I've been shamed in to posting by a recent comment from RazboyNik. (His blog is always worth checking out, not just for frequent updated content but also because he finds the coolest blogging widgets that can be shamelessly pilfered).
The farm sale has fallen through. The owners wouldn't move on the price, and I couldn't get comfortable with putting the majority of my net wealth into one "project". I did the maths, after expenses (3% of purchase price must also be paid to real estate agent), car purchase, etc etc I'd have only around $15K USD left. This would include my working bankroll, and I'd have nothing to fall back on should any emergency arise. Being a commitment-phobe I found it easy to come up with a bunch of excuses not to buy, and only very few to actually go ahead.
Now the question is: what to do next? In six weeks or so it'll be full-blown winter here in Buenos Aires. I'm paid up in my current apartment until June 31st.
I'm considering the following options:
1. Summer in the UK again. This'll mean mostly playing/watching cricket and a lot of boozing. Maybe a weekend in Amsterdam (or something like that) mixed in.
2. Heading to Brazil, maybe an 8 week trip that goes something like BsAs ---> Iguazu -----> Rio de Janeiro in the first week, and then flying north to Salvador and renting an apartment for a month. I'd also really like to spend a couple of weeks checking out the Bay Islands of Honduras.
3. Heading over to the Mauritius for 6-8 weeks. I checked out flights and couldn't find anything for less than $2.2K USD, which is ridiculous. (It seems only South African Airlines operates flights between S.America and Africa?).
4. Struggling through winter here, saving as much $$ as possible and playing a lot of poker, with a view of heading back to the mountains (possibly the province of San Juan rather than Mendoza) in the spring to find the ideal small holding.
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