Sunday, October 19, 2008

I found a Bike!


Here’s my bike! It’s a beach cruiser.. kinda weird, but cool at the same time: like 80 – 90% of the bikes here are those. Tranquilo bikes for tranquilo people.


Dustin and I took an afternoon to explore the “neighborhood”


Don’t really have to worry about traffic way out here


And of course a random nature pic


Pancha, one of the many dogs here on campus. What a surprise for her to wake up to chocolate cake, she attacked it


Yeah, even the pollen is bigger here!



Mateo stuck in the back ATM room, and Vevi wishing she didn’t have to help him with everything



Storm rollin’ in… or out



My cool basket I bought, had to go deliver some flowers to a friend who wasn’t having a very good week




Stella and I, got volunteered to be greeters for one of the nights of the week of prayer series. That was fun, “Bienvenidos, Hola, Que tal?”… good practice.



Downtown… university on the left, all the little shops on the right. So in the summer, they shut down the main road here for a block or two, and everyone just hangs out outside and eats ice cream till 1 am




Our morning worship group, it was a bit big this morning, we had the pastor share some stuff, so yeah, we packed like 50 people in one little dorm-sized room.



Clayshe (don’t really know how to spell that one), this is her little kitten, Catherine



How cute!



Usual sight, Mateo likes to sleep



And Romi likes to cook



Vevi and Judith



The flowers are beautiful… and it just adds to it that the girls are too




Vevi, always in blue or black



Judith, Erica, Vevi, Mateo, y Romi. Where’s a tri-pod when you need one?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Birthday costume party

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We were invited to a costume birthday party for Clayshe, roomate of Gaby and Romi. The deal was, each person she invited had to bring a rose. Well the only store we knew of close by was closed that night, so Judith and I went out around town, asking people if we could have one from their yard. We needed a few, for some friends too, so we hit up at least 4 different houses.


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Originally, Mateo, Dustin and I were all going to be Argentinean soccer players, but Mateo decided to be Zorro…


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…and I somehow became the sherrif


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Me and Gaby, she made my vest for me


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Judith wasn’t quite invited since she doesn’t know the birthday girl as well, but we kinda snuck her in anyway. They later had to make her a kinda makeshift costume


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More of the group finally showed up


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Romi was a cowgirl, made for a good picture


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And there’s Dustin the soccer player


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Zorro climbed up on the roof, so I had to go get him down and keep the peace


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Lookin a little tired, prob cause things here start at like 10pm


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Happy Birthday


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So it’s funny here, girls for their birthdays just kinda disappear after a little while, and then they come out in a dress, it’s almost like a wedding… or a catwalk.. I guess girls from Brazil add a little more spice to everything.


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We even had a clown


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I love this had, belongs to Romi’s boss, I want to buy it if I can get a good deal




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Tried to learn the Tango



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Group picture, all the guys (and birthday girl)


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And all the girls


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Birthday girl with all her flowers



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Did I mention they like taking pictures here?


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So we were supposed to be in by like 11:45, yeah, oops, we came in close to 2:45. We get these fun little slips that basically say we can’t go out and play anymore, until we have a little chat con el preceptor. At least it was fun for the night watch guy to check us in the front gate, almost 3am, and here comes a soccer player, and then a sherrif, and then Zorro.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Diamante and stuff


Dustin and Vevi, venturing off for our trip to Diamante, a smallish town not too far away




Erica y Romi, our tour guides




You gotta go, you gotta go…




the town, leading down towards the river




…and back up to the top of town





So there’s this huge statue of Jesus




El Río Paraná




The whole gang (including Jesus)





Oh we’re such tourists!




Information board




He looks pretty tall from down here




Week of Prayer, the speaker was Ron Clouzet. His wife gave us hugs and chocolate




for some strange reason I always feel like I’m about to get slapped


our whole group after church on Sabbath



Dustin and his roommate Misael, from Peru. On the background, Gabby drew/painted the horses, she’s quite the artist



Moras! They’re mostly like blackberries, but they grow on a tree



and there’s no thorns!



So you know how doves are all a sign of peace and hope and the Holy Spirit and nice things like that… yeah, so here there’s an infestation of them here, like millions. It’s pretty much forbidden to sit under a tree, you’re an open target. I was just lingering (after picking some berries) and a paloma (dove) waaaay up in the air nailed me. I swear they aim for us.



Lunch at Judith’s house…



…so some of us had more energy than the others. This is about the time we decide who is going to be productive for the afternoon, and who is going to remain unconscious for the greater part of the day.