Hello! My name is Erin and I am Sol Salute. Nice to meet you! While I'm originally from Brenham, a small town in Texas, I've lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the past 9 years. What am I doing here and how the hell did I end up so far from the Texas countryside? Long story, here we go.
Study Abroad in Spain
I've always loved to travel, my parents took me everywhere with them when I was little. When I was 16, we went to Europe for the first time. I think it was only after a couple of days in London that I said to my mother, "I'm going to live here one day." Fast forward to college, I majored in Spanish and International Studies. The degree required study abroad (I'd be lying if I said that didn't play a part in my choice of study). I chose Granada in Andalucia to spend the Spring semester of my junior year in 2006. I chose it purely on the fact that I had never heard of it and knew nothing about it. Without any googling or research, I got on a plane hoping for the best. Studying abroad was life-changing. I didn't want it to end.
Move Abroad before Roots begin to grow
Adulthood post-college seemed so anti-climactic when it was staring me in the face. As a child, I had expected there to be some sort of substantial and momentous shift to adulthood. But when the time came, the idea of moving to Houston or Austin to live in an apartment just like the one I lived in at school, to apply to jobs similar to what I did in school... well I wasn't enthused. I wanted a challenge and a drastic change! That, combined with the desire to live abroad before I had roots somewhere with investments, furniture, and a life to tie me to the US.... the decision to move abroad was an obvious and an easy one.
And so, Back to Spain, it is!
In 2008, I enrolled as a post-graduate student at Les Roches in Marbella, Spain to study for a degree in Hotel Management. It was an intense program, condensing a 2-year degree into 1. I spent 6 months in Marbella, then 6 months completing an internship at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona. My dream of staying in Spain after my program ended was crushed by the financial crisis of 2008. Tourism wasn't exactly booming, ergo hotels weren't exactly hiring. Back to Texas, I went, with my tail between my legs.
Living in Paradise in the Virgin Islands
After spending the first four months of 2009 desperately applying to every job position in every hotel on every continent, I finally heard back from the Westin on St. John, USVI. "How fast could I get there,?" they asked. How about Monday? I spent 8 months living and working on St. John. Despite the stunning beaches, I was getting restless. And a bit claustrophobic, St. John is one small island. So I booked a trip to visit a friend in Buenos Aires.
An abrupt change southwards
With Buenos Aires, it was love at first site and well, sound. Speaking Spanish again was like a drug and the city was so full of life! And if I chose to move here, I'd have a network of friends waiting for me. Without thinking twice, I left half my belongings behind with my friend, collateral so I couldn't change my mind. Back on St. John, I quit my job and made arrangements. In just a month I was back in Buenos Aires and I've been here ever since.
How I travel
Me and my husband both prefer slow travel. We like to take our time, spend more time in fewer places to really get a feel for the place. We've both chosen to have jobs and careers that allow us to manage our own schedules and take time off whenever we want. This way, when we travel far (to Europe or South Africa for example), we can dedicate a month to make the most of it. I'm excited to share our trips with ya'll! I hope our travels (with successes and mistakes made along the way) will help you plan your own adventures!
Read some a few of my highlights and mistakes:
Life in Buenos Aires
After 8 years here, I've built a life in Buenos Aires. After only four months here I met someone and now I'm married to that someone. We have a dog and a cat and live in a residential neighborhood, just north of Belgrano. Buenos Aires is a lively city with so much to offer. I'm excited to share the city with you! My new year's resolution for 2018 was to travel more of Argentina, so I'll share those travels with you as well.
Read a bit about Buenos Aires here:
I've always been an active person. I've tried to burn my energy at the gym, with tennis, running, and now yoga. In 2014, I started practicing yoga and I've practiced nearly daily ever since. It began as a workout and has become so much more. Offering me peace and slowly leading me towards a healthier lifestyle as a whole. In 2017 I completed a Yoga Teacher Training program at Black Swan Yoga in Austin, TX. I love sharing yoga with others and offer private classes here in Buenos Aires. For more information click here.