Its been a good while since I last blogged about coincidence or destiny - its an interesting subject and something happened in the last few weeks that I wanted to blog about on here on La Margarita blog – its for you to decide if it was coincidence or destiny - ok so here goes…………………………
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Last week in my blog I talked about Toastmaster in BA, an organization worldwide that helps those who want to learn more about public speaking do just that but its all in English you don’t learn to speak Spanish at Toastmasters. The organization is worldwide and a meeting can probably found in city near you. However, here in BA there are a number of organizations that can help you improve your Spanish and meet people at the same time. One such organization is Spanglish. Started by Maya a few years ago it has had huge success. Events are held in different places in the city and people meet up to enjoy the events and practice speaking different languages not only Spanish. Have a look on her webpage if you are interested http://www.spanglishexchange.com it will give you loads if info about what it does however, sorry for digressing.
Running La Margarita we are always adding or improving things and needing more furniture or bits and pieces to help us do that. Plus I also have a loft apartment in Palermo, which I rent out to temporary visitors to the city for which I often have need to replace broken furniture, plates or even fridges etc so I am always looking out for things we need. A few weeks ago I was looking on Craigslist for a fridge for a small house I have just done up on La Margarita and hey presto I found one. It was a good price so I sent an email to the owner and tried to arrange to see it. Problem was I was on La Margarita and by the time I got back in the city I was sure it had gone so didn’t bother to follow it up. A week later I get an e-mail from Brenda the seller who said that the fridge was still for sale. I was delighted for sure and arranged to see it. A time was set to view it and the next day I set of to see it. It was located in groovy San Telmo, a distance for me since my city pad is in very cool Palermo. On arriving at the house I was greeted by Brenda and we started to chat. A few minute later I heard a voice say, “I know that voice that’s David from La Margarita”. Down the stairs came Maya the owner of Spanglish who I knew and had worked with re- La Margarita. That in itself was a great coincidence to me – I mean of all the fridges in the world I had to bump into Mayas mums’ fridge -but that was just the start. The day before I went to look at the fridge Adriana who works in our BA office rang me crying saying that the microwave in the office had broken and she would surely starve. Ok only joking about the crying and staving but for sure the microwave had broken and we needed a new one. I asked Maya if she was selling anything else – she pointed to the microwave in the corner “ I ‘m selling that” “ok sold,” I said. “Anything else” “well” she said, “do you fancy buying five tables and 18 chairs”. Now you would think that would be a long shot eh I mean how many people turning up at her door to buy a fridge would have need for 5 tables and 18 chairs – not many is my guess– apart from moi that is! Nils, one of the room renters in my cool rental apto in Palermo had mentioned to me a number of times that it would be great if I could put little tables and chairs in the four bedrooms to use as desks. Umm with this in mind I asked Maya what size the tables were and she said they were small. I had a look and they were perfect for the bedrooms – sold. At the same time Nils has asked me if I could replace the plastic chairs they were using in the living room for wooden ones. As it turned out the ones that Maya was selling were pine and perfect! – another sold sign went up – finally she said she also had a couple of blue chairs and a blue table for sale –any use she asked? – as it happened we had just done up on La Margarita a small room with bathroom which we give to the volunteer who we have working on the estancia from time to time and we had to buy a table and chair for it . The amazing thing is that the bed in the room is yep you guessed it blue- sold!
Ok is everything planned or do we live from moment to moment with nothing destined or planned out for us – I still don’t know but when this sort of thing happens I am pretty sure that it is all planned and that one day no matter what I did in my life I was destined to buy those 18 chairs etc from Maya. What do think Gary coincidence or destiny - I mean you must have a view after what happened?
This David Cummings alias the English Gaucho hasta pronto