This Blog is Good for Something After All!

A few days ago, I stayed in Necochea with a contact I had made through this blog… guess it is good for something after all! Katie, an American ex-pat, lives there with her fiance, Daniel, and his family.  

 Necochea is a neat and tidy little tourist town, lying on the beach but quite cold still at the moment (or perhaps only for people like me with defective body temperatures) - I really enjoyed my time there.  This had a lot to do with the company, of course - being able to bore everyone else with my stories is always a good time for me!!

Katie and Daniel took me to see the sea lions in the port, out to an amazing steak restaurant, to multiple ice cream parlors (mmm, I was able to choose my favorite!) and to a candy store in the town center, even the beach!  I was able to try the infamous Argentinean pizza.  Perhaps best of all, Daniel’s mother cooked a couple of “muy rico” meals for the family, which temporarily included me. 

I’m always a little surprised by the hospitality I encounter as I travel.  It keeps my faith in humanity high, but it also means I’ve built up an impossibly high debt of kindness and favors that I can’t possibly come close to evening out in a lifetime.  Katie and Daniel’s family was just one example of a place where I was welcomed like a member of the family - I always appreciate this, especially being so far away from my own. To be a part of something, rather than just a solitary traveller, always makes a country feel a bit more like home.

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Also, tonight I received my second request for a TV interview!  Weee!  This time there won’t be a Spanish interpreter, so hopefully it all goes well.  Cross your fingers for me tomorrow morning.

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01
Peter
posting from United States
November 9th, 2009 7:02 pm

Great entry, nice to read about the sunny places you are in while enduring the start of the Minnesota winter.

Fingers crossed on the interview!

02
Dad
posting from United States
November 9th, 2009 7:29 pm

Cold - I wonder who it was that told you to make certatin you took a jacket because it might be cold down there. Who ever it was still stings from the gales of laughter as a certain person said, “But it’s Spring down there.”

(Well I must say it feels good to say I TOLD YOU SO!!!)

03
posting from Argentina
November 9th, 2009 8:05 pm

Malena, it was an absolute pleasure to have you stay with us. I think it’s safe to say that you captured our hearts despite the brief nature of your visit, and everyone who came to know you here in Necochea is rooting for you. Safe travels and may you find many other welcoming places along the way (oh, and yummy candy!).

Katie

04
Quita
posting from United States
November 9th, 2009 8:25 pm

love this blog, malena. great trip. auntie quita

05
Tey
posting from Mexico
November 10th, 2009 10:12 am

Magnificent photo on this blog, Malena. Hope the interview went well. And how fun that you met people through your blog. How did that happen?

06
posting from United States
November 10th, 2009 6:01 pm

The kindness of strangers will absolutely surprise you. Trust is something the rest of world still has plenty of.

Good luck with the TV interview!

07
Ramsey
posting from United States
November 10th, 2009 7:24 pm

great picture. Look forward to more!

08
posting from Brazil
November 15th, 2009 8:30 am

Wow, what a great story and what an interesting blog you have. You were very lucky to meet Katie, she’s great!

I met her back in the US before she left to live in my hometown Necochea. I was there last week, but unfortunately we couldn’t meet this time… I don’t know Daniel, but well, if he’s with Katie, he must be a great guy as well! :-)

09
posting from United States
November 23rd, 2009 11:25 am

Mucha suerte!!!

10
posting from Argentina
November 29th, 2009 10:06 am

Thank you so much to everyone who replied!

Gracias Diego!

Gabriel, glad to hear from you and I did have a wonderful time exploring Necochea with Katie :)

Brian, your words about trust ring very true to me - amazing how much exists in the rest of the world