9 de Julio
9 de Julio Travel Blog› entry 38 of 49 › view all entries
December 17th, 2007 – by: bvanb
I never got to eat with everyone because the dinning room is in the forbidden area, so mostly I ate alone with my tia for every meal. After lunch there is an hour of recreation, the first one was “let’s interview Bridgit hour,” and yesterday was “Bridgit teaches the nuns salsa,” and they taught me folk dances.
After recreation is siesta, which is taken very seriously in the small cities and towns of the country. A practice that I love and will implement in the States when I am president. Siesta is followed by chill time and a little before 7pm is a psalm singing service. After this it is time to prepare dinner and after dinner we sleep. Well, they sleep and I write this. They awake at 5:30am have mass and start all over again.
On Saturday tia arranged for a friend of the convent to come pick me up and take me around the small city for a tour. The city is very typical with a center plaza which spreads out into the main commercial area, which expands into the residences, which soon becomes quintas, and then farms. Quintas are like villas, large plots of land with oversized homes, personal pools, a lot of grass and some other plants.
After the tour I met the daughter, Pilar, who is just lovely, and her friends. The girls were very nice and inclusive, enthusiastic with their questions about the boys in our country (if they cheat as much as they do here), what are those white sweet things the we put in the fire and then eat (…do you have it? It must of took me 5 minutes to figure it out what they were talking about, with some reference to Homer Simpson, I was thinking doughnuts.
9 de Julio also has a lovely park dedicated to Jose San Martin, who is the national war hero. And a few other parks here and there. There is also inadequate room in the school system for all of the children so parents wait in line for days to get their kids in.
Tomorrow I begin the next adventure of my trip. I leave bright and early to Buenos Aires, where I will eat lunch, a Freddo ice cream cone, get my bag and head to the main intercity/province transportation station called Retiro. From here I will take a bus with beds on an 18+ hours trip to Chilecito, where more family is waiting for me.
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