Autumn’s Adventures


A house, a bar, a trip? oh my!
July 28, 2009, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Argentina, Travel | Tags: , , , ,

Ever since I returned from Peru I have been trying to find a time to sit down with all of my thoughts and write some thoughtful blog posts.  Here I am now, with a mountain of things to say trying to figure out how to organize and say them all in a coherent and interesting way.

So much has happened since I got back from Peru that my head is practically spinning itself off of my body.  My first important thoughts, or I should say doubts, were confirmed after having a good g-chat with my friend Ellie who is currently in New Zealand and can relate to me from a more relevant viewpoint than my family who misses me too much to be rational.  I decided that right now I cannot realistically buy a house or start a bar, no matter how much I want to try and mix the young traveling life with a stable, settled life.  I can’t remember if I blogged about this but I probably didn’t because I was waiting for a more formal decision before I told everyone I was doing these things (and for good reason too since I already changed my mind.)

For a few months I have been slowly searching for a small house to buy, but without success.  I figured that it was no big thing — I find a house that is about 25K, take out a family loan and pay it back in 8 years. Easy as pie, no? I didn’t think finding the house would prove so difficult.  The cultural differences and the fact that I am a Yankee didn’t help me in finding a good deal or finding anything for that matter.  Everything in Jujuy is so laid back that nothing gets done quickly.  Asking people to help me was like pulling teeth — I couldn’t get them to commit to anything in a timely fashion.  I don’t mind doing things by myself and I actually prefer it that way but I can’t just go up to someone’s house, ask them if they are interested in selling and expect a good response.  Once they hear my foreign accent they will either say yes and charge me a shit ton of money OR they will say no and close the door in my face and talk about me to all their friends as the Yankee who tried to buy them off with my foreign money.  Oh and by the way, that is how you find a house here.  Word of mouth and knowing which one of your old neighbors is about to keel over.  It’s so friggen annoying.  And yes, there are real estate offices here but I’d only use them if I wanted to pay 3 times the price of the property.  So anyway, that idea lived in my head for a little while and now is laying dormant until I have a bunch of money to spend (whether it be mine or my sugar daddy’s).

In regards to the bar, I still one day want to do this.  Maybe in Jujuy, maybe in another awesome part of the world that I don’t know yet.  My plan was to open a small bar in the nice neighborhood that I live in because there is no bar here and there is lots of money here and the neighborhood is developing rapidly.  I was really serious about this idea, doing tons of research and looking at places to rent out.  I had a business partner all lined up, I had the name of my bar, how I was going to market it…everything.  The risk wasn’t high because the start-up costs weren’t high.  It wasn’t like trying to open up a bar in the US.  But again, everything was moving slowly, I couldn’t find a good place to rent…lots of holdups.  I went to Peru and when I got back I realized that I can’t responsibly run a bar if I want to keep traveling like I did in Peru.  I want to go to Europe again, I want to go to New Zealand, I want to see all of Asia…shit…I can’t settle yet in Jujuy, especially if I’m unsure of my future boyfriend, husband, jobs, life…etc.  After I decided not to open the bar part of me felt like I failed myself but a big part of me felt relieved.  Like I was free again. Like I had the world at my fingertips.   Now I am planning a 6 week trip to Europe in January…and it feels right.

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Just call me “Rational O’Byrne.”

Comment by ellie

Just call me “Rational O’Byrne.”

Comment by ellie

hahaha

Comment by admin

hahaha

Comment by admin

Autumn, I think you’re doing the right thing. When I bought my house a few years ago, I thought it was the greatest thing ever, but as soon as I got the nomad bug, it was a real anchor around my neck!

I’ll probably buy another house some day but not until I’m pretty certain I want to live there for a long time! (or I’m rich enough that it doesn’t matter if I have to sell it for less than I want).

Comment by Bobby

Autumn, I think you’re doing the right thing. When I bought my house a few years ago, I thought it was the greatest thing ever, but as soon as I got the nomad bug, it was a real anchor around my neck!

I’ll probably buy another house some day but not until I’m pretty certain I want to live there for a long time! (or I’m rich enough that it doesn’t matter if I have to sell it for less than I want).

Comment by Bobby

Thanks for the reassurance, bobby. I agree that it would be a big pain in the ass and as much as I want to have a little house of my own, I can handle waiting until I am rich or until I find that rich husband that I dream about…

xo

Comment by admin

Thanks for the reassurance, bobby. I agree that it would be a big pain in the ass and as much as I want to have a little house of my own, I can handle waiting until I am rich or until I find that rich husband that I dream about…

xo

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