Saturday, October 4, 2008
It's official! We're moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the next two years! We are very excited to begin this adventure. But first, I have to improve my Spanish. I tested at a level 1 on a scale of 0-5 (5 being native fluency -- and yes, you can actually attain a level 0). For my position, I am supposed to attain level 2 proficiency, so we won't be leaving just yet. My instructor said that in about 3 mos., which is what we have to work with, he thinks I could have level 3 fluency, which is exciting.
This past week was eventful. Tues. my class had a ceremony where each of us was given our post assignment. It was a bit of a surprise, because although we were able to cite our preferences, I wasn't sure where I'd ultimately be sent. Luckily, Neil and I got our top pick.
At the last minute, we had put a different country at the top, and I had been regretting it, so I am SO happy we were posted to Buenos Aires. I think it will be a great place for us to start out in my new career. A lot of people we know have ties there and want to visit. I am looking forward to perfecting my Spanish. I am also looking forward to learning the tango! From what I've heard, there is a lot to do there and it looks like a beautiful city. It's called "the Paris of South America" for a reason!
Thursday was the RATATAT show! It was AMAZING!! I love their sound. I wonder if any other fan has played exclusively their music at their wedding reception?
We saw Ratatat at the Black Cat in D.C. with a bunch of friends, including my brother (it was his birthday!). It was SO awesome to hear them live. Here is a short clip I found from Thurs. night. It's funny because the guy on the right has a pretty reserved stage presence and the guy on the left is a total showman. The keyboardist rocks out, too.
My favorite song of theirs is "Montanita." They performed it during the encore. It was so incredible. Here is a recording of it from last year.
Friday I had my formal swearing-in ceremony. It was pretty cool; my family came out for it and we had a nice lunch afterward. The room where the swearing-in was held was beautiful and all the rooms in that part of the building were decorated in antiques. Here is a pic of Neil and me before the ceremony.
The painting behind us is famous for the fact that it is unfinished. Here's the Wiki:
" 'Treaty of Paris' (unfinished painting). Left to right: John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. The British commissioners refused to pose, and the picture was never finished."
Hope you're enjoying General Conference!