Sometimes you have to leave a place to realize how much you hated it. Maybe hate is a strong word. Friday I moved from my apartment in Palermo, to a temporary rental in a new luxury tower. I went from 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, to 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. From 90 sq mtrs to 40. JerryBrown is thrilled. He is the only child until tomorrow. Maxi took a mini-vacation with Juan. We will both miss Juan. He has been Maxi's dogwalker and before that Roxie's. Ten years of dog walking.
When I bought my old apartment, the building was presentable. Everything worked. Fifteen years of corrupt administrations changed all that. What I could not understand is how the neighbors accepted it. They accepted $90,000 pesos missing, they accepted a paint job paid for but never finished. Instead they chose to fight with each other and to call each other names. In the meetings they scream and yell and almost come to blows. When it comes to dealing with the actual problem, no one wants to. I don't get it, and I don't think I ever will. Meanwhile the building went downhill.
My temporary place is like being on vacation. I have a gym that hardly anyone uses that is as good as the gym I paid for. I have a swimming pool, laundry room, and large areas to walk. People are pleasant. The security is super nice. Maybe when I get old, I will want to live in a place like this.
Back to the Calle Paraguay. It is depressing to enter this place. The elevators gasping every floor, broken tiles, dirty walls. I will not miss this place or most of the nasty neighbors. Trump type neighbors.
Where I am now, is not permanent. I am here until December 22. I am going to New Orleans to spend Christmas and New Years with Valorie. After New Years comes Sara. The 3 Musketeers. Hopefully when I come it will be to a new place. Cross your fingers.
One of my students told me: "You are so lucky! You are starting a new life." Yes, I am. I want to write more and teach less. I started my book. I want to do more translations. I love writing. But then, you all know that. I also want to travel more. Next year, I will. There are people and places I need to see.