Days 4, 5, and 6: Non-stop Days

Trip Start Jul 12, 2011
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Trip End Dec 19, 2011


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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I haven't written anything for about three days now. That's because the last three days have been pretty non-stop. So . . . here's a quick breakdown of what's gone down:

Saturday there were two American Cup games, one at 4pm and one at 6pm, followed by a going away party for one of the German volunteers that's here (Cristian). The party went until 2am. It was fantastic. People danced (see picture). Unfortunately, both Colombia and Argentina lost their games (and Chile lost the next day), so we now have no students here at the school who have a country we can root for : ( But, we at least got to make pancakes : )

Friday, Angie invited me to go out in the city with her, John, and a visiting couple from Ecuador who are close friends with John and his wife, Estrella. Luis (John's friend) is a pastor in Ecuador and Andrea is his wife. They are fantastic people : ) I should know, because I spent about six hours walking around with them! (Quite the long journey out!) One place that we stopped by was Puente de la Mujer (see pic) - it has a white bridge with something sticking up out of it - the bridge turns when ships come into port to allow them to go through. It then swings back into place after the ship has passed. The point is supposed to represent a couple tango dancing. When I found that out, I thought of Boo : ) To put this trip in perspective, the port is all the way over on the other side of the city from ISEDET, so we did a lot of Subte (subway) and bus riding.

Sunday, I went to church with John, Luis, and Andrea. John is closely connected with the Assemblies of God church that we attended, and is working to start a new church. He invited me to help him out with starting the plant since they meet on Saturdays, and since I don't have any obligations with school at the moment it sounds like fun. Plus, John's a pretty awesome guy to hang around. The service on Sunday was great, and I loved the look of the sanctuary (see pictures). Also, Argentines kiss everyone that they see, so I got kissed like 50 times when they passed the peace/greeted each other. One of the elderly ladies called me "hermano lindo," which means "pretty brother," both because I was wearing my flashy blue shirt, and because I had very blue eyes. : )

As a sidenote, most people think I'm German when they run into me. There are very few US citizens here in the city. It's kind of fun : )

Got up this morning at 8am and went running with John, worked on the book for a bit, cooked breakfast, cooked lunch, found out that the internet had gone out throughout the school here, took a shower, waited to find out that the internet was still out, finally gave up and went to a local coffee shop with Wi-Fi to check my email, came back, realized I needed to grab dinner, went back out to grab dinner in the pouring rain but scored an AWESOME deal on some fried fish at a local place for like $1, ate the fish, made pancakes with Carmen, NahÝr, Bladomir, and Lisa, and then watched Despicable Me in English with Spanish subtitles.

And now I'm going to bed.

Blessings!
-Will


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