Saturday, September 12, 2015

Where to Next?

Among all of the questions we seem to get directed our way upon our return from living in Nicaragua, one actually has me thinking: Where to next?

For many families who managed to do what we did -- packing up our lives into a meager storage unit and taking the kid and dog on a plane to somewhere else for a year -- that would be the end of it. We'd come home and tell our tales and be ready to fit back into our real reality.

But maybe it's that we are just one kid and one parent, and that one parent does a job that's all online that we don't have to think like that. We can indeed dream of the next adventure, and no one is going to be too surprised. I thought i'd leave that "what's next?" question alone a while, but surprisingly, it's my kiddo who has already started thinking about it. Turns out she's pretty obsessed with soccer, and with the world at her fingertips, she wants to go where the best soccer players in the world learn the game.

First she said Brazil, and i imagined all the kids who grow up in the favelas, knocking the ball down the street. It would be an experience, but learning Portuguese while my Spanish is still in progress could really mess me up. So then she said Argentina, where Lionel Messi is from. I am down with that. Ironically, a man we met at the local Central-South American market here in Portland reminded us that the U.S. of A. is actually a really good place to learn soccer too. So there's that.

In any case, we are already thinking of where to next, and that's a fun thing to do.

If your "where to next" is taking you to Turkey, you may be in need of an Istanbul hotel. Check out the Intercontinental there -- always a great stay!

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