This entry has been sitting around and I hadn’t posted yet b/c I did’t have photos ready. I will get some up, I promise.
Every few hours or so Hunter will hear something and say “what’s that noise.” “That’s the trash man, Hunter. Those are the dogs barking in the street, Hunter. That is a siren, Hunter.” It has become kind of a joke. Anytime that either Tam or I hear something, even if we know what it is, we say “what’s that noise?” He didn’t ask this question as much when we were at home in Newport. My thoughts are that he is just reacting to everything being slightly different. He can’t articulate what exactly is different, so I will try for him.
Siesta. The single most different thing to adjust to, by far. Everyday the entire town shuts down from about 1pm to 5pm. You want to go buy chicken for dinner, too bad. Wait until 5pm. You want to go buy tongs for the kitchen, too bad. Wait until 5pm. You get the point. Siesta isn’t something observed by most people. It is observed by everyone. It completely blows Tam and I away. We are in one of the busiest ski towns in Argentina during the single busiest week of the entire year (last week) and you can’t even go buy new gloves for 4 hours during the middle of the day. Imagine that in the US. We have heard that it is government mandated, but I am not buying it. It is conspiracy against us.
The pace of life. Coffee shops don’t open until 9am. All the stores are closed on Sunday. No one shows up to ski until noon, even on a powder day. Skiers/snowboarders, read that again. If there are 2 feet of powder and you are at the lift at 9am, you will be the only one in line…truth be told, we have only heard this one so far but everyone says it is true. We need a powder day! For Tam and I, I think this is the best thing in the world. At home, we never stop. This is forcing us to slow down. I don’t want to speak for my wife here, so I will speak for myself. I need to slow down and, even just four weeks in, this lifestyle is helping me do so.
The size of everything. Everything is smaller here. This is from the cars and houses down to the more trivial items such as the washing machine and the trash cans. This has been evident to me in my travels previously but there is something about having two kids in tow that really makes it stick out. Box of cereal, gone in two breakfasts. Loaf of bread, two lunches, etc, etc. We laugh how people would freak out if they saw a Super Walmart or a Costco.
Beer and wine are cheap, everything else, not so much. This works well for my wife and I.
Beyond some of the differences here are the other pieces of big news:
- We got the 2006 Honda CRV and couldn’t be happier…you would think that I was 16 years old again. We feel like the ability to move freely has opened up a lot of doors.
- We found a school for the kids. This wasn’t an easy process. We went to 5 schools and in the end, we found one that we really like. It is from jardin (essentially daycare) through high school. The staff is great and the facilities are perfect. Tam and I were mostly concerned with the safety of the facility and that seems good. Ads was in school 2 days a week last year but this will be Hunter’s first experience with school. They will both go from 8:30am to 12:45pm, five days a week and start on Monday.
- The lease is signed for the long term house and it looks like we are going to be on that TV show House Hunters International. We move in September 1st and really want visitors! Should be interesting…
Not much else to report for now.