Lorena and I love to travel but having a massive property in a Boston suburb that always needs attention, whether it is the greenery in spring/summer, or falling leaves in fall, or snow in winter, it is not always possible for us to get away for more than two weeks. And obviously, when we both worked for corporate America, it was unthinkable to leave our jobs for a month. Plus, as much as we might live a lifestyle of semi-retired people, we still need to work hard to operate our online business.
One thing that we have always wanted to do was to live in another country. We have lived in several countries but mostly in our 20s and 30s but despite the constraints listed above, we wanted to do it now. Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been on our list for a while and as part of our Lindisima.com business we also needed to get some country-specific research done. Eventually, after hiring a family friend to keep an eye on our house and contracting out leaf-clearing and snow removal, we planned a one-month trip in the month of November (the weather is not as nasty yet in New England and it is middle of spring in Argentina).
This was a big experiment for us not only in finding out if we could leave our home for a month in the hands of others but also to confirm if we could put in our regular 40 hours of work, plus immerse ourselves in the local culture and get to know the country. I am happy to report that everything went well and not only did we get work done (the best time to work is right after getting up and keep going till 11 AM seven days a week and then finding a few hours here and there) but we also experienced Argentina like the locals by living in a real neighborhood, cooking at home, eating out at restaurants where locals go, and of course, checking out all the tourist spots.
I also took copious notes during the trip and I am excited to say that I have now published my findings as Kindle book on Amazon with the title One Month in Buenos Aires. By the way, if you don’t already own a Kindle, I suggest that you get one, though with apps available for almost all mobile devices and computers, you can now read Kindle books without owning one.
This book should be used in addition to any other tourist guides that you might purchase. It is a story of our experience of navigating this great city.