I'm in Barcelona right now, visiting the family with my wife and kids.
Its a been nice so far and we really needed to relax a bit.
Preparedness wise, and mostly regarding "Surviving in Argentina" Blog, its giving me a much better perspective, since being in Argentina for so long detaches you from the rest of the more civilized world in man ways.
There's no comparison between this and life in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.
Thanks to this I have a more objective point of view now.
People are so different here, relaxed and yes, much more "sheeply" so to speak. But I dont mean this in a bad way. Its clear that people here dont worry about getting killed on the streets like we do, or ending up living on the streets.
Talking with people during Christmas dinner, one person "knew someone" that had been mugged once on the street by a burglar with a knife. Single attacker, knife. Same question asked in Argentina would have gotten a different answer, all personal stories, 9 out of 10 having been a victim since 2001, almost everyone having been mugged at gunpoint, most often by multiple attackers.
The economic crisis is a big issue here and I'll be writing some reflections about that. Its bad, 20% unemployment, but of course, its no an economic collapse and they aren't suffering here the things we went through in Argentina.
Such a different life, much better life standard here, they dont know how fortunate they are.
The few comparisons, parallelisms and differences, some of the things I'm noticing, I'll be writing more about that during the following days and I believe it will be very interesting for you guys that live in 1st world countries, in Europe and USA.
Take care folks.