For me, the biggest event of recent years is my one-year stay in my hometown Bariloche, Argentina. From August 2017 to August 2018 I visited my paternal family there. But I was not just a visitor… I built up a real, independent life there: I had my own small house, my work, my friends, my everyday life.
Reunion with myself
As a child, at the age of 11, I had moved from Argentina to Germany and had left my so-far-life quite abruptly behind me. Well, after 23 years, I was able to pick up on this time again and rediscover many sides of myself. I would say that in my memory it was the most beautiful and happiest year of my life and that I emerged from it as a new person: with more faith in life and self-confidence and with the plenty of experiences I have gained.
I could never summarize this year in a single blog post. But maybe I can give a few impressions, without any intention of assigning them some kind of value (eg “the most important thing”):
First, there is the time with my very large family: There were many birthday parties, trips, shared barbecues (Argentine: asado), conversations and hugs. I remember my own birthday party in particular.
Building a house
Then there was my work on the construction site of my aunt. Together with two construction workers, the site manager and the architect, I helped to build a small house and learned so much about it.
Summer in the mountains
The summer in Nahuel Huapi National Park was simply indescribable. Almost every week, we went on larger trips, mountaineering, kayaking, camping or swimming at one of the many lakes.
I took guitar lessons with Martin Boschile, from the band Rola Gitana, in flamenco style. I was able to make significant progress in my play and it was also incredible fun.
Buenos Aires and Córdoba
Then I was able to get to know the cities of Buenos Aires and Córdoba and I am absolutely thrilled by them. Even though Buenos Aires is way too big in my opinion, I have been able to discover very special places there and in Córdoba, where I felt really comfortable.
But the biggest treasure I take with me are the new friendships that have given me so many new impulses and inspirations. Even if it is not easy from the distance, I try to keep in contact as good as possible. There are so many memories and indescribable moments of happiness that I will carry in my heart forever.
The conclusion is: I feel the utmost gratitude and reverence for this generous life!