Sunday, June 10, 2007

Back to Texas!

3 flights, 4 airports, and 22 hours later I will be back in Texas.
I had a great time here in Cordoba, Argentina - one I will never forget.

Thanks to all of Scott's friends for making me feel welcome and for such a fun time! I'm glad I'm able to put names with faces

Scott - Thanks for making "Mi Casa es Su Casa" - You gave up your bedroom, bathroom, and half your closet and drawers for me, and showed me a wonderful time!!

If y'all ever get the chance, come down to Argentina and visit Scott! Remember,"there's always room for one more!" Chau!

Jenni's Last Night in Argentina

To celebrate my last night in Argentina, we went to the most amazing restaurant/tango show called El Arrabel. It's a well-known restaurant in Cordoba that has a concert and professional tango show while you eat. It was my favorite place that we went to! The food was amazing, and the tango dancing was unlike anything I had seen seen! People come from all over the world to see the show! If you get the chance to visit Scott, The El Arrabel is a MUST!! It was a fun ending to such a great trip!!! You can see some pictures below and also check out their website at

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Villa General Belgrano and Gratitude

Yesterday Scott and I and some of his friends here from South Carolina all went to a German town called Villa General Belgrano. It's an artsy craftsy little place that is rustic and surrounded by rivers, creeks, and huge mountains. It's a 2 hour bus ride outside of the city. The scenery was beautiful and the mountians were amazing!! These were real moutains unlike the ones that we call mountains in the "hill country" of Texas.


1)I am grateful for Highland Park High School in Dallas donating football uniforms and pads, Scott's football team here in Argentina, and Scott getting all the bags through customs. Scott's football team here in Cordoba is now the 3rd team out of ALL of South America to have football uniforms and equipment!!! When Scott presented it to the team last Saturday, the news and newspaper reporters were all there.

2) I am grateful for Damion and Marcello - two guys from the university on the football team that drove 12 hours in a car as small as a volkswagon bug to meet Scott and I in Buenos Aires to pick up the football equipment and drive 12 hours back. When they saw all the equipment, they had tears in there eyes, and said it was a dream come true. They started putting on the uniforms in the airport parking lot!!

3)I am grateful for fresh sliced tomatoes that come on the pizza's here. They don't have pepperoni or even know what it is, so the most popular pizza is cheese and fresh tomatoes. It's delicious!

4)I am grateful for Bombon Caserrato flavor ice cream - I get it every day! It's the bomb!!!

5)I am grateful for The Feria - Mom's and Pop's come from all the country to set up their arts and crafts stands on the weekends only here in downtown Cordoba.

6)I am grateful for Merienda - Because dinner is so late, everyone has "merienda" at 6 or so. It's after siesta and right before dinner. This is a time to meet friends in coffee shops or have snacks with friends in the home. Merienda can last 3 hours!! A popular drink for Merienda is Mate (pronounced like latte but with an M). I have yet to try it - their sales picth to me is that is tastes like a cross between seaweed and fresh cut grass. It's popular for everyone to drink it from the same cup.

7)I am grateful for the 2 young girls I ran into when I had been completely lost for at least 20 min.(I take after my cuz, Brandon when it comes to directions) who happened to be sophomores studying translation, so they could understand me and get me back.

8)I am grateful for Fernando teaching me the word "Che" - it means "Hey" here. So, if I foget someone's name or can't pronounce it, I say "Che, Como Esas?" It's like saying "Hey, how are you?" in English. It works great!

8)I am grateful for Scott's door man at his aprtment who will always buzz me in, so I don't have to look for the key.

9)I am graeful for all the tile sidewalks and every store having different tile in front of it. There are about 25 different pattern of tiles from Scott's apartment to the coffee shop.

10)I am grateful for getting to go to Scott's church and Amazing Grace! We went last Sunday at 8 - that's P.M. not A.M. (the church services are at night) I didn't understand a word of the message, but when they started playing "Amazing Grace" - I immediataly recognized the tune and began to sing along - IN English that is. Amazing Grace...How sweet the sound no matter what side of the equator you are on.

