Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 36: Argentina
This morning we had an early wake up call. We were headed to our next home for a couple of nights. We called our Uber and they brought us to the tiny airport near our apartment. The airport is so small they don't even call it an airport. They call it an aeropark. We should have known that is was going to be an experience from the moment our driver dropped us off. He dropped us off at the wrong terminal, so we lugged our many bags over to the next terminal only to find a line for our airline around the building. We were assured by the lady directing the line that we would not miss our flight and to stay in the line. When we finally made it to the front of the line we were told we needed to pay for our additional bag. No problem, however we had to go to the cashier to do that. The line at the cashier moved even slower and our flight was literally taking off in 15 minutes. We decided I would go and see if I could hold the plane. I made it there with minutes to spare and enrolled the lady at the gate to hold plane a couple of minutes while Brian went through security. They literally closed the hatch behind us. We were so close to missing our flight. I guess the lady was right, but something tells me she didn't think we would be cutting it that close.
An hour and a half later, we landed in Puerto Iguazu. We were exhausted. We got our bags and found a taxi. We ended up with a really nice driver named Jorge who offered to be our chauffeur for the next 2 days. The price was good, so we agreed. He dropped us off at our hotel and told us he would be back at 8:30am to take us to Iguazu Falls in the morning.
Once checked in, we immediately went in search of dinner. We found a nice restaurant. Afterwards, we went in search of bread to make sandwiches for our lunch tomorrow. After paying for the bread, I waited for my change. All I was given was a piece of candy. Confused, I ask the lady for my change. She told me that the candy was my change. Apparently, in Puerto Iguazu it is normal to get candy instead of money as change. Good to know.
When we got back to the room we learned that the wi-fi in our room was pretty non-existent and if we wanted to use the wi-fi we had to go to the reception area. So we made our way down there with our bottle of wine that we purchased the night before. I wrote and Brian did whatever he does on the internet.
I’m not sure if it was the wine, but as I write I am thinking of Hamilton. Again, if you haven't seen it, it is worth every penny. Also, if you haven’t seen it skip to the next entry as this is a spoiler alert.
There is a song in Hamilton about never being satisfied. Always looking for something else because you are never satisfied. When I was watching the show, I had an epiphany at that moment. That is me. I have never been satisfied. I am always wanting more. It was easy for me to be present with those I love, but being present in every moment was a challenge. I love theatre, but I always want to skip to the end halfway through. I was always looking for a better career. One degree wasn't enough so I got two, but I still wanted more. My Discovery trainer calls it always wanting “More, Better, Different”. However, today, I can honestly say that for probably the first time in my life, I am truly and completely, Satisfied!