Falling For Argentina

Stuff happens in threes, right? So my first fall was in BsAs o the dance floor no less. This quy asked me to dance salsa–actually he asked Yvonne first and she said “No,” and then he asked me–He seemed so disappointed and was pleading so I went to dance with him. Sadly he didn’t know how to do salsa nor how to lead!!  So he was throwing me all around and I was trying to catch some glimmer of connection–NOT possible. And pretty soon, laughing away, he throws me right down!  He was so strong! “Okay, fella, that’s enough!”  (My pride was salvaged and my spirits by a great partner a bit later….thanks be to God!)  When Denna came we were having a bit of lunch in the hotel restaurant. The chairs were pedestal chairs, as were the tables. We we chatting and I leaned towards her, reaching for something–to my left, and suddenly found myself falling to the floor!  Poor Denna was wide eyed watching me go. I wasn’t hurt in either of these falls–just my pride.  Then we went paddling on the river and the Beagle Strait out of Ushuaia!  On the first day we went treking first, had lunch(a picnick offered by the guides) then went to paddle in an inflatable canoe.  Denna and I were in the front and there were six of us plus the guide. After two and a half hours on the water–we came to the shore and I was first to get out onto the rocks at water edge, with just a few inches of water. I had my paddle in my right hand and stepped out okay, but once there, suddenly my footing slipped on the rocks and I couldn’t catch myself and kind of sat back and laid back into the water. The guides were quick to yank me up but I tasted the salty water and was soaked! I did come up smiling tho and again, no harm done–just the pride. But I kept wondering, why am I falling? I’m a dancer and I have great balance—-usually!  But stuff comes in threes–and so I must be done with this kind of falling. Nevertheless, the deeper  get into this country, the more I am falling in love with it and the people. And I thought I’d already done that! One cannot see the future, though, and I have a feeling there’s more “falling in love” to come!


About tangobunny

Pastor Bunny went on sabbatical leave to Argentina July 28-November 4, 2010, funded by a pastoral renewal grant from the Lily Foundation. It was her second visit to AR. Since then she's been back three more times and toured the country. She loves the Argentine people as much as the tango and calls Argentina her other home.
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