Clear the confusion and Spa day recap!


I don’t know if it’s because I express myself not clearly or I sound enjoying too much life in Buenos Aires, a couple of you asked me if I moved to Argentina to stay. No, I haven’t and not plan to. I’m here just for vacation (5 weeks), mainly to spend some quality time with Star (my bf and future husband), do some work (research) and teach a short course beginning TODAY. Life is really BUENO en Buenos Aires as you might have noticed, but to be honest I’m 100% positive that it would be perfect ANYWHERE having Star with me.

Yes, I’m having a luxury life here. Go to fancy restaurants every other day, have a cleaning lady to do laundries and clean the mess that I and Star left, have a driver ready to take me to anywhere, etc. But would I choose this life here in Buenos Aires but without Star? NO!

Yes, life in US as grad student isn’t the fanciest and luxury goes down to near zero. Having to chase my advisors, having to deal with unfriendly professors, doing laundry and cleaning, not sleeping 9 hours a day, etc, isn’t fun. But I would choose that life if I have Star nearby. Because cooking with and for Star is fun, laying down to watch TV with him is relaxing, chatting with him in person, face to face is really heart and mind opening.

Bottom line: No matter where you live, no matter what is the degree of luxury, the quality of life is defined by who you are with! πŸ˜€

Now, shall we move to the spa day recap? Remember last weekend we went to the hotel Four Seasons for Sunday Brunch? I was informed that they have a Spa Day package which includes a 25 min facial, a 50 min massage, lunch, use of sauna, relaxing room and swimming pool. Β It took me exactly 1 min to convince Star to take the offer. So, we went back to Four Seasons last Saturday. Β The hotel garden

The pool where Star and I played a little bit to get wet! :-P

The pool where Star and I played a little bit to get wet! πŸ˜›

Resting place for post-sauna which I could only stay for 10 min.

Resting place for post-sauna which I could only stay for 10 min.

Coffee, tea, fruits and flavor water were offered

Coffee, tea, fruits and flavor water were offered

After playing at the pool with Star, trying to stay calm at the hot room (aka. sauce) for 10 min, trying to relax at the relax room drinking flavored water and read the newspaper. I was really for Lunch. The most exciting part ALWAYS!!! πŸ˜› oh…no, no, this is supposed to be a spa day, so maybe the massage and the facial that come later are the main course of the day. Whatever! You guys know me, I’m more into food than anything else. πŸ˜€

The indispensable bread basket

The indispensable bread basket

My appetizer plate: vegetable and smoked pimiento cheese wrap, guacamole and tortilla chips

My appetizer plate: vegetable and smoked pimiento cheese wrap, guacamole and tortilla chips

A closer view to these delicious wraps

A closer view to these delicious wraps

Star's appetizer: Quince, pumpkin and kumquats in syrup, cheese selection

Star's appetizer: Quince, pumpkin and kumquats in syrup, cheese selection

My main dish: seared sole, fennel duo and bok choy

My main dish: seared sole, fennel duo and bok choy

Star's: roasted lamb with pesto, grilled polenta and green peas puree

Star's: roasted lamb with pesto, grilled polenta and green peas puree

can you notice I much I was enjoying the bite?

can you notice I much I was enjoying the bite?

Now, DESSERTS!

Mini brownie

Mini brownie

Mini Fruit tart

Mini Fruit tart

Star's favorite: Flan

Star's favorite: Flan

My fav: Chocolate mousse

My fav: Chocolate mousse

now all together!

now all together!

There is no such a perfect mean without a proper ending

There is no such a perfect meal without a proper ending

During lunch we had some good talk, about how we changed during the last 8 years since we first met: my change since I began grad school and moved to US; his change since he was promoted within the company several times; our plan, dreams and our brilliant future. Sometimes, a good chat, even with the person you know well, could be mind opening.

Question: how often do you have deep talk with your significant other?

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16 responses to “Clear the confusion and Spa day recap!

  1. LOVE the “bottom line” message – great points, girl!!

    Gorgeous photos, as always!! πŸ™‚

  2. I’d choose the chocolate mousse over the flan any day!! And wow, that pool look sooo nice and relaxing. I understand the hectic life of searching for advisers and dealing with professors all too well, I’m glad you are enjoying a nice break.

    As for serious talks with Nick, we have them a lot. We talk about politics (my least favorite serious topic), our future wedding (he hasn’t proposed, but it’s coming one of these days!), how many kids we will have (2-3, depending on how much money we make), and childhood memories, both good and bad. I enjoy serious talks, and I like to know that I can talk about just about anything with Nick (and I’m sure you like that about Star too) it’s a great quality.

  3. All those eats look absolutely fabulous. I need to take a trip down there πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos!

  4. lesouefsbrouilles

    ooo i can see you’re having fun! you deserve it!

  5. “No matter where you live, no matter what is the degree of luxury, the quality of life is defined by who you are with!” words to live by. i love that! props on the quote coco! more beautiful food, you are killing me over here. i love the bread basket and fruit tart! i wish i would have hopped in you pocket before you went to argentina πŸ˜€ xoxo

  6. Spa day sounds fabulous for sure! What a treat. πŸ™‚

    I love how happy you are when Star is with you. It’s very refreshing!

  7. ahhhh coco, i can’t even take it!! all of this food looks insane. i’m so jealous of your argentinian connections πŸ™‚ and you sound like you’re having the time of your life with so much uninterrupted activity with star!

  8. I’m glad that you have the best of both worlds right now- Star and the fabulous living conditions! Live it up!

  9. It’s wonderful to have a getaway but know that you still appreciate “real” life for what it is. Having that important person next to you makes everything doable no matter where you are:)

  10. It seems that the bread in Argentina is extraordinarily beautiful and delicious…

  11. Sounds and looks like you’re having a beautiful time over there! I love the exquisite preparation of your lunch…so many great colors!

  12. Spa day sounds amazing… I definitely need to do something along the lines of this before school starts. πŸ˜€

  13. You are so smart – loved your bottom line πŸ™‚
    What a gorgeous, amazing, fabulous time!! So glad you are enjoying yourself!

  14. WOW! All those desserts look amazing. I love love love deep talks with my husband. I makes us that much closer to one another.

  15. YES!!! I 130% agree with you that quality of life depends on who you’re with!!! πŸ™‚ It makes me so happy to make that realization once in a while because it helps me appreciate the people in my life more! You are such a wise girl CoCo. πŸ™‚

    MY GOSH Argentina is the place to be for great food!!! It’s so much more creative that what I see around Chicago/America all the time, it’s really refreshing!! Glad to see you’re having such a fantastic time with Star hun!

  16. Did you get engaged in my absence?

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