Saturday, March 7, 2009

From nothing to Projects

I've been asked many times since I've been in Buenos Aires "What are you doing down there? What have you been up to?" In the beginning, my honest answer was "nothing." However, the more I heard myself saying "nothing," the more I realized that I was selling myself short. It's true to what is life in the United States, I am doing nothing. I'm not going through a monotonous routine of work, home, dinner, sleep, work, home, dinner, sleep. It has taken a while for me to get used to the fact that I don't have my broken record lifestyle of the same old shit, although there are definitely times where I crave my old routine. Now, my lifestyle is more seasonal; it changes. One day, I'll go visit the Chacarita cemetary and on another day I'll do nothing but fiddle on the internet at home. Regardless of what it is, I have been experiencing life differently. I try to make my experienece living abroad a not "nothing" answer....(and the optimal word here is TRY). Here are a few things that I've been doing since my arrival in BsAs:

1) try to gain some insight on Erika...not an easy task...looking inside is easier said than done.
2) try to figure out what I really want in life...which is a very big topic that includes career, school, happiness, love, family etc...this could take a long time to figure out...
3) try not to worry so much about things I can't change or about things that haven't happened...again easier said than done....
4) cooking....I've done lots of cooking while in Buenos Aires. I made it my mission to keep Jackson and me on track with our vegetarian/vegan diet. And since Jackson worked all the time, the least I could do was prepare yummy meals for us.
5) drawing...I've recently started drawing again...I have to say, I forgot drawing was one of my favorite hobbies.

These are just a few things that I've been working on. Given these little tid bits, I guess I can't say that I do nothing while I'm living in Buenos Aires. As my good Australian friend said "tell everyone who asks what you're doing that you're finishing up on a project and that you're planning on your next project." So next time someone asks me "What have you been up to in BsAs?, I will say "I'm working on a couple of projects."

So here, I share with you a couple of my projects...mostly food:) (some recipes are from Veganomicon Cookbook)Vegan: messy rice
Vegan: curried lentilsVegan: spaghetti with TVPVegan: chocolate, rasberry cookiesVegan: quinoa with chickpeasVegan: pancakes
Vegetarian: cauliflower patties


Anonymous said...

Hey there, just wanted to say good for you. It's great that your experiencing life in a different country. I feel sometime that's what I do, is work and go home. When you feel like it's time to come back that's when it's time. In the meantime, have fun, discover what your looking for and go along with the flow. Buenos Aires is an energetic city and I know the social life that you have there is not the same if you were living here. Don't worry on needing to do something when this is the time of reflection. Also, there's no such thing as nothing. We are all doing something when it's seems we are not. :)

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Erika Borbor said...

Hi Julia!

Thanks for your kinds words. I'll remember to go with the flow of things and to remember that my "nothings" are actually "somethings."

Good advice

LatinCaster said...

hi there, i read about your blog in an article from la nacion newspaper. i have a little podcast where sometimes i interview people. was wondering if i could interview you regarding your life in argentina and whatever. you can check out the podcast at

hope you like it in buenos aires, i live in cordoba. please let me know, bye.