11)I am grateful for the Panaderia (bread bakery) that fills the air the minute you turn the corner from Scott's street. I would be as big as the Pillsbury dough boy if I lived here! They make the best sweet rolls and cookies!

12)I am grateful for the Disco grocery store. I can't read any of the products or labels, but I can understand the 70's disco music that is playing.

13)I am grateful that there is "always room for one more" - Everytime people get together at Scott's or David's apartment for Merienda or dinner, it will be packed -standing room only - and the buzzer will ring and David or Scott will answer, "Sure, Come on up, There's always rooom for one more." And believe it or not, there always is! People here love to get together for meals and visit for hours.

14)I am grateful for the lady in the beauty shop, when I told her, "no comprende espanol" she talked to me for an hour staright in Spanish. I didn't know a word, but just nodded and said Si....who knows what all I said yes too!

15)I am grateful for Fernando and how God is working in his life- He is the coach and president of Scott's football team who is an atheist, but through Scott's friendship, is coming to understand Christianity. He is currently reading the whole Bible through and the book, Mere Christianiy.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

If you snooze you lose!

Hola and Good Morning! This is Jenni, Scott's sister, writing today from Classic's coffee cafe. I have to tell you about the bargains I found!! Yesterday while Scott was taking his siesta, I went to the mall (called Patio Omas). Because of the late night culture, everyone takes siesta from 1-4, and all the shops and boutiques close down - except for the mall. Here's the great bargains I found:

-Lacoste shirt - 33.00 US dollars
-Fun sparkly earrings - 6.00 US Dollars
-Silver Bracelets - .30 Cents each
-Candle for Scott's apartment (to take out the guy's dorm room smell) - 3.00 US dollars (it is ver hard to find scented candles here...only 1 shop has them all the other shops carry unscented candles...most people use incense)
-Ice Cream with all the toppings and a choice of 50 flavors - 0.75 US Dollars
-Manicure - 6.00 US Dollars

So, it is your choice...siesta or bargain hunting.....


Monday, June 04, 2007

back in argentina

Hola! Como Estas? I'm Jenni, Scott's sister, writing in today on the blog!! After traveling 24 hours, we finally made it to Cordoba, Argentina late last Thursday night. I flew back with Scott from Dallas to Argentina. I thought I'd get to relax and unwind from the long taveling hours Thursday night, but the moment we stepped in the door, neighbors and friends started flooding in (and stayed until the wee hours of the morning), and it's been a whirlwind ever since!!

It reminds me alot of New York City here except everyone speaks Spanish, and I mean EVERYONE!! If you've ever been to SoHo, you can picture Scott's neighborhood. It is great being with Scott because he translates everything for me, and I am so glad when we go to a restaurant that has pictures on the menu, so I can just point to the picture. People here walk everywhere just like Manhatten, live in high rises, and cute little coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques line the streets. If you're not in the walking mood, there's also a zillion taxes that will take you anywhere. Not all taxi's are yellow here, so I never know if it is truly a taxi or not. At first I thought we were just hitching rides from random people. I also like it here because I can afford almost all the shops that I go in to, which is a different experience from when I shopped 5th Ave. last summer, where I couldn't afford hardly anything I picked up!

No one here thinks about dinner until about 11:00 and the restaurants don' get crowded until midnight and stay open until 3-4 am. They also love to eatr dessert, so that is served at around 1:00 after you finish dinner.

Everyone loves Escot (that's how the Argentine's say Scott's name) here, and he is even a hero to some. He has been in the newspaper and on the news in the 3 days I've been here, the girls in his aparment building make him homemade pizza, and all the people in the coffee shops and cafe's know him by name and have his order ready for him when he arrives. Reminds me of Seinfeld! No wonder Escot loves it here! As they say in Argentina, Chau and kiss kiss (they always kiss when they greet and leave)


P.S.Don, there is no chai tea latte here just regular coffee...been hard for me to adjust.