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Mendoz.. Just kidding ;) TATTOOOOOOO!!

Córdoba! Great city! Like Buenos Aires but smaller. And we stayed in the Best hostel yet!!

rain 18 °C

Going to Córdoba wasn't part of the original plan. However, we had decided that we would stop SOMEWHERE for a few days between Mendoza and Iguazú. (Well, technically, Mendoza wasn't part of the original plan either).

In Mendoza we found a friend in Francis, a Swiss guy living in Córdoba to study Spanish so as to regain fluency and be able to work in Argentina. As he spoke warmly of Córdoba, we naturally wanted to visit (it is so much fun visiting cities where you actually know someone!), and that us precisely what we did.

Now. Asia and I had repeatedly talked about wanting tattoos forever, what we thought about getting and where as well as realizing that nothing was really stopping us.. We just needed that extra motivation. We had joked about getting tattoos done in South America but decided that we probably wouldn't find a good, clean, safe place since we would never have any references.

While checking into our hostel in Córdoba, Linnea hands me a flyer laying in the reception. Amilkar Tattoo Studio. A sign from above? I can feel excited butterflies starting to gather in my stomach as I show Asia the flyer and we turn to the guy in the reception and demand any information he might have on the subject (excitement sometimes doesn't leave enough room for politeness). He surprises us by saying that it is the second-best place in all of Córdoba, but only half as expensive as the "best" place. Still, the rumor of "second-best" probably simply comes of the lower price, as the quality is very good. He himself recently got a large tattoo at Amilkar on his right calf, and he is extremely happy with it. He strongly recommends the place.
Sign or no, Asia and I could now barely contain our excitement.

That evening we sat for hours researching, drawing, talking, dreaming, going through our most serious tattoo-ideas from the last couple if years.

The image most strongly etched in my brain (or I should say heart because that is where the feelings sit :) ) is something I drew a couple of years ago and have been thinking on and off about (in relation to getting it tattooed) since then.
It is the silhouette if a bird flying into/past the sun/moon and the strong sense if freedom, strength and love of life that the said image projects to me.

The day after that we had them done. It was exhilarating, wonderful, amazing, didn't hurt a tenth as much as I thought it would and definitely extremely addictive.

I love my tattoo so much. I can hardly begin to describe the feeling. It's as if a part of me that has always been there is suddenly visible. Something that was missing is now there. I have gained something precious. I love it.

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Posted by Irmelin 15:11 Archived in Argentina

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