So, we have just completed the first month of the trip and suddenly twelve months doesn’t seem like such a long time. I say that because I don’t feel that we’ve accomplished a lot in this first month. The first two weeks were always intended to be light on action, but the thinking was that we’d come out from that period energised and raring to get on with exploring the world.
The reality is that two weeks of doing nothing meant we hit Buenos Aires cold and spent a while fumbling for what to do. I’d imagined us alternating between days of tourist stuff and days of doing non-touristy things. At the moment though, we seem to be quite lacklustre tourists, preferring to spend more of our time on the “non-touristy things.” To a degree that worries me; at the back of mind the question is nagging, “Have we really come all this way just to spend the year surfing Facebook??” At the same time, though, a lot of what we’re doing is necessary foundation-laying for the future. (We are not actually spending all our time on Facebook!) So, I’m trying to be relaxed and just let things happen as they will.
It doesn’t help that I am still feeling quite introverted; I don’t really want to go out and meet the locals, I just want to be left alone to do my own thing. To what end? I don’t know. I just know that I don’t want to have to engage with people just yet and that is tempering my desire to explore the culture. I am sure that I will eventually unwind, so it’s best to let that happen in its own time.
However, my frame of mind has been hampering my writing. You may have noticed the scarcity of posts since we left the UK to start “our great adventure.” It’s not because we haven’t been doing things of interest, I just haven’t been able to write them down in any fashion I like enough to publish.
Now I’ve spotted that issue, however, analysing it is helping me find a solution. I think I am my own worst critic and just need to get over it. I’ve read too many blog posts by extremely experienced travel writers and compare my own output harshly. I need to do less of that and just write in my own style, regardless of the flaws which I know are there. The only way to become an experienced travel writer is to travel and write a lot. I keep reminding myself of our site’s moniker; Just Go Do It.
On the plus side, though, I seem to have found my mojo as a photographer again. I’m loving the visual opportunities that Buenos Aires presents; it’s big, colourful and dramatic in many ways and I’ve been enjoying capturing aspects of that as we go around.
I need to get my act together about publishing the bulk of the pictures though. My previous gallery of choice was Google’s Picasa Web, but that has been discontinued and the Google Photos replacement is not much to my liking. I need to work out if my Flickr account will serve, or if I need to find a different service. (Advice welcome in the comments on that front!)
On a side note, I am having a bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram. It’s a great medium for both discovering and showcasing images, but there’s such a lot of obvious “farming” of Likes and Followers. It undermines the credibility of the platform. I am steering clear of that as much as I can, while engaging with the people who follow me and those whose work I genuinely like and follow. There are some great photographers and storytellers out there.
So, that’s what’s on my mind at the moment. Good photography and a bit of uncertainty and self-doubt, but all happening in a very picturesque location.
And speaking of the picturesque location, what have we been doing here on the days when we are not lazing around our apartment, surfing the web…?
I’ll write about that in the next post.