Written quite a while back…
Much has happened since Buenos Aires. I mean A LOT!
We had a pleasant stay in Buenos Aires. Honestly the place is a superb place to visit, but the people are so hard and cold, it would be a difficult city to live in, even less to work in. But it was a good stay and we were warmly welcomed and sent on to Chile.
BA Airport (from Hell)
We arrived at the Buenos Aires International Airport and ended up staying seven hours to get to the front of the line to be told we were not flying, slept four hours in a nice hotel on the main avenue of BA, 9 de Julio (all on Aerolíneas Argentinas’ buck), arrived at the airport around 5A to wait 14 hours for our 7:30A flight to Santiago. Oh the joys of world travel.
Well because of the delays with the airline we missed the retreat we were going to start our time off in Santiago. Our first week was visiting a local private school, St. Gabriel’s, to do language and cultural exchanges with classes, i.e. telling who we are and the playing games for two hours. Well to make it short, our time in St. Gabe’s went very well. Our second week was focused on visiting university campuses to meet students interested in English study. We invited those we met in the daytime to activities we had in the evenings. Lot’s of fun – balloon soccer, most disgusting pizza contest, etc. Good fun.
We also had times of play in Chile. Skiing, AFCSA vs. missionaries soccer, a flop of a 42 tourney, El Oasis, sight seeing, trip to Valparaiso/Viña del Mar. Great fun. Chile was fantastic.
We had the opportunity on the flight in to go in to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, for lunch before catching our next flight to Cochabamba. We were received well by the team there. We worked on several small work projects and passed out some flyers near the church. It was a great place to transition back in to the return to Texas – more freedom and warmer weather.
AFCSA was superb and all who went, received us, supported us are very much thanked by me for making it a top-notch trip.