Category Archives: Family

Its a family affair. Solana and Frances and their mom and dad are in this together.

Rock climbing (escalada) along Rio Mendoza

Two weeks back Frances, Solana, and I joined some friends for some rock climbing along the Mendoza river. It was the girls’ first time on rock (and mine in many years). We had a good time and hope to give it … Continue reading

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Running the distance

Jenny ran the marathon in Viña del Mar, Chile.  Check out the podcast.  The weekend of December 3-4 we were fortunate to stay once again with our Minneapolis friends, Laura, Dan and kids, Theo and Grace, who are living in … Continue reading

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Birthdays for an 8-year-old MC and a 10-year-old silver medalist!

Solana and Frances turned 10 and 8 years old, respectively, in October. For the younger grades, the tradition is to invite the entire classroom to a party. Frances wanted to celebrate her party in a ‘pelotero’, which consists of a … Continue reading

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Lessons from language immersion: Había una vez… The girls read a story MP3 AUDIO

Mp3 Audio Había una vez…una casa- Once upon a time there was a house: Frances reads a story Click to hear Frances read.  Frances practiced this story several times before recording. Mp3 Audio Había una vez…un barco- Once upon a time there … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Revisited and Revised

As of 2010, Argentina has taken the step to change the name and nature of the celebration of “Columbus Day.”  It is now referred to as the “Day of Diversity” or “Día de la diversidad cultural.” Solana’s fourth grade classroom … Continue reading

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A Family Reunion- Two Expat families reunite on the other side of the world

Have you ever tried walking to a friend’s apartment but been stopped by demonstrations, tear gas, burning vehicles and clouds of black smoke?  Keep reading… For many expats and travelers, the 90-day point marks the ritual of renewing the tourist … Continue reading

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Field Hockey in Argentina

Frances and Solana have both been playing field hockey since they started school in July. Field hockey is the default feminine sport here. Soccer is beginning to be played by some adult women but it is still not a part … Continue reading

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Jenny’s take on being an ‘outsider’ and an article on the topic

We have just crossed the two-month mark in Argentina! In many ways it is amazing that we are already 1/6 of the way through this year. In other ways, I am still floundering a bit, not sure what my purpose … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: El Viento Zonda

Yesterday, Franny was listening to the Beatles’ ‘I am the Walrus’ and spinning around like a whirling dervish, in search of that certain body-mind disorientation so loved by some children. When she appeared to have attained the desired ecstasy, she promptly … Continue reading

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El Día del Maestro (Day of the Teacher)

On Friday, September 9th Argentina observed the día del maestro, or day of the teacher, and the girls’ school, San Andrés, held a special ceremony honoring their teachers (the actual holiday is Sept. 11th). “The education that leaves a lasting … Continue reading

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