Monthly Archives: June 2016

Making Friends

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It’s one of the human needs…it’s being able to meet someone and create a relationship that will last you a life time. Now you may never spend time with them like you would with the definition given to that word called “Friends” but in my opinion anyone you say hello too or just smiles with through passing is a friend.

While we travel, my family and I are creating life long friends every day. Starts from the immigration officer who stamped our passport and welcomed us into their country. Then you have the driver who picked us up from the airport told us about some story behind the buildings. Then you have the security guard at our apartment, our apartment host, then people we meet each moment that we are blessed with life. That is what I consider as friends.

Imagine my kids…growing up and staying in touch with all the people they have met while travelling through the world…it’s amazing and such an incredible feeling.

I want to share a few pictures of our friends we have made in buenos Aries Argentina.

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Really travelling is super fun…

Argentina Exploration Continues……

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Our Visit to the Teatro Colon

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Today the kids and I decided to explore a little more of what this great city offers…arts and music.

So we visited the number 1 opera teatro in the world…Teatro Colon.

It’s located in the centro of Buenos Aires and any taxi or uber (my choice is uber) can get you there easily.

Prices are reasonable and really worth the guided tour. Foreigners pay 200 pesos and citizens of Argentina pays 80 pesos.
And we bought our guided tour ticket the day before. The tours are timed so be aware of that. And they have spanish tour and english tour.

This place is absolutely magnificent with history that I had not idea and sounds of songs that I know but had no idea it’s call opera songs.

The Teatro Colon was built in 1908 and it took 18yrs to finish the building and open it for events.

The most expensive tickets cost $260 per person and that’s for the best seats apart from the presidential seats next to the stage. And then you can get the cheapest ticket for $20 but that’s like being in a hencoop and you just standing. They have 1 opera event and 1 ballet event once a 1 month.  And they have free admission to the Teatro Colon one sunday of every month. And also you can see the rehearsals of the Opera and ballet on Sundays at 11am.

The tour took about 50min just in a moment of gratitude seeing such amazing decor and elegance of this building.

Here are a few shots of our tour

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That’s the red carpet entrance…it’s grand…

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It’s one of the Opera houses that makes all their clothing for the performance

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Check out those lights….

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Red carpet all the way

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They allow as to sit in the booth of the dignitaries. Which usually cost $260 per seat. And that’s the stage yoy see there.

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What a world filled with creativity.

Argentina Exploration Continues….

Our Journey to La Plata

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So picture this journey.

A Ghanaian mother with her 4 young kids in a country they know nobody and does not speak the language. All she could say was hello and thank you.

Well that’s me and my munchkins…last weekend the kids and I set out to explore La Plata to meet our other homeschool family.

Got to the train station and could not read any sign nor does anyone there speak english.
Stood in a line to hopefully get a ticket from the ticket machine because the ticket counter office was closed.
After about 30min in line and got to the machine it was in spanish too…so could not read it. So I went to the information center and I said La plata…and pointing to myself and the kids. LOL!!!

Well the guy at the counter was so helpful and with our smiles he walked us all the way to the train and said free…so yeap there you have who said you need a whole lot of money to travel….lol!! A few smiles and you get free train rides.

Got on the train and then the bus and after 2 hours we are in La Plata.

Met our beautiful homeschool family and we spend the day touring through the city.

La plata is a beautiful city. I felt like the whole city is a park.
And to our suprise it’s a diagonal city…yeap…that means you can get lost and walk all around the city just to get back to your apartment. Or if you know the diagonal points then your walk is cut off short for you.

Here are a few photos of our weekend

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Walking through the park

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Such a beautiful fall picture

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Dinner as family

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At the science museum

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And it’s coffee break for the adults..

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Me and my new LLF’S in La Plata….we both got a new makeover…

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My son loves my new look…

Now La Plata was super cold…but with wamth from our new LLF’S we created memorable weekend.

Argentina Exploration Continues…..

Meeting Homeschool Families all around the globe

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That is the new trend when you homeschool your kids. You meet so many other kids across the globe. So you see where am coming from…there nothing like the questions most people ask when they first find out we homeschool our kids…the famous question is “what about socializing” well of anything homeschool have a whole lots of time on their hands to meet and make at least 10 friends a day and with technology stay in touch for the rest of their lives….ok so let’s get to the fun part of me sharing out day out…

On an ordinary sunday no homework needed or no preparing for going to school the next day.  We met with the Argentina homeschool group here. And such amazing families. Our kids clicked right away even with the language barrier.

