Some views of Ituzaingo

We’ve finally remembered to take some photos of Ituzaingo for the blog!

The town has about 20,000 people, and functions primarily as a resort town in the summer, with nice little beaches next to the Parana River.  While in the hotel, we had river views every morning. Now that we’re in the house, we live in the “company town” portion of the city. When the Yacyreta Dam was built, there was tremendous investment in the towns affected by the dam, including Ituzaingo. A solid half of the town is company housing, with different types of housing for different jobs. I’ll post photos of our house later–after we have a chance to fully move in. We’re still waiting for our items from the States, so we’re working out of whatever we brought down in our nine suitcases, plus whatever we’ve picked up here.

Menu in one of the local ice cream shops

Menu in one of the local ice cream shops

View from one of the plazas

View from one of the plazas

The staircase down to one of the beaches

The staircase down to one of the beaches

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Another walkway to the beach

Another walkway to the beach

Bar across the street from the hotel

Bar across the street from the hotel

One of the many friendly dogs that wander the town. They belong to people--they just don't do leash laws or fences here. The dogs just seem to know when to go home at night for dinner.

One of the many friendly dogs that wander the town. They belong to people–they just don’t do leash laws or fences here. The dogs just seem to know when to go home at night for dinner.

One of the few "big box" stores in town. They sell large and small appliances, for the most part, as well as inflatable pools and cell phones.

One of the few “big box” stores in town. They sell large and small appliances, for the most part, as well as inflatable pools and cell phones.

Looking down at the beach

Looking down at the beach

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Manantiales Hotel and Casino. Our home for two months.

Manantiales Hotel and Casino. Our home for two months.

The Simpsons are a big deal here. This Homer beer garden isn't open, but there is a little restaurant named Moe's down the street.

The Simpsons are a big deal here. This Homer beer garden isn’t open, but there is a little restaurant named Moe’s down the street.

One of the local Catholic churches. This is the outside of the church I had the nighttime interior photo of a few posts basck.

One of the local Catholic churches. This is the outside of the church I had the nighttime interior photo of a few posts basck.

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Looking down part of the main drag in town.

Looking down part of the main drag in town.

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Lots of photos, I know–Hope you enjoy them!

Just some snippets from this week

It’s been a really busy week at work, with a number of norteamericanos in town from our company to entertain. We’re hoping to have an exciting weekend of a parilla (barbeque) and an Argentinian rock concert tonight, followed by a trip to Posadas tomorrow to see the town for the first time and pick up some homegoods.

With any luck, we will be in the house by the end of the week!  For me, the move from hotel to house will be bittersweet. I am very excited to have a kitchen and more room and a yard…. but we don’t have internet there yet. I will, of course, still have access while at work, but since internet is a state-run utility, this may take some time. We’ve already been arguing with them for weeks to send us the letter so we can pay them to install the phone service (the precursor to internet).  However, mail is not the same as in the states–no one has a mailbox, and no one gets mail with any regularity. So, we keep on searching for the letter they swear they have delivered, and now we’ve worked up to requesting a new one to be delivered.  However… DirectTv is huge down here, and apparently can be installed same-day. So while we might not have internet outside of work hours, at least we’ll have television in English! It’s the same package down here as DirectTv has in the states–so we can get our fill of HGTV. We’ve watched television a bit down here, but the novelty of American shows in Spanish is starting to wear thin. We’re learning quickly, but sometimes you just want a slice of home.

The beach at sunset. With all of the ice storms in Pennsylvania, it almost seems cruel to post this!

The beach at sunset. With all of the ice storms in Pennsylvania, it almost seems cruel to post this!

The big Catholic church in town opened its doors wide all week--the alter is incredibly fancy. It is definitely the nicest building in town--I'm sure as a result of tithing.

The big Catholic church in town opened its doors wide all week–the alter is incredibly fancy. It is definitely the nicest building in town–I’m sure as a result of tithing.

Our absurdly huge pizza from last night. Filled with chicken, cheese, ham (which is on everything), and more cheese.

Our absurdly huge pizza from last night. Filled with chicken, cheese, ham (which is on everything), and more cheese.