So I got a letter from the Canadian Consulate in Buenos Aires to hand over my passport and a couple photos. As in "right now or we might get upset and change our mind".

Me at Calgary Airport at 5am waiting to board

After some 5 calls to United, I was able to get a flight back home and comply with the letter deadline.

I was greeted by clear skies and our trademark humidity. And by about 27°C. I freeze in planes so after a lifetime of collecting airmiles, I learnt the art of stripping layering. Going from one pole to the other has become my specialty. I'll get my PhD when I go back to -30°C in a few days.

Anyway, hubby and I went back to our old long distance resources to keep in touch, namely whatsapp and Skype. I was out of training with the 4-hour time difference. How did I handle that in the past? I'm still amazed. The best difference we have now is a local number in Buenos Aires that rings in Canada. Normally it rings in my cellphone as it's my internet illeterate dad who mostly uses it. Now it's transferred to the hubby's phone. It's nice to be able to hear each other at any time, not just when Skype feels like it.

Meanwhile, I had a trillion things to do to close up shop in Argentina. Remember that when I left, I just closed the door to my flat as if I would come back after work. At least it was clean (I miss my housekeeper!).

That's what I've been doing for the last 3 weeks. Non stop. I hadn't been able to enjoy much of my place nor the city. The cats are back with me but I don't think I'll be moving them to Calgary. Too cold for them. It's the only reason why I'd like a larger home: to have the cats inside with me.

Last week I picked up my passport with my new immigrant visa. The countdown starts.

I don't want to get rid of my place in Buenos Aires and I don't want to rent it out either. The way the economy is n Argentina, it's quite cheap to maintain it. I don't have a mortgage so it's not a burden.

Buenos Aires
With that decision made, I have been making renovations in the flat. It would be perfect if I could get it painted while I'm away. It wouldn't be my first time renovating long distance so I know it can be done. I'm too tired right now to call the contractor.

Hubby is coming in a couple weeks to run away from the cold. We'll get an early hot Christmas in here before going back to Calgary. I'll miss the humidity again, made wonders for my skin when I arrived.

Then we're coming back to Argentina for our first anniversary wedding. Yes, were having a church wedding and a reception. Finally. I'm looking forward to it.