-After church there was a luncheon for the family leaving to Montreal and I got to meet Isjaneth who is the coolest. It felt soooo good to speak in Spanish and of course, she is a steel magnolia like so many of the incredible women I met in Argentina.
-Later that evening we headed over to Isjaneth's house to make arepas and hang with the family. I feel pretty good about being able to make them on my own as long as I can find the right kind of corn flour. Trust me, I want to make these at home, and you want me to invite you over for dinner :) After dinner we played games with the kids--who I adore. Joel is a mischievous little boy who is just silly and such a character. Sarah is incredibly smart and eager to learn. Sarah sang for us and then got on the piano and performed some of the songs she has written. They're good, mark my words you will hear this girl on the radio someday. You just don't expect to hear a voice like she has coming from an 8-9 year old.
-I was seriously grinning from ear-to-ear by the time we left. It just felt so good to attend a normal family ward and feel needed in a calling and to spend time with an awesome family and speak Spanish. It felt almost a little bit like the mission.
-Monday I started to notice all of the creatures that live in Florida. I found frogs (or maybe that was Tuesday?) by the outside trash can and I snapped a picture of this little guy after I noticed a few of them hanging from the outside of Makamae's windows.
-We also hit up Ybor City. This is the place I would live if I were to move to Tampa. We were on a mission to find this Cuban Bakery I had read about online called La Segunda Bakery. You can read more about it HERE if you want :) Once again here are some pictures of the bakery that I didn't think to take and a picture of my guava turnovers.
|Mmmmm, guava pastries!|
-That night we had Alona over for dinner and I made empanadas. You can buy the tapas at Wal-mart and pretty much any other grocery store in Tampa. I'm a little jealous that I can't just go to my regular grocery store to pick up some tapas. I made them a little bit too spicy since I threw some cayenne pepper in the picadillo but a little kick never hurt anyone. They turned out lovely.
-Tuesday we hit up the Hyde Park shopping area to visit some boutiques. The Hyde Park neighborhood reminds me a little bit of a those picture perfect neighborhoods with well kept old mansions in Southeast Portland. The buildings and homes are old but beautifully restored/upkept. It upkept a word? You know what I mean though, like, maintained. Super trendy though; I'm glad Mak thought to take me here.
|Can't seem to find the link where I borrowed this image from--don't sue me people.|
|Can you tell I loved the archways and the iron detail at the top?|
|Isn't it just so charming?|
|This is Ybor City, I loved the brick roads!|
-Wednesday I didn't take any pictures. We did head back to La Segunda for more guava tarts and turnovers. Mak made pitas for me and they came in real handy when I started to get hungry at the airport.
-I totally home aloned it through the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport because our plane landed as my plane to Salt Lake began boarding. Of course we taxied for EVER and then people taking their sweet time getting off the plane. Then, I found out I need to get to a different concourse and had to take the shuttle thing which had numerous stops before I could finally get off in the right area and run to my gate. I got there 2 minutes before scheduled take-off. Whew, glad I made home!