Working for food

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
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Trip End Mar 27, 2013


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I don't think we've mentioned:
Part of what we are excited for on this trip is good food- steaks, empanadas, ceviche, wine, ... So we will be highlighting some of our cuisine choices along the way. Starting with the plane ride to Argentina: gravied chicken and crunchy rice dinner and breakfast of stale bread and chopped melon. Disgusting, but free.
Food at our hostel in Buenos Aires, Pax, was much better though. We were there for 'all you can eat and drink pizza and open bar' for $12. Good deal since between us we ate about a pizza and a half, half a bottle of wine, an several beers. We definitely could have drank more, but we had to get up early to check out and catch a subway, a train, and a ferry to Delta de Tigre.
Delta de Tigre is where we are doing our first work exchange experience helping out at a bed & breakfast. What I can say about this experience so far, is that it often feels like you've put yourself on time out. Apparently, the weather is usually blue skies and 70's, but its been really wet and rainy while we've been here. We are supposed to do about four hours of work daily then have the rest of the day/ night to do whatever we want, but it's been more work than that. Working isn't bad though- it's raining anyway and we are on a tiny muddy island with nothing to keep us busy but work or House marathons. Plus, we are learning a lot about what it would take to run a place like this. So far I know I would not want to live in a delta- nothing ever dries so everything is covered in mud and mildew. Cleaning literally never stops in this weather, so I can see why our hosts enjoy having extra hands around. Some of our seasonal work here has included: mopping and then towel drying the floors, hand washing dishes for 10 people three meals a day, scrubbing mildew off the walls, cooking, shelling pecans, and yard work (clear cutting the acre rainforest backyard for farming space using a tiny ancient hand tool that's half pick-axe half hoe).
Today we got a group of southern (USA) Campus Crusaders for Christ staying for a retreat/ recap and reflection on how Jesus has spoken to them through different people they have met in B.A. They're cheerful and loud. Our hosts are nice and generous and have given us some tips for our travels as well as have taken us to the local mall to see what that was like (biggest I've seen and crowded like it was Black Friday), and have also been speaking English with us, even though we need all the Espanol practice we can get. Though we are not always sure what more we can do to help out, we've kept mostly busy prepating meals and cleaning up around the house.
Also, getting back to the food that I guess we are working here for... At least in this house, things are much different than in the US. Many things are kept out instead of always refrigerated and you cant drink the tap water but, luckily, there aren't very many bugs, and we haven't gotten sick. We mostly eat whatever is left over from the house guests, but we have also had a couple of meals prepared by our host. lots of vegetables and legumes. So we are trying some new things and probably eating a bit healthier than we would have in the states (given all we ate was cheese and margaritas).
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