Today marks my one year anniversary of living in Argentina! The following are some highlights and observations from the past year:
» Despite the ups and downs of life in a foreign country, I can confidently say that a year later I'm still thrilled to be here with Daniel. Sorry to go all mushy on you guys, but he is, after all, the reason I moved here in the first place!
» I made several new friends in the blogosphere, and I even met some of them in the flesh including Molly, Fred, Beatrice [Beatrice M's Blog], Deby [TangoSpam], Still Life in Southeast Asia, Frank [Sugar & Spice] and Cherie [tangocherie].
» My translation business is thriving and continuing to grow, and I secured some quality, long-term clients over the past 12 months.
» I received my first visitors here in Argentina back in October, and I'm currently planning an exciting adventure for the end of this month with my stepdad and my sister!
» I haven't driven a car in one year. Reasons: 1) I still haven't learned to drive stick shift; and 2) Argentine drivers scare the bejesus out of me.
» I am less than one week away from successful completion of Project 365 – a personal challenge that turned out to be much more than I bargained for.
» I have always been a fairly heavy computer user, but my laptop has truly become my lifeline. I work, communicate and entertain myself with the computer. I hardly ever watch TV, although I do occasionally watch some American programming on the Internet.
» I've learned to make some foods that I never thought I'd make from scratch, just because I missed them and they're not available here: Philly soft pretzels, flour tortillas (although I later discovered Rapiditas!), ranch and blue cheese salad dressings, and chili powder, to name a few.
» I do miss certain conveniences, but overall my life is simpler (in a good way).
» I feel the absence of my family and friends back home, but I'm extremely fortunate to have a loving and supportive network here in Argentina.
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And now for the moment you've all been waiting for – the winner of the Bueno, entonces… Spanish language learning software giveaway! As I mentioned in a previous post, I joined forces with General Linguistics to give away a free download of their flagship product Bueno, entonces... to one lucky reader of Seashells and Sunflowers. I promised to announce the winner today, so here goes!
The random number generator at random.org did all the heavy lifting in the selection process, and the result was commenter #2. So, congratulations go to Annette D! I'll get you in touch with the fine folks at General Linguistics so you can download your free copy of the Bueno, entonces… software. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!