This week has been rather interesting, and INCREDIBLY busy. We arrived on Tuesday morning, and it has been non-stop ever since. We came to Jonathan's apartment to drop off our stuff, and then we began looking around Caballito a little bit. That evening he had a welcome to Argentina party for us with some of the young adults of the church (about fifteen people were there.) On Wednesday we went downtown to the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and we registered for language school. We had to take a written test first, then have a ten minute "interview" in spanish with one of the language teachers. Megan and I were both placed in Beginner Level B, kind of like a second semester class. (Both of us wrote well, but had a hard time with verbal comprehension.) We then went exploring for a little while, walking around Avenidas Florida and Sante F
e, visiting a bookstore, shopping for a couple of necessities, and then visiting the national cathedral and the Tomb of San Martin (the Liberator of Argentina and Chile.) Megan wasn't feeling well that evening, so she stayed home while I went to the youth meeting. The singing was amazing, and I was even able to make a statement in the Bible study. I felt pretty amazed at how quickly I was "taken in" by the group. They are very sweet people. That evening I traveled on the subway here by myself for the first time.
On Thursday we had an end meeting with the current LST team and discussed handing over some of their students. Then Megan and I found a bank on our own, withdrew money from the ATM, and went exploring around Caballito. We walked back to Jonathan's apartment, took a quick nap, then went out for cafes y medias lunas (coffee time with coffee and croissants.) Then we went to the Bible study at the Valdez's. However, after spending time with one of my future students, Gabriel, we didn't get home until after 1:30, and we didn't get in bed until almost 3. But that is ok. We are sleeping in right now!
We begin reading with LST readers on Monday. We are going to read for five hours a day while in language school, reading from 3 in the afternoon until 8. That was the Valdez's suggestion. We are also beginning to explore the city, and we are having a blast. We are loving the people we have met at church, and are excited to be a part of the work here.
We can't wait to start language school and begin having a deeper understanding of the people that we are working with.
God bless you guys. I am attaching some pictures so you can see what all we've been up to. We love you! Talk to you all soon!