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Another four year tradition is being at the El Refugio cross on Easter morning for a simple worship service. We focus on the resurrection as we look at the crude cross and the beautiful mountains beyond. Most come from home and have their matching Sunday outfits and hot brunch items ready. We come from two days of camping and look a bit more bedraggled. After the service we head down the mountain together for a communal brunch. Afterward we send the kids off into the prayer garden for a chaotic ...

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Our fourth annual camping trip went off without a hitch. We've figured out how to streamline things and were up on the mountain and set up in no time. We tried out some new camp food, with campfire pita pizzas, s'mores ice cream cones, and more. We skipped our usual perimeter hike, we played Dutch Blitz under the canopy while trying to keep our cards from blowing in the wind. The older kids did throwing knives, the little girls couldn't keep their hands off the walkie talkies, and there was hamm...

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World Cup fever started in March with the official sticker book. But of course the real frenzy began in June when 3-4 games a day started playing. We watched games in our tv which we had to move to the coffee table for better internet reception, we watched at Brown's when our internet was down, we made pancakes for Cumbre Alta interns while they watched, we watched Argentina lose terribly to Croatia at the CCI food court. Father's Day was spent eating and watching games with no kid interruptions...

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For the past year we've let a lot of holidays pass us by. With my new travel/work schedule it's hard to stay on top of more than the week in front of us. But those times to get away are important to us so we were determined to plan ahead. We found a great condo on the beach thru airbnb that accommodated us and the Passmores perfectly and was just a one minute walk from our favorite beach restaurant. We spent 4 days, 3 nights living the beach life. Our first day we usually get there just in time ...

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While I had to go to Baños overnight for a work trip, Nate drove to Ibarra to spend the day at Meji's farm. This has been a dream of Canaan's because he wanted to ride the horses. Meji was a great host, letting them feed the horses, ride and care for them.    Add new comment...

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In January Nate worked hard and taught both kids to ride a bike with no training wheels. This might seem a little late for US families but when you live in a city rocked by steep hills and broken sidewalks it's hard to find a surface to learn to ride. But Nate was patient and determined and these kids were off! Here we are riding at the old airport on the airstrip. Pretty nice view, eh?   Add new comment...

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We had one last morning in Buenos Aires, so we checked out of our hotel but left our bags with the concierge. We headed to a neighborhood we hadn't visited yet and let the kids play at the park. We ate an early lunch at a restaurant a few blocks away (one of the few open with it being New Years Day) and ended up really happy with some fresh, wood-fire pizza at a sidewalk table.  We walked to the Japanese gardens, which wasn't open and ended up using the last of our pesos and a few dollars t...

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We started the day off in a neighborhood I'd never visited at a street fair. We snagged some cheap Messi jerseys. An unexpected delight was a store devoted solely to dulce de leche. They had at least 14 different varieties, all available for sample. The kids and I made sure to try each and every one. (A great start to breakfast, right?) It was pretty fascinating how differently they did all taste and we had definite favorites. Sheep vs cow milk, texture, thickness and so much more.  We grab...

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My birthday landed on our 2nd day in Argentina. Nate walked ten blocks to a place that advertised good churros, only to discover it wasn't open. We went to a little french bakery and got some pastries and then went around the corner to a classic Argentine, cheap panaderia where they sell little breads and pastries by weight. We ate in the park before hiking over to watch a changing of the guards near the clock. From there we headed to one of the main train stations, which was massive. The kids l...

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We took an early morning flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires. After some stressful back and forth through the airport after they kept changing our departure gate and leave time we finally boarded a tiny plane without three other people, including one apparently quite famous Colombian boy band singer. In 30 minutes we were in BA and the heat hit us. No more ocean breeze to greet us. Just piles and piles of traffic. It took an hour to get to our hotel (on the return trip it took about 25 minute...

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