Our friend Santiago on Loveland Pass
Two days ago our house-guest of four months left to return to Argentina with a five-day stop in Miami to visit friends. The last week we did a whirlwind tour of Denver and nearby mountain areas to take photos of some of his favorite places. He had seen snow but never "lived" with it. Arriving in two days before Christmas and leaving the end of April he got a good taste of Winter and Spring.
He was here on a special work-experience and travel program. His Visa allowed him to work four months and travel one month before returning home. Though he is totally fluent in English and has completed his university studies in accounting--except for the four final exams he must take when he returns--the work he did here was menial work for a terrible company that exploits the workers. There are good work-travel experiences but the one he was on was not one of them.
We shall miss him a lot but he and his parents have invited us to visit Argentina so I am sure we will meet again. Through Santiago we met other Argentinians here on the same program (pictured below with us in our home). Each time we host an international guest, I am reminded of Mark Twain's quotation, "Travel is fatal to bigotry, intolerance and narrow-mindedness." It applies to both the visitors and the visited.
Argentineans with us in our home