Friday, January 25, 2008

Goodbye English, hello mayhem...

I just got into Córdoba this morning and it feels like it took forever. I have been travelling solo so my socializing has went to almost nothing compared to life back home. I knew this would be inevitable in the beginning, but its still difficult. Not being able to talk to people when you want is frustrating not to mention how something so small can be something so big when you are communicating in another language. The good thing here is that I was very prepared for this, and Im making it a strong point to keep myself cool and have faith that God will continue to guide me along and help me in my struggles. The flight was only about 11 hours instead of the 13 I thought it would be. Who knows where I got that number. I arrived into the Buenos Aires airport Thursday morning, took a cab to the bus center and bought a ticket. The only one available to leave that day was for the evening at 9 25, which meant a lot of time just bumming around, but Im good at that, HAHA!!! Finding the bus proved to be a heck of a situation. Buses there are referenced by their departure time, not bus number. The traveller doesnt know where the bus will be until it arrives and they announce it on the intercom. Understanding Spanish is hard enough for me right now and you can just forget about understanding an intercom. Thank the Lord, literally, this younger guy named Gustavo came out of nowhere and went out of his way to help me and get me on the right bus. Between my broken Spanish and his broken Engilsh, I made it. The trip was about 8 hours and went by in a flash. They have "coche camas" here that is essentially a double decker bus with seats that completely recline with leg supports so falling asleep is a breeze. Once I made it to the capital city, Córdoba, I caught a taxi to a hostel close by for a shower, FINALLY!!!!!, and a little bit of rest in a real bed for the first time in days. Nonetheless, Im here now and will hopefully be allowed to meet up with my host family a little earlier than planned, we ll see. The hostel Im in is a cool little place and only costs 8 bucks a night, so thats nice, and the folks there seem cool. Well, time to go cook some supper. Hope life in the States is treating everyone well. Talk to you all again in the next few weeks!

7 comments:

Kate Rouse said...

Jonah! I'm so glad I can keep up with your travels via blogging. I'm excited to hear about everything as it happens, and you will be in my prayers!

Dustin said...

Jonah, its good to hear all is well. We just had family dinner and we all certainly miss your company. Everyone was excited to see your blog and hear how you are doing. You are a good friend and we all are praying for ya. Keep on feelin us in on whats happening. Peace Brother.
Dustin

Mitchell said...

Big Bones, what would I be without my best friend. The memories you are making will be remembered by us all, you are so strong big brother to be able to do everything you do, walking in your shadow and growin up beside you has been such a joyful blessing. You be safe, I miss ya buddy, Love ya Bones Quazz

headfudge said...

Jonah,
I see you learned to use your new camera. Love your slide show...Did your arms get tired shooting all those pictures? All kidding aside, we missed you last night at the dinner table. Take care, Cates

Sarah said...

Hi Jonah! Great to hear you've arrived safely. I've put a link to your blog on the IP homepage, www.berry.edu/academics/study.

Cuidate! Sarah

jennyjeep33 said...

JONAH! What is the DEAL!?!? Where are more updates?!?!? It's not like your being introduced to a brand new EVERYTHING, comon now! JK, just want to hear like how every MOMENT is going so I can pretend I'm you. :) I hope things are amazing and you're able to find that balance we talked about. Jenny

Shea said...

BONES!!! AY BAY BAY!!!! I am so frikin proud of you for everything that you are doing! You are such an inspiration and the best big bro I could ask for, that goes to my other big bro too. I love you so very very much and know that you are exactly where you are suppose to be! Much much love from the Esteps. Love you, your little sis