We spent the day at the famous recolleta cemetery which is where they bury dignitaries and important personalities. It was creepy and weird…but very interesting place to visit.

Here are a few pictures

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Yeap the screaming was loud…

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Homeschool parents rock…while on tour one of the beautiful parents decides to share her mate,  the famous Argentina tea with the other parents…..what a way to keep my mind of the dead…

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We just rock in all aspects

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She seemed like it’s a blast for her

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Roaming cat inside the cemetery grounds

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The creepy alley

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After an amazing time at the cemetery and drinking mate.

After we decide hey we have time…let’s just go to the science museum and continue having a blast. I like this mesuem because it’s called the mesuem this is forbidden not to touch…”

You should see how many kids are in there…Super packed and kids touching every single thing in there.

Here are some pictures

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A spinning bike…

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Funny face moments…

If you do visit buenos Aries with kids you must make sure to explore this mesuem.

And now I have found awesome friends in Buenos Aires and my kids again have made friends for life…now that is socializing at its peak.

Argentina Exploration Continues. …..

Daddy dates are very important

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Yes when you  are giving the chance to be a father to our bunches…you must make time for daddy dates.

Our son is 6yrs old and it’s means the world to him when he gets to have daddy date with his father.

Today was once of those days he will cherish forever.

Father and son moment of exploration in buenos Aries

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At the mesuo de Ninos at abasto mall is the place to be on weekends while in Buenos Aires. Filled with a city in a kids world.
Father and son giving a speach on their plans to help the world as heros…spiderman way

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Mj at the bank to get his cheque cashed before he starts having fun at the little kids city…

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Watch out spiderman got this

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Spiderman on his way to save the world…

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We are not afraid of the vilans…we are spiderman. father and son moment

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He became a dentist for a moment….lol!!!

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I love my two super heros to the max…

Such an awesome day for our 6yr old has he came home tell us all about his boys stuff for the day. After the little city fun they took to the movies to watch Alice through the looking Glass.  Such a memorable moment for this two.

Take time to create memories with your kids because if you blink they will be gone….

Argentina Exploration Continues. ….

The History Behind Tango in BA

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European immigrants arrived on the shores of the Rio de la Plata in South America, in the two port cities of Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most of them were Italian and Spanish, and the vast majority were single young men looking to make their fortunes in America. They brought their music: the sweet sounds of the violin, the driving flamenco guitar, the strange mournful wail of the bandoneon – and their dances: the waltz, the mazurka, the polka – and mixed them with the Argentine folk music and dance, with the Cuban habanera, with the African candombe rhythms from the freed slaves’ street parties. With very few women around, many of these young men found themselves looking for excitement in the bordello districts of the burgeoning port cities. The tango dance arose in these seedy waterfront areas from this turbulent mix, becoming a “mating dance” between barmaids and their customers in shady nightclubs. Shunned by the upper and middle classes in Argentina, it nevertheless became a sleazy fixture of urban nightlife in Buenos Aires. Young men in neighborhood gangs would practice the steps with each other in order to become skilled enough to win the attentions of a woman. A beginner would often dance the follower’s part for six months to a year before being shown how to lead.

As Argentina became very wealthy around the turn of the century, the sons of rich families would often look for adventure and excitement in the rougher parts of town, and learned the tango as part of their escapades. Some of these young men of privilege would show off the tango as a treat for their friends on their sojourns to Paris, then the cultural capital of the world. The Parisians were shocked and titillated by this raw, sensuous dance. This led to a “tango craze” that swept all of Europe, and reached America in the years just prior to World War I. New York newspapers in 1916 feature ads from over seven hundred tango establishments. While the original tango was disturbing to many arbiters of good taste, a heavily sanitized version of tango found its way into the European and American dance academies, where it remains a fixture in ballroom competitions today.

Today the girls and I took to the streets of Caminito la boca to explore and experience and immerse ourselves in the tango culture and we did it on a cloudy day but it was so wroth it.

Here are few shots of our day in the small port city called Caminito and here you will see tango dancers on the street just dancing their hearts out.

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Welcome to caminto people

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Learning the basic tango move

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She was loving it

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And she just took it to the next level

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Sisters for life….where is karama?

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My silly kids

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Such an amazing town….

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Just art all around us…

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All about tango dance and art

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A little Argentine pose

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Live tango dance while having lunch

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My tango moment

Such an awesome experience for me and my kids today….

Thanks to all the dancers on the caminto la boca street.

Argentina Exploration Continues. …