My life took a bit of a turn on December 30th last year. I decided to go to Lafayette, Louisiana, for six days and nights of Cajun & Zydeco music and dancing over New Year's. Dorothy and I started going there in 1993, and we went there many times. On day three, the 30th, I asked a lady to dance, and she said yes. We hit it off well--and parted company -- 16 days later after touring LA. Miss X (she requested that I not reveal her name until she meets people I know) planned to travel alone in Louisiana for five weeks. She is a native of Brazil, but she has worked for many years in South Africa, Sweden, Israel, England, and Germany (where she has lived for the last 13 years). After Louisiana, she had plans to go to Brazil for several months, where she still has a family. About a week after I got home, she told me she was going to northern Argentina for a few weeks, touring the desert and a few wineries. She asked me if I wanted to join her. My options were no and YESSSS. So, I flew to Curitiba, Brazil, to meet her. After spending a week there, we first went to the famous Iguazu Falls, which is on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Then we flew to Salta, Argentina. We spent two weeks in Argentina, after which we flew back to Curitiba. In all, we spent 32 days together. The future for us is unclear, but more travel might be forthcoming. However, several factors have to work out right for that to happen, so time will tell.
Argentina and Brazil will be presented in three parts, each posted several weeks apart. The first part will be on Argentina, the second on Iguazu Falls, and the last on Brazil. For the benefit of my readers, the original Spanish and Portuguez that I wrote it in will be translated into English. Those of you who took Spanish at Lincoln with either Bill Berringer or Donald Diekelmann will, thus, not have to suffer trying to translate it yourself into English.