Ahora estoy en Argentina! That basically means, I made it! My trip went surprisingly well. The only mishap was me waiting for over an hour for my baggage at the Dallas airport, when, in fact, it didnt even stop in Dallas–it flew straight to Argentina!
At Dallas I met up with the three other lovely ladies who are on my servant team: Margi (the girl im rooming with), Tina, and Megan. They are all so much fun and really sweet. We have really only spent 2 and a half days together, but I feel like i have known them much longer. We are going to have an amazing time!
The plane ride was about 10 hours, and I sat next to an Argentinean guy who had been a coach in the Olympics for four years in sailing. We chatted a lot during the trip, which was fun.
Jennifer, Jeremiah, and their three kids met us at the airport. Jennifer and Jeremiah are the directors for our servant team in Argentina, and we have already been to their house multiple times to hang out. Last night they had a party for us with fracturas (a kind of doughnut), coffee, and of couse yerba mate.
The city is really cool–it looks a lot like a mixture of Spain and Tegucigalpa! There are stray dogs everywhere, like Teguc, and the driving is insane, like Teguc again. The bus drivers seriously drive the buses like Nascars or something! To make this worse, all of the stoplights are a little different. WHen a stoplight is red, it changes to yellow, and then to green. The yellow says essentially, get ready because the light will be changing to green soon. Well, all the drivers interpret the yellow as saying, go ahead and start driving because it will be green anyway. Yesterday, in fact, the bus I was on was already half way through the intersection while the light was still green! The lanes here are also only a suggestion, as are turn signals. People drift in and out of lanes as frequently as they decide to stay in them. Because of all of these factors, we as pedestrians have learned to cross ourselves and say a quick pray before actually crossing the streets! It is quite an adventure!
I have already been so inspired in my three days of being here. At the party last night I met different couples from Word Made Flesh who are married, have families, and have traveled all over the world working for the poor. For some reason I have always considered those things incompatable, so it is so neat and encouraging to see those things.
Another thing I have discovered is the luxury of simplicity. Cutting down on my possessions and electronics and such has brought about a real sense of freedom! I really look forward to see if I continue to feel the freedom, or if i start to become frustrated.
Im sorry if this blog feels scrambled–already so much has happened that it is difficult to put everything into words! I do hope this has give you at least a little better image of what is going on right now.
This week is a lot of rest, orientation, and learning our way around the city. I believe next week we start meeting with the street children.
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