Thursday, June 30, 2011

En la Bellisima Argentina

Today we slept in and ate some delicious breakfast with dulce de leche and tea. Mom, Dad and I left to el centro (Downtown Buenos Aires), while Tia y Tio were at work. We were planning on updating my passport. Because we didn't have a car we had to find a "taxi." Well my friends, it's not really a taxi... it's some guy from the neighborhood driving his personal vehicle with no seat belts, holes in the seats, windows that don't roll up all the way. Okay, so it doesn't sound all that bad, but when it's combined with Buenos Aires drivers and traffic, then we are talking about a fear of loosing your life. Driving here is a little different. Drivers don't drive within the lines they drive wherever they can fit. Stop signs are very rare and the traffic laws aren't as closely enforced here.

Well, we made it back to Tia's house safely. We ate una parrillada (more meat) and then took a nap. After our nap we sat around the kitchen table solving all the world's problems with our tea time. It's so nice to sit and enjoy conversation with my family. At this point, Tia was home enjoying the conversation with us. We decided to go to the grocery store at 9 pm to buy food for tomorrow. Tio Ale came home and we ate dinner and sobre mesa (sitting and chatting after dinner).

Later, Tio took me to feed the dogs next door that are located in the chapel courtyard. The dogs eat once a day only because mi Tio Ale feeds them. They are so excited to see him every night. Super cute dogs! I'll take a picture of them and post them soon.

Anyway, it's so funny to me how much I have slept and ate since I've been here. Soon enough we will begin our tour of the city. Let the adventures continue en la Bellisima Argentina...

awesome downtown graffiti

el rio

la Casa Rosada (similar to the U.S. White House)

Granaderos (Guards)

Bellisima Aregntina Architecture

Obelisco de Buenos Aires (similar to the Washington Momument)

mas rio

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Adventures in Argentina

It`s hard to believe that I´m typing this blog in my aunt`s house in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I was born in La Plata, Argentina in 1981. I was given the opportunity on March 22, 2011 to buy a plane ticket to visit my family in Argentina. I haven´t visited Argentina in 28 years. Most of my family members I haven´t seen in 20 years. I`m so thankful that the Lord has given me patience to wait for this specific season. He is so faithful, even when we are unfaithful!

Today, I flew to Argentina with my mom and dad. It was a rocky start to say the least. We were all packed and on time when we were about 2 blocks from our house, when my mom asked me if I had my passport. I told her "no, you have it". She said, "NO!" We turned the car around to head back to the house to look for it. We ran around frantically searching for the missing passport, when it occured to me that my mom gave it to me when I was playing and showing off my new camera. I had placed it in my camera bag without even knowing. I was so upset, stressed out and anxious already, the passport situation really didn´t help. Good thing mom and dad scheduled 4 hours for us to get to the airport and through security.

We arrived at the airport with plenty of time and had no major problems. Mom gave me a "relaxing" pill for the flight and I slept the entire way. I woke up just to eat and then fell back asleep. Later, I woke up to find myself in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My dad turned to me, while we were waiting at baggage claim,"Hey, look who is over there..Luis Scola." I couldn`t believe it. Luis Scola, a player of the Houston Rockets, was there welcoming me to Argentina. What a greeting! To make the arrival even better mi Tia Raquel, who I haven´t seen in 20 years picked us up at the airport. We are staying with her in Buenos Aires. We went home took una siesta and then went to a delicious restaurant to eat MEAT. The food here is so flavorful. The city is very eclectic. I`m looking forward to the many adventures that await me here in la bellisima Argentina. So far it´s off to a wonderful start!

Luis Scola and I

Mom and Dad in line at customs

the delicious restaurant

mi Tia Raquel y yo