Making friends abroad
Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
29Trip End Jan 03, 2011
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We went to rent our mode of transportation -- MOPED. The first place, Thrify, we were turned down because James does not have a US license to drive a motorcycle. (which you don't even need in the US to rent a scooter!) so we walked down the street and found a guy slightly less scrupulous. The difference? He didn't want to charge our credit card a deposit, he wanted James' passport for the 24 hours we had the bike. When we asked where he would safe guard it, he pointed to a non descript white tupperware container on a shelf. James was sketched out, and with good reason so we tried a third place
Riding on a dirt road turned out to be very bumpy but we made it to our friends' house and lounged at their pool. They didn't mention the house rental came with help! We were waited on hand and foot and it was truly the experience! Wine, fruit and other snacks by the pool! The conversation was great -- everything from business to fitness and health. Their son, Ryan also does crossfit and is a year into the Paleo diet, which James and I have been on since the summer. Unlike Ryan, we have been completely off the diet since we got down here, and seeing how he is sticking to plants and animals, even in carb-tastic Latin America, was really great. (I've since been motivated to get back on board!)
Then they invited us to dinner as well. We went to a riverside restaurant called El Rincon and had a fantastic meal. Tuna for me, steak for James. The director of the house they are renting, has lived all over (US, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay) so we had a great time just talking about language and food and culture. He also filled us in that when specifying the temperature of your meat, you should err on the rare side because they tend to overcook. Very useful piece of info if you like it juicy like we do! In fact in Spanish, you order it "jugoso!"