Or Fancy Meeting You Here
When I first met my husband Mike in 2005 I jokingly told him that I have family everywhere. You see I am Italian and I do come from an incredibly large family. I always thought everyone grew up with that many cousins.
The first generation of my family to be born here were my grandparents. My great-grandparents were from Sicily. They had 10 children. Those 10 turned around and gave them 24 grand-children, and you see where this is going.
My first Thanksgiving with Mike I had 45 people for dinner. He had to fly in from Seattle to my home in Las Vegas four days before Thanksgiving to help me cook all the food and the pies. He was overwhelmed but this was just how I grew up.
Before we headed for Argentina in 2011 I had found out that, low and behold, I really did have family everywhere. There are about 100 family members living in cities throughout Argentina and I connected via facebook with my cousin Claudia in Cordoba. She speaks pretty good English.
We chatted back and forth and we gave her our itinerary for our time in Argentina and what cities we would be in and what dates. Then I lost contact with her and didn’t hear back.
Mike and I left on our four month exploration of Latin America in June of that year. When we made it to Argentina I simply sent Claudia one last message letting here know that we were in the country and again what our dates were and where we were going.
At 6:00am one beautiful day while we were getting ready to explore the city of Mendoza, Argentina the front desk called our room and told me that I had company. Being it was 6:00am and I was in a foreign country I thought the front bellman had gone daft. After asking me again if I was Florence Ricchiazzi Lince he confirmed that I indeed did have company. Walking to the lobby the morning fog lifted and the only person I could even fathom was waiting for me was Claudia. And there she was, in the lobby, with her husband and three of her children! After seeing my note that we were in town they had driven over 6 hours to get from their home in Cordoba to Mendoza to spend the day with us. It was the first time we had ever met but we talked and talked and talked the day away. What an incredibly warm and sweet family. We had breakfast together and then spent the day at the Mendoza Zoo. The kids had a wonderful time and by the end of the day they were calling Mike Uncle. Our day in Mendoza, with family, is still one of the memories we cherish most from our many travels.
Mike no longer doubts me when I say I have family everywhere. He just smiles and shakes his head and waits for the next 6:00am call.