Monday, January 28, 2008

around the city

Hello again. I just wanted to share some photos of us in the city from the last few weeks.This is a picture of Bariloche from our window.
This is another picture of the city from our window.
This one's taken from our sun room after the moon rise.
Here's Phoebe with a street performer (one of the statue people).
Here's Phoebe (can't really see her, I know)and Naomi showing off balloon animals they got from a street clown.
Here's Chloe learning to spin a basketball on a stick. She was chosen from the audience. The man in the photo is a very talented acrobat/trapeze artist at the artisan's market who performs nightly.
This is a beautiful stained glass window inside the big cathedral downtown. The cathedral was full of intricate wood carvings, statues, and of course many more amazing stained glass windows.
Here's Phoebe near the pews (only a little blurry).
This is inside the cathedral.

This is also inside the cathedral. As you can see this city is really incredible, it's no wonder people from all over the world come to see it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hola , estamos muy bien!

(for the gringos: Hello, we are very well). Summer here in the city is shaping up to be very exciting time! There are clowns on the street and in the center square. They make balloon animals and do tricks and keep my kids very excited. Down on Mitre there are people painted silver and posed as statues, who delight the children by coming to "life" for a few coins in their jar. There's also jugglers, musicians and acrobats on the street corners and in the outdoor theater of the artiseans market up the road.
From our sun room we have an amazing view of the city and lake. Every few days people jump out of planes and glide over the city past our windows, in a parachute, to land next to the water (the kids love it, but I always feel anxious for these daredevils).
On the corner by our condo is a puppet show that reminds me I'm in a foreign country. It's called "100% negro" and is basically a collection of puppets straight out of the "Jim Crow" era. The chorus girl puppets flash their panties at the audience and are sculpted in a racially offensive way. It's shocking how many people gather to watch this display. I think the only black people in this country are vacationing Brazilians.
My Spanish is awful. Getting a phone and a lease for our condo was really difficult, and fortunately the local people were very patient with us. I find that hours after speaking to someone I finally realize what they were trying to say. After talking to my friend Celeste I recently discovered why the ladies at the bakery were always laughing at me. I was mispronouncing the word for "bread" ( it turns out I was asking for "penis"). So, ummm...... I go to a different bakery now.
Anyway, we just hired a Spanish tutor and will be starting next week. Betina will be working with Mike and I, and Vero will work with the girls. Mike and I have started getting loads more work done here in our new condo, even though the girls are still on summer break. So I guess this means we're feeling more at home now.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year!

We've had such a busy 2 weeks. Christmas was so different here. It stays light past ten o'clock at night this time of year so it was impossible to get the kids to bed. Chloe was still awake at midnight when the city exploded with fireworks and people shouting "Feliz Navidad!".

On New Year's Eve we moved to our new apartment. For New Year´s we just did our best to keep the kids awake and they were so excited to see the fireworks from our sun room that overlooks the city and the lake. We also bought a kilo of chocolate for the occasion. This city has chocolate shops everywhere(even a chocolate factory), and the prices are good for specialty chocolate. It turns out a kilo is a A LOT of chocolate and we still haven´t finished it!

Right now we've all come down with colds, but we´re excited to be in our new place. Have a wonderful 2008 everyone!
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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