by Meli C

Posts from — May 2009

Sea of silver

Having been brought up in the Caribbean, my idea of the perfect beach contains images of clear, lukewarm, aquamarine sparkly waters (picture yourself up to your shoulders in water and still being able to clearly see your feet and potentially a star fish), bright sunshine on a calm afternoon, white sandy beach shores, just a few if any waves, scattered palm trees…you get the picture. So when somebody speaks of the sea or beach in praise, I can’t help but immediately envision the aforementioned scenario.

In February of this year, I had the opportunity to visit the city of Mar del Plata in Argentina for the first time. The name Mar del Plata literally translates to Sea of Silver. I had often heard Argentines and others talk about Mar del Plata as one of the most popular and sought out seaside destinations in the country. And seeing as how February is a summer month in Argentina, I quickly packed swimsuits and was excited about the idea of swimming in the pristine southern waters.

As we drove into the city on a late afternoon, to my surprise, the weather was around 60 degrees despite it being summertime. The day was gray and cold and everything was very different to the summer beach retreat I had imagined. That is not to say the city isn’t full of character, with its European architecture and big casino structure on the shore, it exudes an air of sophistication.

We drove past the seashore where I was able to catch my first glimpse of the beach and was taken aback by the swarm of people clinging on to a few square feet of real estate on the shore. The sand seemed brown and damp, and there were absolutely no palm trees or any other trees for that matter. Right then and there I knew I would not be swimming in Argentina.

During the two days I spent in Mar del Plata, the fishermen town was cool, breezy, overcast, and characterized by a distinct smell across its shores similar to that of a fish market. Despite it not being what I had originally envisioned, I enjoyed being able to take in a new city and a new experience, which is always very enriching for the soul.

May 22, 2009   No Comments

Glimpses of me

I decided to start this blog as a place to share my stories as I go through life.  So far in 2009, I have embarked on many great adventures and I’m sure there are still many more to come. I look forward to writing about my different experiences and sharing glimpses of everything with you.

May 21, 2009   No Comments

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