to a new adventure, I’m eager to read how did you do in Buenos Aires.

    Now, about your friends, it’s really a normal thing to miss them. But remember that they will not stop being your friends! You can surprise them with a handwritten letter from time to time, you would be amazed by the feeling of a normal letter in this e-nail ridden society.

    Anyway. The best of lucks on your new adventure!

  6. This upcoming trip sounds like a great way to close 2009 and enter 2010! Be sure to reserve some days for Bogotá; as long as it doesn’t rain it’s a nice city with lots of things to do!

  7. This upcoming trip sounds like a great way to close 2009 and enter 2010! Be sure to reserve some days for Bogotá; as long as it doesn’t rain it’s a nice city with lots of things to do!

  8. 1) Can’t wait to read about New Zealand

    2) I spent the earlier part of the year living in Chile, and have a dear Irishman friend, one of the most down-to-earth, hysterical guys, who is still living in Tierra del Fuego. I’d be happy to pass along his contact information if you’re interested.

  9. 1) Can’t wait to read about New Zealand

    2) I spent the earlier part of the year living in Chile, and have a dear Irishman friend, one of the most down-to-earth, hysterical guys, who is still living in Tierra del Fuego. I’d be happy to pass along his contact information if you’re interested.

  10. Sounds awesome! Definitely check out Ushuaia, it has the most incredible mountains I’ve ever seen. Completely epic. El Calafate (near Fitz Roy)is nice too, though a bit touristy.

    If you get the chance, you might also check out Iguazú, it is the definition of beauty.

    Enjoy the people! Enjoy the wine! Enjoy the incredible nature!

  11. Sounds awesome! Definitely check out Ushuaia, it has the most incredible mountains I’ve ever seen. Completely epic. El Calafate (near Fitz Roy)is nice too, though a bit touristy.

    If you get the chance, you might also check out Iguazú, it is the definition of beauty.

    Enjoy the people! Enjoy the wine! Enjoy the incredible nature!

  12. Sounds awesome! Definitely check out Ushuaia, it has the most incredible mountains I’ve ever seen. Completely epic. El Calafate (near Fitz Roy)is nice too, though a bit touristy.

    If you get the chance, you might also check out Iguazú, it is the definition of beauty.

    Enjoy the people! Enjoy the wine! Enjoy the incredible nature!

  13. You have helped me in so many ways, I’ll be grateful forever.

    What? This what bromances say to each other, right?

    Let’s talk soon to figure out when we are getting together.

    You will be very missed.

    Best of luck in your next trip, my friend!

  14. You have helped me in so many ways, I’ll be grateful forever.

    What? This what bromances say to each other, right?

    Let’s talk soon to figure out when we are getting together.

    You will be very missed.

    Best of luck in your next trip, my friend!

  15. You have helped me in so many ways, I’ll be grateful forever.

    What? This what bromances say to each other, right?

    Let’s talk soon to figure out when we are getting together.

    You will be very missed.

    Best of luck in your next trip, my friend!

  16. And off he goes! Woohoo! How super exciting to be back on the road. I better hear from you, yo. I’m living vicariously through you until I can jump outta here again. …i…need…my…fix… :)

  17. And off he goes! Woohoo! How super exciting to be back on the road. I better hear from you, yo. I’m living vicariously through you until I can jump outta here again. …i…need…my…fix… :)

  18. And off he goes! Woohoo! How super exciting to be back on the road. I better hear from you, yo. I’m living vicariously through you until I can jump outta here again. …i…need…my…fix… :)

  19. I read this email and I had to pause about half way through just to take a breath! You continue to surprise me with your unlimited supply of energy coupled with your ability to function with basically no sleep at all! Glad to know things are going well…..

  20. I read this email and I had to pause about half way through just to take a breath! You continue to surprise me with your unlimited supply of energy coupled with your ability to function with basically no sleep at all! Glad to know things are going well…..

  21. I read this email and I had to pause about half way through just to take a breath! You continue to surprise me with your unlimited supply of energy coupled with your ability to function with basically no sleep at all! Glad to know things are going well…..

  22. Hi Colin,

    I love travel stories and it is inspiring to see how one can live such a fun lifestyle. I’m looking forward to your next destination. :)

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  23. Hi Colin,

    I love travel stories and it is inspiring to see how one can live such a fun lifestyle. I’m looking forward to your next destination. :)

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  24. Hi Colin,

    I love travel stories and it is inspiring to see how one can live such a fun lifestyle. I’m looking forward to your next destination. :)

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  25. @Oscar: Thank you sir!

    @Vicky: Great meeting you, too! I was surprised by how hard it is to leave, but it must be done. And it’s true that there are no real goodbyes anymore, so long as we have the Internet and mobility. See you somewhere sometime in the future!

    @Nate: Thanks! Sending it out early next week, most likely!

    @Alejandro: That’s a very good point to remember, Alejandro, and a good suggestion as well!

    @Fabian: Good to know! I’ve heard very good things about the city, so I’ll be sure to check it out!

