foto del día – 7.26.11

my new room - mi cuarto argentino.

my closet and my desk. my window looks out onto our street.

Here are a couple pictures from my room. I am feeling a little more settled now that I have had a chance to unpack my things. The paintings on the walls were all painted by my host mother who is an artist. At the end of the garden, there is a small room with windows where she often paints. I’ll try and get some pictures of the rest of the house tomorrow.

Also, tonight at dinner I tried to explain the Mall of America to Susy and a couple of her friends who were over for pizza, to no avail. They couldn’t understand why people would be so interested in visiting such a place. The fact that I compared it to a hospital probably didn’t help, but that is beside the point.

¡Hasta Pronto!

t-minus 6 days.

Assuming that I can figure out how to efficiently pack five months of my life into one rolling suitcase, one hiking pack, and one backpack, less than a week from today I will be breathing Argentine air. It is hard to believe that the time has finally come for me to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure. Although I have been feeling slight pangs of anxiety and apprehension recently, I am comforted by the fact that I now know there is a family and a home waiting for me in Mendoza. Hopefully Susana;  my soon-to-be Argentine mother, Daniela (30); my soon-to-be Argentine sister and their dog are just as excited as I am to begin this adventure.

my argentine family.

From the small amount of information I know about them, I am hopeful that I will fit right in. I couldn’t help but smile as I read the last question on what appeared to be their application. ¿Cuales son las actividades y/o hobbies de los miembros de la familia? Essentially, what are some of your families hobbies or favorite activities?  Their answer? Pinturas, Artesanías. Painting and Handicrafts. A match made in heaven. I can’t wait to meet them and finally become a part of their familia.