When I saw her standing there, it felt as if no time passed at all. We hugged excitedly. For a moment, I imaged that hug taking place on the patio or at the door to our home in Rosario.
BALTIMORE, United States — I spent five unforgettable months sailing the world. As an Argentinian Marine aboard the Frigate Libertad, we completed a training trip to 11 ports throughout America and Europe.
During one of those trips, our war ship docked in Baltimore, Maryland, where I reunited with my sister. In Ireland and Mexico, we encountered incredible celebrations, parading through the streets.
Two and a half years had passed since I saw my sister Victoria, distanced by the Pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions. I arrived at the port in Baltimore, Maryland on July 8, eager to get to know a new country.
As I departed the ship at the port, the normal ceremonial protocols did not occur. However, Victoria waited to greet me flying a small Argentinian flag! Other expats from Argentina accompanied her and waited for us at the mooring.
When I saw her standing there, it felt as if no time passed at all. We hugged excitedly. For a moment, I imaged that hug taking place on the patio or at the door to our home in Rosario. I could smell the aromas and feel the emotion filling our hearts. The hug felt endless and gave me a sense of home.
I spent that whole week with my sister and her husband, whom I met that same day. We attended an event with traditional Argentine cuisine and went to a tango show. The experience moved me, as I thought about the magic of travelling the world.
In Dublin, Ireland, the people greeted us with a warm welcome. From the moment we arrived, they surrounded us with love. I smiled excitedly when I reached Foxford in County Mayo – the town of Admiral Guillermo Brown, our greatest Argentine naval hero.
As we arrived, a band played while authorities and representatives from various organizations stood by. A small parade carried us through the streets. As the instruments sounded and the people enacted elegant formations, we felt the love of the people. The colors of the flags filled my heart with joy.
We excitedly walked to the rhythm of drums, cymbals, and wind instruments. As I looked around me, I felt honored and proud. Being in Ireland proved an unforgettable stop on the journey, full of the friendship and comradery of an old continent.
In Veracruz, Mexico, a large group of war ships belonging to the Navies of various countries gathered at common ports around Latin America. On that day, I saw war ships from Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina.
Thousands of people came out to see the boats that sail around the world and to meet the sailors who crew them. It became a major cultural and tourist event for Mexico. Colors and cultural expressions abounded as I breathed in the salty ocean air. It felt like a dream to meet people from so many backgrounds and homelands.
Again, we paraded down the main street of Veracruz, decked out in my topman uniform. The admiration of the public swelled around us. Spectators in the crowd applauded while others spoke words of congratulations and asked for our photographs.
Mexico embraced us with the warmth of the people, its unique culture and food, and the beautiful ceremonies that took place. My journey to 11 ports around the world proved fascinating. There is a unique joy in visiting foreign lands and meeting its people.
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