So we’ve moved to Buenos Aires! To recap our previous episode (of my life): I lived in Uzbekistan and made a 39 hour door-to-door journey with BellaFella, 4 suitcases, 2 cats, and 1 dog on 3 flights through 2 intermediary countries. We spent about 5 weeks in the US (home leave), bouncing between DC, my family, his family, vacation and getting other things done. We then gathered the same 4 suitcases, 3 carry-on’s, 2 cats and 1 dog, drove 4.5 hours to JFK and flew to Buenos Aires, our new home.
Some home leave drama: Fat Cat decided she was stressed at the kennel. Or something. On the last 2 days there, she rubbed a quarter-sized leason onto her head. She did this 10 days before departure.... we picked her up the day we were supposed to take her to the vet for her international health certificate. She also had a fever. She failed. Over the next 7 days, she got every medicine the vet could throw at us to help it get better enough to get a health certificate. turns out she also stresses herself out waiting for the vet so her fever was from that, not being sick. With the help of the vet, we finally got it healed enough to get our certificate on the LAST day we could easily get it. They asked about the spot on her head when we went through the USDA-equivalent in Argentina.... I just said ‘she just rubbed on something because she was stressed’ and that was that. WHEW.
SO! Now I have a ‘new’ job, new coworkers, new place, new city and new language to contend with. Luckily, at least I know some survival Spanish and how to talk a little bit about something. We’re getting Spanish classes now at the Embassy, but it’s amazing what you pick up in everyday life. Our food vocabulary has tangentially grown due to our incessant usage of food delivery apps. Yes, I want lechuga, tomate, cebolla y pepinillos on my sub, thank you very much. I learned the words for left and right in an Uber when I kept hearing their navigation talk.... so I asked what ‘right’ was.
We still are only living out of the stuff in our suitcases and what we have ordered, 4 weeks later. It’s tough. Our stuff should start coming in over the next few weeks, but MAN, I’m ready to settle in to ‘home.’
On the animal front, everyone has been champs. Even when they annoy the ever-loving shit out of me, I have to realize that I have a dog and 2 cats that have made 5 ‘moves’ in the last 2 months. When we got to the new apartment here, they were all true to their well-adjusted life style. They were ready to explore the apartment immediately and needed no adjustment period. They miss having a yard, but they’re enjoying all the sun-lit windows in our place now. Jax is LOVING it here. There are dogs everywhere. Everyone has a dog. or 3. There is a lovely park next to our building that has a fenced area for dogs as well, though most dogs play off leash in the park.
I’ll have more in a few weeks, but for now, we’ve been to our first official wine tasting with other Embassy folks and have explored the city a smidge. It’s an exciting new adventure!