Friday, August 30, 2013

Taxis, Buses, Subways, and Planes


We got up on Friday morning, August 23rd, and got everything packed. Weighing our suitcases again and putting some items aside to send home with Raymond later next week. It's always a challenge to get it all just right!! To me, this is the most stressful part of traveling. I do all the packing and preparations. By the time I get to our destination, my main job is done!

We took a taxi to the IMB building where we met up with our crew. Laura was our hostess for the day. She literally guided us all over the place. We walked from the IMB building to a bus stop where we caught a bus to get to a place to get on the subway! Whew!


Subway models?



Subway entertainment



Two girls sang on the subway - for tips of course!

Subway tiles/art created in 1913- great backdrop for John and Kaye





Mark posed for me (again). Such a good sport!



View from the subway exit. Beautiful!



We set off to find the El Establo Restaurant, the place our a pilot friend told us about. He says it's his favorite restaurant in the whole world. Laura was so sweet to make sure we got to go there before we left BA. 

Here it is!



 It was a great restaurant. They let Laura eat free because she was our "guide". She really was! 
Mark ordered the "bifa de loma" (fancy steak)


Its a favorite of Pilots

Raymond takes another "selfie". He really got good at that. :)





Florida Street. This is a very upscale shopping area. Lots of shops. Tons of people. It was fascinating to see all of the young adults in this area. They were beautiful people! 




More people - Here's a young mother on her cell phone. and a shoe-shine man.

Street musicians


Throngs of people crossed the streets at every intersection.

 And then there's Raymond. Here, at the news stand...
 Here with the police woman, pretending to be handcuffed

He had me take this shot of him with this man because he thought they looked alike!

And more... :)
 





 This is a mall off of Florida St!




After a wonderful day in the beautiful city, we headed to the airport where we made it through all check points successfully! We settled in on our airplane for our 10.5 hour flight to Atlanta. I got a window seat! (Well, Mark probably had it, but gave it to me)

Our flight left at around 8:25 p.m. 
And this is what I saw out my window:


The lights of Buenos Aires go on as far as the eye can see. A huge city of 13 million people. 
I read this verse when I got home:

"He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
 from heaven the Lord viewed the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, 
to release those appointed to death." Psalm 102:19-20


"Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" John 4:36




Thursday, August 29, 2013

Graffiti and Good Friends

Buenos Aires is covered in graffiti. On every building. Everywhere. As a point of research I saw a website about graffiti that referred to it as "art crimes - the writing on the wall".  It features pictures of beautiful graffiti paintings on walls in big cities. Some of the graffiti is just that - really pretty artwork. And some is pure vandalism. One way or the other, we saw lots of it in BA!
We had the opportunity to visit a building belonging to a local church there which had been recently used to house the "Punk Church". I would love to meet those members! They had painted graffiti on the outside of the building as well as on several walls inside. They even had classes on graffiti painting!  Here's the front of the building (wow!)

And on the inside:



Not sure what that is on the black wall..

                        



  • Pastor Hugo giving us the tour

 On the terrace




And then there's this...painted on the wall of the terrace. I think it says: "Not all angels are beautiful".

Here's our group! Pastor Hugo's church owns the building, but his church meets in another place - It's the church we attended on our second Sunday in BA. This building has just been vacated since the Punk Church moved out - for lack of enough space. :)

Then, that night we had a wonderful dinner at Kevin and Laura's apartment. Their home was filled with warmth, laughter, and friends. It was a great celebration of our two weeks together. 

Here's our sweet little hostess making lemonade for us all.

Missionary Journeyman, Stacey, played with the children. 


And here's Stacey with Laura. Love them!


Kevin has this map hanging on his office wall. It's the city of Buenos Aires with the areas marked that are being reached by a church or ministry. 



We stayed in this little room for two weeks. And thoroughly enjoyed it! It had its own bathroom and wifi. What more could you ask? 


Some of our appliances (curling iron and hairdryer) had to be plugged in through a converter. Some worked with just an adaptor - like computer etc.  Here's the converter they got for us from the IMB building. It's ancient! and it literally weighed around 25 pounds! (if not more). But, it worked almost perfectly. The plugs kept wanting to fall out, but other than that...

                                 
Here are my artsy clothespin shots taken from the rooftop of our building.



Our Hotel manager was super nice and spoke a tiny bit of English. His wife, however, was fluent in English.

More rooftop..
 Looking down into the courtyard of the hotel.

rooftop terrace :)

The very next day we started our journey back to the USA...