Three days ago my brother left Naples to go abroad for an undetermined amount of time for his work and to reconnect with friends and colleagues. He's gone to an environment very different from that of SW Florida. I miss him already, but I feel excited for him, and I can already imagine the "vibrational effervescence" (I made that up) that can fill one's life when traveling and when living in another country.
A new vibrational effervescence can occur when one goes away on vacation or on a business trip, which is why traveling can be so exciting and stimulating. But what I'm calling "vibrational effervescence" (what would YOU call it?) can take on even greater meaning when we are not a tourist, a short-term house guest, or a hotel guest on business, but when we become a temporary or occasional resident who seeks to integrate into the everyday life of the place. When we take an apartment in another country with its different language, customs, and products, where the air in the street smells different, where the people have a different way of composing their facial muscles when at rest or when they talk, where they keep a different degree of closeness or distance when they speak with each other, where idioms in their everyday talk reveal the deep values of a people . . . in our experience changing location for an extended period of time, for us, whether we're a newcomer to the place or one who returns, the new quotidian can either be exotic or a familiar recollection brought back to life.
I wanted to share with you my excitement for the creative opportunities opening up to my brother now just because he got up and moved to another part of the world for a while.
It dawned on me as I was writing this message that I am particularly excited about my brother's decision to relocate and integrate into a different culture for a chunk of timebecause it foreshadows my own establishing a seasonal residence in Buenos Aires at the end of the year! And it reminds me of the creative life that this will make possible for me, and for some of my now and future North American students. I chose to work with Nancy Landi, a porteña - a Buenos Aires native, to help me and later my students with the logistics of living in Buenos Aires, and thereby minimize the touristic aspect of the experience and maximize the vibrational effervescence that will come from our authentically participating in another culture, specifically the culture that over 100 years ago gave birth to Tango.
Nancy wrote me in an email this week:
Nancy, for starters I'd like a sunny kitchen and a balcony with a view, please, close to a great produce market. :)
I just found this delightful blog by a young Asian, relocated to Buenos Aires, who calls herself"Buenos Aires Foodie", and shares her discoveries of the culinary world of this city. If you're wondering about life in BsAs and want to see gorgeous photos of mouth-watering foods, accompanied by witty comments, please go here: http://aayudame.wordpress.com/category/the-piglet-oinking/eating-out/. I suggest you visit all the sections of her blog.