A closing chapter…

Apologies for not posting in a while.  No news is good news, right?  My parents were with us for the last three weeks.  We did some nice traveling in the north of Argentina.  We visited beautiful towns and landscapes in the northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy.  It was my mother’s first visit to Latin America!  My parents also followed us in our daily routines here in Mendoza and were quite taken with our many activities and the wonderful people that have come into our lives here.

About two months ago we made the decision to leave our apartment in Mendoza and travel before returning to the U.S.  For the last three days we have been packing up  our material possessions, assessing just how we will bring everything back.  We have almost got it down to a reasonable amount.  Tomorrow we are off to Santiago, Chile for the weekend, and then we are off to Bolivia and Peru.  In the mean time, a friend has offered us a place to store everything while we are away.

Today was the girls’ last day of school.  It was emotional for all of us.  They both left school with huge envelopes full of cards and gifts from their classmates.  We thanked the staff and teachers and walked away from the school for the last time.

In Peru we plan to spend at least two weeks doing volunteer work at two different sites.  One is called Suai Wari, near Cuzco, where we will work with local youth, teaching, playing, and tutoring, as well as helping with chores.  And later we will visit a farm closer to the Amazon, where we will also work with local children as well as doing chores on our hosts’ farm.  The girls are excited, as are we.  We hope it will be a nice way to close out our year abroad.  In mid July we return to Mendoza to collect our things and fly home.

There are many pictures that I would like to have posted, including the film of our bike trip, but there just hasn’t been time.  Jenny has been much more active with her blog, so better to read her food blog for ‘gastro-oriented’ updates on our travels.  See goodlifecooking.com

If time and online access permits, we will post more on the blog during our travels.  If not, upon our return I will post some updates with photos.  But for now, thanks for reading!

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About jdicus

I am a Spanish and social studies teacher on year-long sabbatical in Mendoza, Argentina. Our family consists of myself, wife Jenny Breen, and daughters Solana and Frances. With this blog we endeavor to chronicle our experience living abroad.
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5 Responses to A closing chapter…

  1. Laura Johansson says:

    What a milestone…the last day of school. I’m sure hard to leave in some ways. But happy travels you guys. I hope you have a wonderful 5 weeks or so of travel. Nice that you are leaving Mendoza on a high note.

    FYI -some Santiago favorites for us… Cerro Santa Lucia right by Bellas Artes – Dan would jog along the parque Forestal and the fort on top of the Cerro Santa Lucia is super fun to hike up. Funky neighborhood, close to el Centro but a little quieter (I think the gay quarter actually). We’d often stay at the Foresta Hotel right there. I think Pablo Neruda’s house is fun to visit over by Cerro Cristobal too.
    Anyways, enjoy the travels – can’t wait to see all the pictures… and we’ll be psyched to see you guys in July!!!

    Con mucho cariño,
    Laura, Dan, Grace, y Teo

  2. Janet Johnson says:

    What an amazing year and sabbatical, for the whole family. I celebrate such a great year for you and it is still happening. Wishing you the best in your travels and you volunteering. Look forward to seeing you, Jenny and the girls later this summer! – Janet

  3. Safe and happy travels for your family Jon! What an amazing country and such a momentous year for all of you. I think the best is yet to come, with your volunteer work. Looking forward to hearing all of your adventures and seeing you on the block again.
    Heidi

  4. trockdan says:

    Looking forward to welcoming you back! Safe travels.

  5. Bruce says:

    Buen viaje! Sounds like you have some great adventures planned to follow up on the year in Mendoza. What a great experience for you all and now to be able to experience other countries as well. you will always have a place to stay in Mendoza with new friends made over the past year. We look forward to having you back here but in the meantime enjoy your travels.

    Cuzco is a fascinating city. How did they cut those stones? There is one stone in the museum in the city that has 37 corners. The Incan stone work survived earthquakes while the Spanish work on top of it did not survive the shaking.

    Looking forward to the slideshow when you get home.

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