My Nature

TIGRE TREE

TIGRE TREE

One of the big changes for me in moving to Buenos Aires is from small city to big city. I have no idea how many people live in Buenos Aires but I’m told 12 million. That’s a lot. A LOT. But the consequences aren’t so much in having a barrage of folks around you at all times (which is new for me) but more than anything not being able to escape so easily. Everywhere I’ve ever lived before there has been nature of one form or another around but in Buenos Aires all you have are parks. Admittedly fairly close there are tree filled places but it’s not that accessible to get there without a car and no one I know just goes there for the nature.

When they think of nature most folks think of Tigre which is a lovely little vacation place just up the road. It’s at a river delta and there is a maze of islands you can get to by quaint wooden ferry boats. This weekend was freezing but I needed my nature fix and headed with some friends to what I can only call their vacation house in Tigre. It’s more of a cabin on stilts than anything as there is no running water or bathroom. However, that just makes it all the more attractive.

WHY THE HOUSE IS ON STILTS

WHY THE HOUSE IS ON STILTS

It was cold. Unusually cold. So cold, in fact, that it snowed for the first time in over 50 years. I am not making this up. It was really really cold. That didn’t stop us from participating in the awesome outdoorsy tradition of campfire cooking. We stepped out from Argentine asado tradition by having only roasted veggies. No meat. Yum! And there was something about the cold that made the intensity of the experience, the sheer feeling of being alive and out of the city just incredible.

COLDER THAN IT LOOKS

COLDER THAN IT LOOKS

Being away from the natural world has been a huge change for me. It felt wonderful to get back to my hippy tree hugging roots. Even as snow comes down outside, Spring is coming soon and I’m looking for good places to go camping on long weekends. If anyone has an idea, let me know 🙂

7 replies
  1. pipinthecity
    pipinthecity says:

    Sounds like scaping to Tigre was exactly what you needed after that lousy day of failed house-hunting. I have an embarrasing confession to make: I´ve never been to Tigre. Yep, in my now 25 years living here. Ever. I know, I´m lame, I know my city less than people who come for a week.
    And I hear you about the lack of nature. The city is a big change even for someone like me who grew up in the suburbs… I remember getting a headache everytime I went downtown for a doctor´s appointment or something like that. But luckily it´s not too hard to escape the greyness.
    About camping places for long weekends, my favorite has got to be Tandil, oh and the Palmar in Entre Rios is also wonderful.

  2. exnat
    exnat says:

    Cool. Thanks for the hints, Marce. Going to the doctor seems like a bad time to get a headache. He probably thought you were sick all the time…

  3. hijo de thor, sobrino de messner
    hijo de thor, sobrino de messner says:

    me alegra que la haya pasado bien. a su dispocision pa lo que pueda servir.

  4. Jen
    Jen says:

    I think it was actually 80 years, but I heard as many as 89. The wonder on the faces of the people in the street made the cold worth it, but I´m still partial to Buenos Aires when the weather is nice (the other 9 months of the year).

    🙂

  5. exnat
    exnat says:

    Hey Jen,

    Thanks for the correction. That explains the wizened greybeards telling stories of the time “when all was white.”

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