“You’re Beautiful, Idiot”

Jonathan Malm - March 20, 2012

My wife warned me before we got to Argentina. “Guys are shameless when they see a pretty girl on the street.” Carolina told me some stories of their bravery – of whistling and pick-up lines she heard on the street. I didn’t quite believe her until we got here. But as we walked down the street, guys would stare at her. They didn’t just glance, …

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Dodging the Scenery

Jonathan Malm - March 19, 2012

In our last few days in Argentina, my wife and I went on a tour of Buenos Aires. It turns out…we aren’t bus tour people. We’re walking people. We got pretty bored after the first thirty minutes. It was a three hour tour (minus the fun of Gilligan). We had two options…complain or make the best of it. We made the best of it. I …

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Building Your Dream House

Jonathan Malm - March 16, 2012

The other night we were invited to eat at someone’s house. We didn’t know the fellow but figured…free food…why not! We showed up…delicious by the way. I was so impressed by this guy’s house. It was enormous and gorgeous. But he didn’t always live in such a plush house. Behind the pool was a tiny pool house. It was a pretty modest pool house…but not …

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Iguazú Falls

Jonathan Malm - March 15, 2012

I normally try to bring everything I write back to creativity. But I don’t really know how to do that with this. Iguazú Falls is simply inspiring on its own…so I figured I’d just post some pictures. These are unfiltered photos taken with my iPhone. Enjoy the majesty. Note to my Canadian and US friends: Upon seeing Iguazú Falls, Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!” These …

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The Dance of the Auto

Jonathan Malm - March 14, 2012

Argentina is known for tango. True tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay. It’s a flirtatious dance – almost violent. It’s exciting to watch. But there’s a dance far more dangerous and exciting than tango. It’s the dance of the auto. Driving. Who needs lanes? Who needs stop signs? A three-lane road quickly turns into five (if there are “lanes”). An intersection rarely has stop signs. …

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A State of Inception

Jonathan Malm - March 13, 2012

Right now I’m in a world between worlds. I’m on an overnight bus traveling between states in Argentina. While we’re here, our home base is an apartment in downtown Buenos Aires. Then we packed smaller bags and headed to a suburb. Then we packed even smaller bags and got on this bus to the state of Misiones. Finally, we packed even smaller bags to visit …

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Jonathan Malm - March 12, 2012

Let me introduce you to another of my wife’s cousins. Her name is Julia (second from the right). She’s studying English in school. She’s doing great. But sometimes she can’t remember some of the English words. But she’s smart. She’s noticed that many English words become Spanish words by adding an -a or -o to the end. And many Spanish words become English words by …

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Argentinians Drink Their Mate

Jonathan Malm - March 9, 2012

Mate (pronounced máh-tay) is a very typical drink for Argentinians. They drink it almost every day. You might have seen it at a hipster coffee shop. It usually drunk from a fancy cup or gourd (usually metal or with cowhide) filled with green herbs and a metal straw sticking out of it. You typically pour hot water (and sugar, if you want) over the top and …

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Time for a Break?

Jonathan Malm - March 8, 2012

I’ve had a blast playing with my new cousins and aunts/uncles. I’ve found the language barrier doesn’t exist when it comes to boys and toy cars. Hours passed before I realized how long I’d been playing with my wife’s cousin Mateo. Cute kid. But even in all the fun…I didn’t realize how much I needed a break. Carolina and I retired to an apartment in …

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Defending What I Do

Jonathan Malm - March 7, 2012

Can you defend what  you do? Last night I went with my wife’s uncle to feed the homeless in a small town in Argentina. He and his wife were addicted to cocaine before God changed their lives. Now they go each week around town to feed the homeless. They’ve never missed a week in six years. And at times they can barely make it to …

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