PADDY'S BRAZIL URUGUAY
JARDIN JAPONES BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA
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Monday March 21, 2011. After Pat returned to New Jersey, Kate
& I stayed an extra week to visit my family and friends. I went over to stay
with Silvia, my childhood best friend and the closest to me, almost like the
sister I never had. Kate stayed with Graciela and her daughter Ines. Because it
had been only 10 days since the earthquake & tsunami in Japan, Silvia & I
decided to visit the famous Japanese Garden, a beautiful & serene park
not far from where she lives. It has lots of lakes, bridges, beautiful plants,
waterfalls, and it is a peaceful oasis among downtown bustle.
Silvia & Paddy decided to grab a bite to eat at a nearby Italian restaurant with
great service and good food. And back at Silvia's house, we were graced by the
visit of Maria Julia Guardo Mangini, Paddy's 3rd grade teacher & her
inspiration to become one. Throughout the years they have kept in touch. it was
lovely seeing her again.
The experiences of this trip were priceless, especially because I was able to
share them with Kate and Pat. Time stood still, and the intervening years fell
by the wayside as we reconnected after all this time. It was a great adventure.