Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Travel with us and see the country....LOTS of it!

*Written Tuesday night and posted Wednesday afternoon. There's no internet at the conference site; must travel to the next little town for wifi when the little store there is open so don't expect me to be around Blogville much this week :-)

We arrived at conference only five hours late. We’re learning the distance on the map can look surprisingly small but take three times as long as you think. We were on the road for two days; about 11 hours the first day, and over 7-1/2 the second.

For those who remember my answer to #3 on the last Random Dozen, although I’ve become more relaxed about the time issue, being five hours late was an eensy weensy teeny tiny itty bit beyond my comfort zone. However... the day was beautiful and we enjoyed the journey!

We were surprised at how different the landscape was, after simply crossing over the Uruguay River. I could wax poetic about the gently rolling hills, pastures and fields extending as far as the eye could see, groves and orchards scattered about, farm animals grazing, lakes shimmering in the sunlight... Even more important, CLEARLY MARKED ROADS. What a difference a simple road sign can make in the life of a weary traveler! As anxious as I was to get here, knowing we were on the right road eased my mind immeasurably.

I knew I’d forget a few things. So far the most missed item is bug spray. Mosquitos abound. I’m just thankful I did remember to stick in the Raid plug-in repellent for our room. We should at least sleep bug-free tonight. Speaking of bugs, we spent last night in Colon, Argentina. It’s right on the river and the mosquitos there are vicious!

When we arrived in town, we stopped to visit a friend of Ivan’s and meet his family. We sat outside for a while because it was much cooler but I think if I’d weighed fifty pounds less (okay, 100 pounds less) the mosquitos might have carried me off.

We were so impressed with the house Girardo and his wife, Angela, have built. They carried rocks from fields, loading their little car to its limit each time, to build the foundation. It took them five years from start to finish. Girardo teaches carpentry to secondary students and he’s a master at restoring or re-purposing items. He turned part of his grandmother’s old wheelbarrow into a small table. He built a desk using doors and scrap lumber. They collected and refinished old doors and windows (and designed their house around what they had). I could go on and on about their ingenuity -- what a lovely young couple who have every right to be proud of what they’ve accomplished together!

I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together this week at conference. We’re focusing on “one another” and what that means biblically. Our area director shared a great passage tonight in the first general session:
 “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) 
 Can you imagine what a difference it would make if Christians would actually do that?!


Kay said...

I love that.. with once voice. Reminds me of going to BSF. So many different kinds of ladies but we all come together to worship and discuss our God with one voice.. one heart.

I don't see how you handle the skeeters. I would just die!

The Bug said...

Sounds like a nice trip - although I would have been stressing about the time too!

I wish I was ingenious like your friends - it would probably save me a lot of money!

Have a good time at the conference - we'll see you when we see you!

Betty said...

Five hours late, huh? That would be hard for me to take as well! :)
Hope you enjoy the conference and be blessed!

rita said...

What is the connection w/ G & A? Would I have known them?

SusanD said...

Glad you arrived safe and sound. Enjoy your time of renewing. Can't wait to see photos of that house. Blessings, SusanD

Debbie said...

Five hours late would have killed me! As would those mosquitoes!
Hope it is going well.

Lhoyt said...

These interchanges have really shown me the importance of 'networking', and Ivan seems to have a masters' degree in that subject. Most of the time when you mention someone I have a good idea who you are talking about. I can place them either in Argentina, Winona Lake, Florida, or Michigan. but I was totally lost when you mentioned Gerardo and Angela. Which phase of Argentina is that from, Don Bosco, Almafuerte, Haedo or Santa Rosa?

Lhoyt said...

Your impressions of Uruguay are interesting. When I visited there, I felt like I had been transported to my childhood, 30 some years earlier in Argentina. Everything looked so much more bucolic and peaceful, and generally speaking all looked better kept up.