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  • You think you’d get lost in such a big city, that you would lose your identity and that you could walk the street anonymously and yes! feelingless.

    Yet, what I miss the most about Buenos Aires, besides my loved ones, is the intimacy of it all. At over eleven million people, it is the fifteenth largest city in the world, slightly behind LA and a bit larger than Rio.

    It is the fifty or so barrios that make it feel intimate, small, personal. Each barrio is distinct, a city within a city. I live in Palermo, the largest barrio in Buenos AIres, and I feel as if I were strolling around my own little town. The fact that Palermo is so large has not escaped its people, who have now managed to divvy it up into a few mini barrios, called Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Chico and a few others.

    The doormen in my own neighborhood all know me, as they wave to me with a smile and a “Buenos Dias, señora”. One of them, Sergio, at the fancy building in the corner, asks if I could take him to the USA in my suitcase. Every morning, he polishes the huge walnut door of his building as if it were the door to a royal palace. The verdulera greets me with a big smile and gives me extra fruit when she knows I'm about to leave. When I walk down the street, everything is familiar and has a taste of home. The panaderia, the zapateria, the heladeria, the flower stand, the local DISCO (a supermarket!). “Que tal, señora, como le va?” is how I am greeted every day by every waiter, vendor and street salesperson. It may be due to the fact that I am a fairly friendly person but in large part it's due to the fact that I am one of them, of the barrio.

    Back in Boulder, when I walk along beautiful trails looking at the Flatirons, it’s just not the same. Boulder is a small city and yet, I miss the intimacy and the familiarity of walking down Salguero or towards the Rosedal, or to my favorite flower kiosk and being greeted by a “como le va, señora,?”
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