Sunday, July 20, 2008

Oh Argentina

This was our last full weekend in Argentina and I don't think I could have come up with a better way to spend Saturday.  We took at train downtown and walked through Parque 3 de Febrero.  It was a beautiful day - there was a lake with paddle boats and swans, people were rollerblading and biking with their families, and we had chorizo sandwiches.  We went to MALBA - Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.  It was the best art museum I've ever been to - big enough to keep you occupied for a good 2 hours but not too big to feel overwhelming, and all of the pieces were just awesome.  There was a good mix of traditional and modern pieces and different mediums, and Buenos Aires is such a huge cultural center that it's able to host some big-name pieces by people like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. We walked by the zoo, ran into Barney on the street, and spent some time at the artesan fair in Palermo before having dinner at the vegetarian chinese buffet for the third time around and finding a bar to finish the night in. 

Today my host parents had an asada with some of the extended family and invited Molly over.  They are such a wonderful family - it feels so good to come to a foreign country and be welcomed into a family and feel right at home.  After being here for a month I really do feel at home - the grocer on the corner always greets me on my way to the train in the morning, the ticket collectors on the train and the people on the gym know us, and by now the layout of the city makes sense and it's so easy to get where we need to go.  All of the things that seemed to strange a month ago now seem comfortable and familiar.

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