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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


I tried most of these balsamic


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


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.


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


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.


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


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!!!!!


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


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



I had two plates of the salad


and chicken with rice


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


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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