Home is wherever we are, and Mendoza is where we are now

Dear Nicalai,

We moved to Mendoza, Argentina in mid-September. That’s where they make a wine called Malbec. That may be Papa’s favorite wine, and that may be why we came to Mendoza. I don’t know.  What do you think?

Anyway, Mendoza is home now, and I’m not complaining.  In fact, I’m very happy here.  Nona found us a very comfortable AirBnB apartment to live in while we’re here.

Doesn’t Nona and Papa’s bedroom look appealing?

Doesn’t Nona and Papa’s bedroom look appealing?

Our apartment is a very modern place, but it has a homey feel to it, with kitchen, a roof top terrace, and easy walking to the shopping district and parks.

Speaking of homes and parks, they are just loaded with birds, and one type of bird has a strange name. The hornero (that name means “oven”)  has one the nicest homes in the park. You’ll see why it’s called an “oven bird.”

Doesn’t this hornero bird nest look very modern but also very homey, all at the same time?  Also, doesn’t the nest look like a little wood oven?

Doesn’t this hornero bird nest look very modern but also very homey, all at the same time?  Also, doesn’t the nest look like a little wood oven?

It’s spring here, so birds were making their new nests.  The hornero makes its nest out of mud. We watched a couple of horneos bringing mud up into a tree one beak-full at a time to build one of these beautiful nests.  Imagine how much work that takes them.

Where you are in North America, the fall season has begun, but, here in South America the seasons are reversed.  So, when September comes, spring arrives here.  We saw evidence of spring all around, and we smelled it too.

The many flowering trees, bushes, and vines provide the park and the city with lovely fragrances . Papa says that “fresh air is always better than airfreshener.”

The many flowering trees, bushes, and vines provide the park and the city with lovely fragrances . Papa says that “fresh air is always better than airfreshener.”

I especially feel at home when we walk in our neighborhood. The trees create arches over our street, and I feel like I am walking in a living room with a vaulted ceiling.

Imagine getting to walk down this street everyday.  That’s what we do here at home in Mendoza!

Imagine getting to walk down this street everyday.  That’s what we do here at home in Mendoza!

Oh, hey, another thing that we do is to go out for breakfast sometimes.  We go to a special place not far from our apartment. It’s called Anna’s Bistro.

Anna’s Bistro serves french-type pastries in the morning. Mornings are when we like to go there, but they have good lunches and suppers too.

Anna’s Bistro serves french-type pastries in the morning. Mornings are when we like to go there, but they have good lunches and suppers too.

I like to pretend that we’re visiting our own Auntie Anna in California when we go to this bistro. It’s homey and has a pretty interior design, just like Auntie Anna would have.

So, now you know about our new home in Mendoza.  I wish you could come for a visit, because I know you would like it, and you could practice your Spanish too. Bye! I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

September 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
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