Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sweet Sorrow (Ken)

The Farewell Tour continues.

Tonight we met friends at Antares in Palermo Viejo for drinks. It is the last time we will see Tom and Maya. They were very helpful our first week here. We met for coffee and they gave us our first few hints at living here. And, of course, Alan was there. This trip would have been very different if we had never found his blog last summer—almost a year ago. Perry and Holly and Kiki . . . all of whom we met first by reading their blogs or BAexpats and then met in person.

We have a tendency to keep our “virtual” and personal lives separate in the day of the Internet. I am exceedingly happy that we were able to have both a virtual and personal relationship with so these friends.

Last night, we went to the home of Ana and Carlos. Ana, from whom we rented our apartment, has been a great friend and a great help to us. We finally met her husband, Carlos. He took me to play a short round of golf and then cooked us a fabulous dinner. Their friend, Sophia, also joined us. It was a very relaxing evening because they can all speak English very well.

Carlos is an amazing man who has lived a fascinating life. I would have liked to have spent more time with him, but I am grateful to have spent even a few hours. From politics to parrillas, and from nationalism to the supernatural, we covered a lot of ground.

It is difficult to say goodbye. But it is even better to take the time to do so.

One last thing.
My friend Charlie told me that the moon waxes and wanes in the opposite direction in the North and South Hemispheres. I took this picture last night. Those of you in North America—click to enlarge it, see what direction the terminator line is, go outside and compare it to yours.


Chas said...

The way I always phrase it is that the moon is "upside-down" in the southern hemisphere. People consider this ludicrous. When I was dating Ruth, she had occasion to be in a teleconference with a bunch of Australians. She said, "Hey, is the moon upside-down in Australia?" She told me the whole room exploded with laughter for about five minutes.

So I'm glad you took that picture, K-Dawgg. In your FACE, Northern Hemisphere Skeptics!

By the way, for some reason it didn't seem all that strange to see your summery pictures when you first got to BA in January. But now that it's springtime here, it seems really odd to see the leaves turning colors down there. (Pretty goofy coming from a guy who knew the moon would be upside-down, huh?)

emilyeffinconrad said...

that's really neat, 'cos our moon WAS the opposite last night. I remember 'cos I stared at it for about a half hour thinking about how gorgeous it looked.

Alan Patrick said...

Hi Ken,

Thanks for last night - it's been a pleasure knowing you and Helen during your time in Buenos Aires. And to think we know each other all because of a comment on my blog almost a year ago asking about (I think) the beer in Buenos Aires. Or maybe it was the Hipodromo.

Anyway, enjoy your last few days in Buenos Aires, and have a safe journey back.



PS - That's pretty cool about the moon. Never would have thought of that...

Frank.Sugar&Spice said...

Ken and Helen,

It was fun finally meeting you last night. Thank you for inviting me. I wish you the best on your trip back home. Hopefully your once a year trip back to Argentina pans out and I get to see you two again.

Saludos y abrazos,

miss tango in her eyes said...

Thanks for inviting us to your lovely party! It´s been a pleasure meeting you and your wife and reading all your Argentine Adventures!

Un Beso,
Miss T and Beto