Monday, September 20, 2010

Let's go fly a kite

On Sunday we went to the park to fly a kite. Or at least attempt to. I quickly learned the phrase "no hay suficiente viento". Translation: There is not enough wind. Even if there had been ample wind I doubt our kite, with about 2 yards of string, would have gotten more than a few inches off the ground.

After many failed attempts of getting our kite in the sky, while enviously watching the two other park visitors with airborne kites, Verena and I decided we needed a new kite. We hoped that a new kite, with a sufficient amount of string, would fare better than a kite meant more for decoration than recreational use. Luckily for us, or more accurately, luckily for Lorenzo and Constanza, locals had taken up shop nearby selling plastic kites.

With a new kite, we once again tried to get it to fly. Despite the lack of wind we were successful, albeit momentarily, but successful nontheless.



As the hours passed, more and more people arrived at the park. With a now constant breeze the kids were able to not only get the kite up in the sky, but keep it there for quite some time. Others were equally as successful, the sky was now speckled with kites.


I spent a few minutes watching this little guy. He was so determined to get his kite up in the air. He kept running in semi circles, back and forth, but his kite wouldn't fly. Before he ran off to his mother in near hysterics, I snapped his picture.


It may be hard to see but he's wearing a shirt with the Walmart logo. Much to my despair, I learned that Walmarts are international and there is one in Mendoza. There's just no escaping that place.

At one point, a reporter from the local newspaper came to take pictures of the kids and their kites. I guess we were the most fantastic people he met at the park because he decided to use our picture for his story. Constanza is in the foreground of the picture, with Verena, me, Lorenzo, Jorge and Karina in the background.

I've never seen the movie Mary Poppins, but seeing how it's a Disney movie, of course I know all the songs. And "Let's Go Fly A Kite" has been stuck in my head all day. What's worse? I only know one verse, which is playing on repeat in my head as I write this post.

3 comments:

  1. You might have "Let's Fly a Kite" stuck in your head - all I will think of all day will be Hassan and Amir...which is nice since it's one of my all-time favorite books!

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  2. -- Love the pics ---

    -- Nice 'albeit' ---

    Mary Poppins the Kite Runner.
    Surely she would not have had trouble chasing the kits down with her umbrella transport.

    Ahhhh yes, Walmart.
    Without it we would not have
    so many wonderful sites showing
    'people of walmart'
    'funny pictures at walmart'

    On a slow blog day you could start a SA version.

    ------------
    Mr. Banks:
    With tuppence for paper and strings
    You can have your own set of wings
    With your feet on the ground
    You're a bird in a flight
    With your fist holding tight
    To the string of your kite

    Oh, oh, oh!
    Let's go fly a kite
    Up to the highest height!
    Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
    Up through the atmosphere
    Up where the air is clear
    Oh, let's go fly a kite!

    Bert:
    When you send it flyin' up there
    All at once you're lighter than air
    You can dance on the breeze
    Over 'ouses and trees
    With your first 'olding tight
    To the string of your kite

    Londoners:
    Oh, oh, oh!
    Let's go fly a kite
    Up to the highest height!
    Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
    Up through the atmosphere
    Up where the air is clear
    Let's go fly a kite!

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  3. Love that little guy, minus the Walmart shirt of course.

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