I have been happily ensconced in Patagonia now for a week. It has been lovely. We have had hot weather for so early in the season, but beautiful nonetheless, hot days and cool nights. Perfect for swimming and sleeping. There has been the usual chaos around the holidays in combination with setting up the house after an absence of nine months. But it has been really quiet nice and relaxing and couldn’t be more different than our life in Buenos Aires.
In the last week we have all fallen into a lazy routine of late rising, casual and meandering breakfasts, swimming to stay cool, quiet time spent reading and sleeping in the afternoon while the sun is at its hottest, dinner and playing outside when the temperature and breeze make it the most delightful time of the day until the sun retires at about 10:00 pm. And then there is the most amazing night sky. We are in the middle of the Milky Way surrounded by stars and nebulas we have only seen here.
The only hassle is my daily expedition to the pueblo to buy groceries. I have never been a good meal planner, someone who buys a weeks worth of groceries and executed a carefully planned schedule of meals. I really must work on being more efficient about this , it most often interrupts my siesta or book reading times. We have also had some infrastructure problems with lack of water, and when we have had water, lack of hot water. Nothing 6 or 7 more visits from every plumber in the vicinity cant fix. Plumbing, I realize is more of an art than a science. Plumbers seem to have distinct philosophies and as a result we have had various diagnosis with different courses of treatment suggested. At this time none that have alleviated our problems.
I think we have all experienced a bit of detox. Not only from the business of our lives; GM and I with our commercial projects and the kids with school. But we have also experienced withdrawal from our electronics. Obviously, I have internet access (dial-up modem in town beaming its impossibly slow connection to an antenna on our roof 6 km away) and of course we have electricity. Well actually, we have not had it on a regular basis due to a high tension wire blowing up 20kms down the ruta and causing intermittent electrical service. Normally we have our cell phones, a bad internet connection and a television equipped to play DVD’s and video games. Even with those things all in place, we don’t use them the same way, there isn’t the regularity, the urgency or the desire to use them to the point of needing them to function.
What I need to function while I am here is lots of books, suntan lotion, hat and sunglasses, a daily visit to the grocery store, a good cup of coffee (I got a Nespresso machine from Santa, excellente!) and some hot water would be nice.