10. 360-degree horizon
Living on the Pampa gives me an incredible panorama of the entire horizon, all 360 degrees! I thought the plains would be...well, plain. ...but this enormous expanse of sky and earth is exhilharating, transcendental. Memorable moment: stopping on the Rosario-Victoria bridge one night to gaze at the sprinkling of stars that reached all the way to the waters of the midnight black waters of the Parana.
9. Chile is next door.
8. Uruguay is next door.
7. Lots of friends under 30.
They like practicing English and sharing their dreams. It's nice not being seen as irrelevant by folks half my age--they keep me young.
I never have to defend being a political liberal. I sleep well knowing a conservative Republican will never be President. More pluses: No Fox “News.” No Rush Limbaugh. And yes, a woman President.
5. Buenos Aires and Rosario. When I need civilization, there it is. Museums. Restaurants. Plazas. San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo in BA, the costanera and peatonal in Rosario. More bookstores, cafes, and candy shops per block than in any US city.
4. Great climate. Sunny days the norm, with a wide-open azure sky. The palo borracho and other flowering trees. Months of pool weather and gardens. Orchids. Glaciers and Andes snow available year-round if desired.
3. Slow food, good food. Savoring good food and wine. Attentive waiters. No eating at desks. Long Sunday dinners. Our own strawberries and blueberries!
2. Social climate. The pervasive warmth and friendliness. The genuine interest folks have in other folks. Lingering over meals or mate for conversations. Talk (not shop) 'til you drop. Little interest in keeping up with the Garcias.
1. My dearly beloved. The world’s greatest smile & it is meant for me. A husband who keeps me at number 1 on his list! My very own walking encyclopedia. And this is his country.