Sunday, February 15, 2009

Leaving New York, Never Easy

Since I moved to New York nine years ago, I've traveled countless times, visiting cities as near as Boston and as far away as Nairobi. And even though I've considered moving away, every time I left NY I knew I'd return, because I had a home here.

Until now.

Next month, Ken and I are moving to South America. We plan to make Buenos Aires our home for the better part of a year; to speak Spanish and dance Tango and eat dulce de leche.

In two weeks we'll both be jobless and homeless. I couldn't be more excited.

Between now and March 1, we're whittling down our lives to fit into a couple of suitcases. We're catching up on dentist visits and applying for credit cards without foreign transaction fees (there's only one). We're listening to Pimsleur Spanish lessons on our iPhones and considering the merits of a Kindle.

On March 1, we'll pack up the beast and drive her to Waterloo, where she'll spend the year with two old ladies, two rambunctious toy poodles, and the occasional toddler. We'll be back in NY to bid our farewells during the week leading up to our March 18 departure.

Last weekend I finally did my taxes, and I hesitated ever-so-slightly when TurboTax prompted me to finalize my state return:

9 comments:

Adam Wishneusky said...

done with new york!? gaahhhhgg uggh :(
boo

~ali said...

estoy muy triste, pero tambiƩn estoy muy emocionado por ti! buenaventura!!

Nicole said...

How exciting! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

Mom said...

Can't imagine done with New York-you and new york seem so complete for each other--enjoy the next journey.

amy said...

!!!!!!!!! I am torn between being incredibly happy for you, and wanting to pack my bags and come with you!

Elizabeth said...

I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU GUYS (and extremely envious)! I lived in Buenos Aires for 6 months back in 2002 and loved the city, and Argentina in general. Hmmm... will you be accepting visitors??

lisa said...

i'll miss you! but i guess this means a steady supply of alfajores for me, right? best of luck to you both. xo

jillian said...

Thanks so much for the books! I love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Maybe now I can get Jason to read it. Enjoy your journey to Argentina!

Dawn said...

Holy crap! You miss two weeks, you miss a lot! What an exciting advanture! Yay! Best wishes to you and Ken!