Showing posts with label Winter 2010. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter 2010. Show all posts

Monday, August 23, 2010

Greetings from Hostel Tinktinkie!

Hi Everyone!

We hope that everybody is good and that life is treating you well! I woke up this morning with the smell of rain in the air. I got so excited because we really do need rain. But instead of rain the weather turned bad and now it is cloudy and cold again. Weather the last month has been crazy! Our spring will officially start on 21 September so in reality the winter is not over yet. In the beginning of August we had  snow here. It was not a lot of snow and it didn't last for long but it was enough to make a snow ball and throw Andrey with it!


The winter months are also a good opportunity to update all the boring administration work. That is exactly what I have done when I have revamped our website! It was a major revamp and we are inviting everyone to have a look at it, try it and let us know if you like it or not! We really do appreciate all feedback - positive and negative.

For those of you not following us on facebook, we had excellent news this month. As you know I have been talking a lot about water problems in the past. Well now we will finally have municipal water. This after 2 years and we are very excited. Up to know we had to save every drop of water. We will still continue doing that but it will be easier on us. 

They have started with the project about 2 weeks ago and we should be waiting another 2-3 weeks before the water is actually connected. We are saving a huge amount of money and I have to thank the people in one of the villages close to us, who have put the money together to make this possible.


A lot of my close friends will be very surprised when I tell them that I have also learnt how to make some traditional Argentinian food! Cooking has never been one of my strong points but I had an excellent teacher, Nancy, who visited us with her family.She was cooking for them and the one day she taught me how to make Empanadas. I am sorry but there is no real English or Afrikaans word for Empanadas. The only way I can explain it is to say it is a type of meat pie. 

We had so much fun making it that we have decided to incorporate it in our hostel activities. We are going to have Empanda evenings! We had our first evening with Eduardo and Regina! What fun we had! Nancy also showed me how to make toffee apples!

Regina (Germany living in New Zealand), Nelieta and Andrey
Last but not least we had a wonderful visit here at the Hostel from a fellow South African now living in Cordoba! We had a traditional South African "braai/barbeque/asado" with "braai broodjies or toasted bread with cheese, tomato and onion on the grill"), Afrikaans music and a great  time. It is so special to have friends coming over and to spend time together. Andrey was also lucky to have a Russian man from San Rafael coming over to say "hi". 

Andrey also enjoyed it a great deal especially the wine and apples Misha brought with him. I have been more than lucky because in addition to Charles' visit ,I also had the opportunity to meet The Volschenk family, also living in Cordoba! They came to visit for the day.

Charles and Mercedes
 On this happy note I am wishing you all a wonderful day! God bless and we will update you again  soon!              

Nelieta and Andrey

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