Today, Wednesday, June 7, day of the final judgment in Resistencia, Chaco, I want to make a reflection abouth the more than two months in Argentina.
Each and every place on this planet has his beautiful side, we often don’t know how to value the beauty of our environment because we are too stressed, worried, alienated to se the details or perhaps because we never lose it.
Most of the people I met in Resistencia ask me why I came from Madrid to live here. Well, I always answer the same thing. I had lost something, and I found it here the sense of adventure, of discovering different customs, of breaking my schemes, of adapting to a new environment.
However, I found not only that but also amazing natural landscapes, small museums where you can admire a number of works of art in the privacy of a half-empty room, dances like the Chamamé, expressions in Guaraní, cultural movement in any place, lagoons in the middle of the city, animal species that I had never seen, warm people, new friends, delicious food (I don’t know how it was my life before I knew Chipá), houses in the center of the city (thing unthinkable in Madrid), and a million shocking customs that today I like, as eating gnoquis every 29th and put money under the plate to attract the good economy (it is not working but I like the gnoquis), like not going to work just because it’s “raining” (At first I didn’t understand the meaning, but after seeing how the streets flooded I realized that it is impossible to leave the house and that although people from Resistencia regret the sewerage system, I say that if in Madrid it rained a single day as it rains here, people from Madrid would have to get fins because the water would arrive at the sign of the “Tío Pepe”).
For all this and much more it is worth going beyond my comfort zone, travel alone to the other side of the world and carry a suitcase full of experiences and unforgettable people.
Ayeisha is the Spanish volunteer hosted by OAJNU in Resistencia, Argentina.