10 things I love (almost) as much as knitting — Joji Locatelli
I was so sad when I realised a couple of months ago that I was going to be in Amsterdam while Joji visited Edinburgh and when I was back she would be (oh the irony) in Amsterdam. I'll just have to make a trip to Buenos Aires where she lives to meet her, but since that isn't going to happen anytime soon I'll settle for reading about the things she loves.
10 things I love (almost) as much as knitting by Joji
I am a very simple person, and I don’t have any other big hobbies besides knitting, so my list is a bit plain… but oh well, that’s me!
I am not being very original here. I think about travelling ALL.THE.TIME. I’d like to see the whole world one day, but I also keep dreaming of coming back to all the places I’ve already seen. I’ve been blessed with living in a country that is very far from main tourist destinations, so everything is new and different to me, wherever I go.
2. Coca-Cola Light
I am a Coca Light junkie, and I don’t think I’d survive without it! I can be very picky about the way it is served. Plastic cups and foam are not my friends, and I usually keep mine in the freezer before meals… But to be honest, I could even drink it warm and without any gas. Coke is just awesome.
So whenever you feel old, whenever you feel like your kids are so big that you must be inevitably aging… There’s nothing better than going to a concert, especially big crazy ones. Dress up like a rocker, shake your hair and sing till your voice fades!
4. Steak and barbecues
I like my meat! I could never be a vegetarian, especially living here. We Argentines make a culture of meat, we love to brag about it… but that’s because it’s so delicious. I really enjoy all the preparations involved in a good barbecue (“asado” here). Cooking, meeting friends, eating by the grill until the meat is ready… That is one of the greatest local pleasures!
5. Date Night
My husband and I have been married almost 10 years now (wow!), so things are obviously different than we first met. But Fridays are our date night. Grandparents take the kids and we can go out as boyfriend/girlfriend again, and we always find something new to do!
I am one of those ladies who can’t go out without a pair of earrings. And I am constantly losing them. I have thousands, but only a few have a matching pair. (Maybe I should use some of these)
I used to make fun of my hubby’s grandma, because every time someone pointed a camera at her, she would touch her ears to check if she was wearing her earrings… Guess who’s like that now?
7. Riding the bicycle with the family
I used to ride my bike everywhere when I was a kid. I grew up in the suburbs, where the traffic was not crazy. Moving to the city meant getting rid of it, since it was not safe to ride any more. But a couple of years ago the government of Buenos Aires decided to launch a program to promote the use of bicycles as a safe and healthy means of transport, so lots of bike lanes have been built since then. We bought bikes for all the family last summer, and I look forward to riding with my boys every weekend. I feel like a child again!
Mate is a traditional tea we all drink in Argentina. I won’t explain it any better than Wikipedia…
Mate is drunk every day at every home. I prefer to share it with friends, but alone is great too…
I love mugs of any kind. Tall, big, short, small… Plain, printed... Most of them remind me of something: a friend, a place. I think they are beautiful, thoughtful and useful. So I love giving mugs as presents too.
10. All things denim
I will never ever have too many pairs of jeans. That’s a weakness of mine. I would dress so much better if I stopped buying jeans! But for some reason, I am always tempted by a new pair. Or denim shirts, blouses, bags, jackets… Anything made of denim will always be my favorite.