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Life: Back to DC!

I arrived on Monday 2pm after a long trip, 18 hrs including transfer! It was like going to China!

Few things happened these days:

  • I was supposed to come back on Sunday but my flight was cancelled, so I arrived one day late. It was okay because I had more time to hang out with Jeanette and met with an old friend Alex. Sometimes unexpected things happen for a good reason.
  • Qiao came to pick me up at the airport. Star is still not back. 😦 Once we unload the luggage, we went shopping! Yes! We went shopping right away before I even unpack. What’s the urgency you’d ask?

This place: Under the Olive Tree. It’s a store that sells exclusively Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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I tried most of these balsamic

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All their balsamic vinegars are from Modena, an italian place that makes the best balsamic in the world! After my encounter with a good balsamic, I can’t wait to get one and start making salads!

I got two kinds of balsamic: the original one (aged 17 years), one flavored with blueberry (it really has blueberry flavor!!!), and lemon grass infused olive oil

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You’ll a lot salad at my dinning table from now on! πŸ™‚

  • I went to work to Tuesday despite my lack of energy and mind to start working. Who knew that another surprise was waiting for me. This time a not so good one. As I got to the highway, there was a lot of traffic. After driving 1 mile or so, my car stopped! 😯 Weird! I started it again, it drove another 1/2 mile, it stopped again! I decided to get off the highway right away because as the traffic clears up, cars get faster and if I stop suddenly, they’ll crash me for sure! I got off the highway and within a mile, the car stopped again. I was on the side road already so I didn’t start it again. I called AAA and got into panic. How am I supposed to go to work without a car? what if the problem is not fixable? what if it’s a serious problem and costs me a fortune to repair? Star is not here and I’ll have to solve everything by myself. I called Star, almost yelling him and blaming him not to be here with me. I lost my temper! I got panic. 40 min later AAA arrived and tow the car to home. By then, I calmed down. I called a taxi while I was still on the truck so when I got home, the taxi was already waiting for me there. I went to work and start thinking about how to fix the car. The next day I decided to fix the car before Star coming back on Monday. Before going to work on Thursday, I requested another AAA service and tow the car to a repair shop and by the evening it was fixed. It costed me $300 to fix it. Whatever! I just want my car back! Β What an adventure!!!

Well… that’s all I have to report for now. Life continues without Mara and Gunther, without Jeanette is hard! I had such a great time with them in Buenos Aires as a big family that makes this coming back alone really hard! I miss them, I miss the daily life with them. I hope I see them soon, probably after the new member of the family arrives. πŸ™‚

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Travel: Buenos Aires day 2

I woke up after a wonderful 8 hrs sleep with only 1 pee-trip at night! πŸ™‚ I made myself a quick breakfast: 2 toasted with cream cheese and a yogurt calcium fortified.

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Then Mara, Gunther and her mom arrived! We catch up for hours before we decided to go our for lunch to a cafe close by

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they brought us some bread. One kind is completely black… we didn’t know if it’s whole wheat or what, maybe black sesame seed paste or something. It was quite tasty.

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both Mara and I had a smoked salmon salad with fresh mozzarella. We both enjoyed it.

We hang out at home and then went to a shopping mall. It was very clouded so we left.

Jeanette was preparing dinner. And Gunther introduced me to the world of balsamic vinegar. I didn’t know that there’s a large variety of the vinegar and that they could be so different. They brought this one from Germany

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I tasted it straight from the bottle and woooo!!!!!! I’ve never tasted anything like that! Sour, very sweet and tasty! I was in love!!!!!

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a big salad using olive oil and balsamic. Absolutely amazing!!!

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as main dish, Jeanette prepared chicken with marmalade and assorted vegetables

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I had two plates of the salad

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and chicken with rice

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both were delicious!!! We all enjoyed it a lot. In addition to the food, I think what we enjoyed even more was the conversation. Dinner lasted for like 2+ hours and we talked and laughed so much. For me, they’re my second family and I love being with him, listening to him and watching them laugh! What a satisfaction!!!

Finally, the dessert: homemade flan

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Delicious. I asked Jeanette how she made it. For my surprise, it’s not made with egg, sugar and milk. She used only 4 eggs, 1 can of condensed milk and water. Brilliant! πŸ™‚

We ended up going to sleep around mid-night! That’s vacation!!! πŸ™‚

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