    @Ash: 1) Yay! New Zealand! 2) That would be great! Send the info along, I’d love to meet him! Thanks!

    @Liz: Thanks, Liz! I’ll take in as much of it as possible! Definitely plan on seeing the Falls.

    @Carlos: Aww, shucks, glad to help where I can, buddy :) You’re helping me out too, of course, what with the constant stream of inspiration, as well as more tangible efforts (I’m writing this from the computer in your house where you’re letting me stay because of the boat issues today…much appreciated!)

    @Kristin: Weeee! I’ll try to keep things interesting, for your sake ;)

    @molly: Thanks Mom! We’ll have to have a Skype update soon!

    @Jonny: Hope you’re enjoying the hell out of your last bits in Thailand. Loved all the photos, by the way!

    @Vincent: Thanks Vincent! Glad to have you around :)

  26. @Oscar: Thank you sir!

    @Vicky: Great meeting you, too! I was surprised by how hard it is to leave, but it must be done. And it’s true that there are no real goodbyes anymore, so long as we have the Internet and mobility. See you somewhere sometime in the future!

    @Nate: Thanks! Sending it out early next week, most likely!

    @Alejandro: That’s a very good point to remember, Alejandro, and a good suggestion as well!

    @Fabian: Good to know! I’ve heard very good things about the city, so I’ll be sure to check it out!

    @Ash: 1) Yay! New Zealand! 2) That would be great! Send the info along, I’d love to meet him! Thanks!

    @Liz: Thanks, Liz! I’ll take in as much of it as possible! Definitely plan on seeing the Falls.

    @Carlos: Aww, shucks, glad to help where I can, buddy :) You’re helping me out too, of course, what with the constant stream of inspiration, as well as more tangible efforts (I’m writing this from the computer in your house where you’re letting me stay because of the boat issues today…much appreciated!)

    @Kristin: Weeee! I’ll try to keep things interesting, for your sake ;)

    @molly: Thanks Mom! We’ll have to have a Skype update soon!

    @Jonny: Hope you’re enjoying the hell out of your last bits in Thailand. Loved all the photos, by the way!

    @Vincent: Thanks Vincent! Glad to have you around :)

  27. @Oscar: Thank you sir!

    @Vicky: Great meeting you, too! I was surprised by how hard it is to leave, but it must be done. And it’s true that there are no real goodbyes anymore, so long as we have the Internet and mobility. See you somewhere sometime in the future!

    @Nate: Thanks! Sending it out early next week, most likely!

    @Alejandro: That’s a very good point to remember, Alejandro, and a good suggestion as well!

    @Fabian: Good to know! I’ve heard very good things about the city, so I’ll be sure to check it out!

    @Ash: 1) Yay! New Zealand! 2) That would be great! Send the info along, I’d love to meet him! Thanks!

    @Liz: Thanks, Liz! I’ll take in as much of it as possible! Definitely plan on seeing the Falls.

    @Carlos: Aww, shucks, glad to help where I can, buddy :) You’re helping me out too, of course, what with the constant stream of inspiration, as well as more tangible efforts (I’m writing this from the computer in your house where you’re letting me stay because of the boat issues today…much appreciated!)

    @Kristin: Weeee! I’ll try to keep things interesting, for your sake ;)

    @molly: Thanks Mom! We’ll have to have a Skype update soon!

    @Jonny: Hope you’re enjoying the hell out of your last bits in Thailand. Loved all the photos, by the way!

    @Vincent: Thanks Vincent! Glad to have you around :)

  28. Good friends, a laid-back atmosphere, and long dinners are a difficult challenge for the digital nomad! Especially here in Bangkok, where all three are abundant!

  29. Good friends, a laid-back atmosphere, and long dinners are a difficult challenge for the digital nomad! Especially here in Bangkok, where all three are abundant!

  30. Good friends, a laid-back atmosphere, and long dinners are a difficult challenge for the digital nomad! Especially here in Bangkok, where all three are abundant!

  31. Man, I never get sick of listening to your travel stories! Pretty incredible how you can meet so many good friends in only a matter of weeks.

    However, I think it is awesome that you are making such an effort to see other parts of the region during your 4 month (ish)time in each place. (I am pretty jealous about Tierra del Fuego). Be sure not to miss Iguazu if you have the opportunity!

  32. Man, I never get sick of listening to your travel stories! Pretty incredible how you can meet so many good friends in only a matter of weeks.

    However, I think it is awesome that you are making such an effort to see other parts of the region during your 4 month (ish)time in each place. (I am pretty jealous about Tierra del Fuego). Be sure not to miss Iguazu if you have the opportunity!

  33. Man, I never get sick of listening to your travel stories! Pretty incredible how you can meet so many good friends in only a matter of weeks.

    However, I think it is awesome that you are making such an effort to see other parts of the region during your 4 month (ish)time in each place. (I am pretty jealous about Tierra del Fuego). Be sure not to miss Iguazu if you have the opportunity!

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