The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia plans a trip to Argentina in November. I thought at length about the pros and cons of going with the group. Let's first consider the cons:
1) The trip is a two week commitment. In corporate America, two weeks away can be career suicide.
2) It's a foreign country, and my Spanish "ist nicht so gut."
3) The flight to Argentina is a minimum 14 hours in the air.
Now let's consider the pros:
1) Argentina is home to many German Russians who moved there in the late 1800s. Once there, they established villages and used the same names of their Russian colonies for their new homes. My ancestors came from Mariental and there is a town called Mariental in Argentina. Could there be family there?
2) One of my good friends from the Arizona Sun Chapter has planned to go to Argentina since we first heard of the trip last year.
3) The schedule includes a stay in Buenos Aires, and visits to the historical immigrant museum, tango show and German Russian homes in Entre Rios.
4) A fabulous tour of Iguazu falls. Check out the video clip below and you will see what I mean.
After much internal debate and contemplation, I decided to travel with the group. Now I can hardly wait to get there.