Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lanus City




This is the centre of Lanus, the shire where my childhood home belongs to. Here is where all the buses converge to go the different suburbs, city and so on. I have stood at this same spot countless times to come home from the shops, the writers workshop, bars and uni. The place looks the same, only more crowded, with more traffic and dirtier. So many memories!

Esta es la estacion Lanus, el suburbio al cual pertenece mi casa de la ninez. Aqui es donde todos los colectivos convergen para salir hacia los diferentes suburbios, el centro y demas. Me he parado en este mismo lugar innumerables veces para volver a casa desde los negocios, el taller literario, bares y la universidad. El lugar esta igual, solo mas lleno, con mas trafico y un poco mas sucio. Cuantos recuerdos!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Having Fun with a Box

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De Beto and Pascuas


My gorgeous niece Indiana holding crazy Lorenzo.




 My dad teaching Lorenzo naughty things and my sister trying to prevent it.





Easter with the family at my parents' house. Lots of fun playing with my niece and nephew and chatting with everyone else.


 Here I am at my sister Bettina's house. I spent a few days with them and I loved every single minute there. They made me feel like a queen and I cherished every minute I could spend chatting with them. My two nieces Sofia and Indiana are two amazing girls and I love them immensely. They are sweet, smart, beautiful and very grounded. I enjoyed laughing with them, hearing them talk, listening to Indiana's sweet singing voice and sharing some of my own experiences. I wish I could have stayed longer. My sister is an incredible mother and a beautiful person. She gave me everything, even her own bed! My brother in law, Guillermo, is an amazing person and I love him like a brother. Thank you for everything you have done while I was there. I hope one day I can do the same for you.

Aca estoy de mi hermana mayor Bettina. Pase unos dias con ellos y ame cada minuto que estuve ahi. Me hicieron sentir como una reina y valore cada minuto que pude pasar charlando con ellos. Mis dos sobrinas, Sofia e Indiana son dos chicas increibles y las amo inmensamente. Son dulces, inteligentes, hermosas y con los pies bien en la tierra. Disfrute mucho riendome con ellas, escuchandolas hablar, escuchando la dulce voz de Indiana cantando y compartiendo mis experiencias. Ojala pudiera haberme quedado mas. Mi hermana es una mama increible y una persona hermosa. Me dio todo, hasta su propia cama! Mi cunado Guillermo, es una persona exelente y lo amo como a un hermano. Gracias por todo lo que hiceron cuando estuve con ustedes. Espero algun dia poder hacer lo mismo por ustedes.


 Here I am making a cake! Aca estoy haciendo una torta.


My adored caramel ice-cream, so long I waited for you, craved for you and long to have you in my mouth. You are amazing! The best. Simply said.

Mi adorado helado de ducle de leche, tanto espere por ti, tanto te he deseado y he ansiado que estes en mi boca. Sos sensacional! El mejor. Dicho simplemente.



 My brother in law making the traditional eastern-european pasta "varenikes, piroguis,piroshkis". Delicious!




 My brother in law made me caipirinha night after night, it was yummy and kind of made me a little tipsy. He learnt to make it in his trip to Brazil whilst on holidays chasing waves.
MI cuando me hizo caipirinhas todas las noches, eran riquisimas y me dejaban un poquito mareada. Aprendio a hacerlas un su viaje a Brazil de vacaciones persiguiendo a las olas.



My brother in law and Indiana jamming together. I was so amazed by sweet niece's voice.

Abuelo


Reason number one to visit Argentina: my grandfather. He was still alive at 91 years of age suffering from vascular dementia. Early this year he was taken from his house to an old people's home as his illness made it impossible for my mum to keep looking after him. I wasn't sure whether he would recognise me when I saw him, but I tried to prepare myself for the worst. I visited him with my mum and dad in the geriatrics home where he was since January this year.
As I followed my mum down the corridors to his room I was still hopeful that even though he would look aged, his soul would still be cheerful. I thought I was prepared but I wasn't. What I saw was like taken out of a horror film, his frail body tied to a wheel chair, his arms, hands and face where hurt and he was alone. I tried really hard not to cry as my mum asked him if he knew who I was. He mumbled something I didn't understand but I didn't care I had waited long enough and it didn't matter if he knew who I was...I knew who he was and all I wanted to do was to hug him tight and tell him that I loved him.
My grandad passed away on May 6th 2013 and I miss him terribly, but I know he is no longer afraid, no longer alone and resting in peace with my beautiful grandmother.

Razon numero una para visitar Argentina: mi abuelo. Todavia estaba vivo a los 91 anos de edad sufriendo de demencia vascular. A comienzo de ano fue llevado a un geriatrico porque su enferdad hacia imposible que mi pobre made pudiera seguir cuidandolo. Yo no sabia si me iba a reconocer despues de tanto tiempo pero trate de prepararme para lo peor. Lo visite con mi mama y papa en el geriatrico donde estaba desde Enero este ano.
Mientras seguia a mi mama por los pasillos hasta su habitacion todavia tenia esperanzas de que a pesar de que lo veria muy avejentado, su alma aun seria como era antes, alegre. Pense que estaba preparada pero la verdad, no estaba. Lo que vi fue como sacado de una pelicula de terror, su cuerpo fragil atado a una silla de ruedas, su brazos, manos y cara estaban lastimadas y estaba completamente solo. Trate con todo de no llorar mientras mi mama le preguntaba si sabie quien era yo. El murmuraba palabras que yo no entendia pero no importaba, ya habia esperado bastante y no importaba si el sabia quien era yo...Yo sabia quien era EL y lo unico que queria hacer era abrazarlo fuerte y decirle que lo queria.
Mi abuelo fallecio el 6 de Marzo y lo extrano terriblemente, pero se que ahora no tiene mas miedo, no esta mas solo y descansa en paz con mi hermosa abuelita, el amor de su vida.