Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We had an amazing time in Puerto Iguazu! Not only were the natural sights breathtaking, but the hotel we stayed at was beautiful. We had lots of group bonding time since there was just one local Rotarian who accompanied us.

It rained quite a bit the first day we arrived, but the next days were perfect for visiting the waterfalls.

Here we are at the place where you can see Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

The Devil's Throat Waterfall.

Luis Perez, the Rotarian who planned the trip and accompanied us.

Iguazu is where the movie, "The Mission", was filmed.

We also took a tour of an animal reserve where we saw many native animals including the largets rodant on earth, the carpincha.

Vice Intendente y la radio

While we were in Corrientes, we had the pleasure of meeting the vice mayor. Surprisingly, he is only 29, a young age for someone to be elected into such an important position so we had many questions for him. He has high hopes for Corrientes and also for his own political career. Below is a picture of Tonya and Miranda showing their support for the upcoming mayoral election.
At the vice mayor's office we met Alexei, a rotary member who works closely with the vice mayor. He has a radio show and invited our group to be guests. When we were on the air we were able to explain about our trip and also give a proper thanks to the families and clubs that were hosting us. Thanks again Corrientes!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We're still alive!

I'm sorry that we haven't been able to post anything for quite some time. It's actually a little overwhelming thinking about everything that's happened that we haven't written about yet. I'm really not sure when I'll have a chance to post pictures and write about what we've been doing, but I will do my best!

We are have an AMAZING time!!! La gente de Resistencia es rey buena! We are super busy--I'm talking every minute from 7:00 am until 1:00 am (sometimes until 4:00 am) we are doing something. It's great and we have many many stories and pictures that we will hopefully post soon. Thanks for checking in on us!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Miranda's visit to St. Patrick's

For my first vocational visit, I went to a private bilingual school. Since I've taught English to adults and children before, this visit was related to teaching positions I've had in the past, not my current job. I was really impressed with the students that I met and observed. They were 11 and 12 years old and they could speak English really well. They asked me so many questions (all in English) about the U.S. and my life. Some of their favorite topics were music (one kid really liked Guns and Roses and kept asking me what my favorite song of theirs was--I had no idea), famous people (when I told them that Nicole Kidman lived in my town they were really excited), and Obama (they knew a lot about Obama and had a lot of really good things to say about him). My favorite part, though, was when this kid randomly asked me what I thought about cloning. Like he thought that since I was from the U.S. my opinion on cloning was somehow important or something?! I don't know, but it was funny and it I had no idea how to answer. I think I just mumbled something really fast in English and moved on. All in all it was a fun day and the kids wanted me to come back the next day. Kids are great!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lindsey's Visit to CADIM

My first vocational visit was to an organization called CADIM (Comision Ayuda al Discapacitado Mental). It's a place where very low income families can bring a loved one with a mental disability to participate in educational activities, while they get a break . And it's completely free for the families! This helps mothers and fathers still be able to work and their children get to socialize with friends, while learning about things that will help them in their daily lives. Right now they have close to 20 people who come daily from 8:00 to 3:30, but their future goal is to be a place where up to 60 people with special abilities could all live together. It was an incredible visit to see the work being done and the community pulling together to help each other, and we were also able to swap some ideas for fundraising! Below you'll see a sign talking about their construction project, the main two buildings, and then a picture of all of us in the main room, about to celebrate Ivan's birthday. What a great day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Primera Presentacion: Corrientes

We taught the Rotary Club members how to do the "Tush Push"! They loved it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Corrientes City Tour

Corrientes is a beautiful city (the capital of the province of the same name) that lies on the banks of the Parana River. One morning, we took a tour of the city to learn about its history , visit plazas and admire the colonial architecture. Corrientes is known as the city of murals.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Una cena maravillosa en Buenos Aires

I promise that we've done more than just eat! This was a memorable team dinner in Buenos Aires at Las Lilas restaurant in the Puerto Madero area. It was a great start to the trip.

¡Hola chamigos!

We made it safely to Argentina and we're having a wonderful time so far. We flew into Buenos Aires on Friday morning and the five of us spent the day walking around the city and seeing the sites. We visited the famous Recoleta Cemetary where Eva Peron is buried and we sipped coffee at a typical outdoor cafe and watched the stylish people of Buenos Aires pass by. On Friday night we sat outside along the river at an amazing restaurant called Las Lilas. I (Miranda) am not normally a big meat eater, but Argentina has some of the best beef in the world and that night I had the best steak I've ever eaten in my life. Seriously. Unfortunately I don't have the picture right now, but someday I'll show you and tell you the story of the tenderloin :). Perfection. Now we are in Corrientes having a great time. Right now my Correntine "brother" is urging me to finish so we can go see some more sights so I have to leave, but I will write more again soon.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Este es el dia!

We'll fly out of Nashville around 4:00 pm, stop in Dallas and then head to Buenos Aires. I think we arrive early tomorrow morning in BsAs. After one night in BsAs, we'll fly to Corrientes. The next four weeks we'll be traveling throughout the green section on the map below. The next time you'll hear from us, will hopefully be from Argentina! We're not sure how often we'll be able to update the blog, but we'll do our best. Keep checking in and leave your comments so we know who's following our journey. Chau y hasta luego!