we ate all sorts of carne, including morcilla...
~argentinians are vampires~
you're probably looking at this picture saying, "that looks so nasty. what is that?"
that lovely and surprisingly edible piece of meat is morcilla (more-see-shuh)
morcilla is a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. basically, someone whacks off the head of a cow (or pig or goat of that matter) and lets the blood from the body drip into a pit, waits for the blood to clot, then gathers it all into a yummy link of morcilla.
and i tried it. oh, how innocent i was.
hugo, my host dad offered me a piece smiling and nodding. suspicious, i looked over to see my host mom also smiling and nodding saying, "es rico! tan rico!"
so i reach for the morcilla, slowly bring the fork to my mouth and the minute it touches my tongue, i gag. no joke. i gag immediately, then spit it up into a napkin. i look over to see my sister doing the same thing. with all eyes on us, someone yells in english, "it's blood!". sister and i exchange horrified looks, then start laughing hysterically
after i gathered my composure and the entire hall of people had a good laugh, i looked around at the scene before me. families and friends laughing and talking loudly in spanish filled the hall. that feeling of community almost brought tears to my eyes.
next stop: the patio!
we held a little sing-along on the patio belting out jason mraz, ricardo arjona and camila
~brought some classic american food to argentina~
i explained that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is THE staple of kid food here in the states.
PBJ: american right of passage
it didn't go over as well as i'd hoped
~late night hang out~
these boys sang at the top of their lungs the song "bajo el mar" ("under the sea" in spanish)
goodness, i can't get enough of that sweetness!
teaching the kids "twinkle twinkle little star" and "mary had a little lamb"
~those kids taught me something~
i need to look into elementary education. i love this stuff too much.
~i really came to love these people~
~welcome to buenos aires, argentina~