The Most Beautiful Places

My week was not too interesting at first… a couple days of classes and then a visit to the office to sign a waiver for our trip to Uruguay (which was the funniest thing I have read in a while since it reminded us of things like how falling over is a possibility) and my e-ticket for the boat. Thursday night I packed and then Friday I got up very early to catch the bus down to the port.

The trip was created by IFSA to take us to Uruguay. We all met at the port because we were taking the Ferry to Colonia. At the port we received our real tickets and then had to go through migration – I have more stamps now! Soon we were on the boat headed for Colonia. Though I believe I have mentioned it before – I LOVE the IFSA Staff. I didn’t think it was possible but after this trip, I love them more. We had great seats on the Ferry and an hour later we were in the port. Then we took a bus out to our Director Mario’s other house… it was a beautiful drive.. I had forgotten that things were green.

The drive was enough for me… but then we all discovered paradise at Mario’s. I don’t think anyone wanted to leave. His home was designed by his husband Sergio, and just like Sergio is perfect, the house is perfect. It doubles as a hostel and is also a lemon grove. We swam in the river that was close by and explored the beauty:

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(view from the bus)

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(the lemon trees)

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(the path to the beach – also our director has lots of dogs and cats which was so wonderful)

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(the house)

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(where we ate lunch)

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(this was the roof of the porch… so COOL. I was so amazed by the inside of the house I forgot to take photos sorry)

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(There were baskets of lemons everywhere and they were huge!)

I also tried my hand at french braiding for the first time and I must say it went well:
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So many great things happened there. The food was incredibleeee. First we had chorizo which is like a sausage and empanadas and sangria. And we all ate like it was our last meal because it was so good and then the people were like you know this isn’t lunch, right?? We did not. But continued to eat anyway haha. Lunch was wonderful. It was super good beef, potatoes, salad, strawberries, wine, pears, bananas, quiche, bread, humus and all the good things ever. Then we played frisbee and invited one of the staff members, Raquel, and it was superrr fun. She invited Sammy and I to go to a Buddhist meditation too which is cool! She’s funny. Then we had lemon meringue pie and it was sooo good. Then we just explored for forever and we were very sad when we had to leave. We left for Colonia by bus.

In Colonia, the oldest city in Uruguay, we checked into our hotels and then had a tour of the city and separated for dinner on our own. Uruguay is SUPER expensive, but we had a good pasta meal.

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(our hotel!)

We got up the next morning for an adorable breakfast at the hotel and then it was on a bus to Punta del Este. Once there we checked into our hotels, grabbed some lunch and hit the beach:

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After some fun at the beach were we taught some of the IFSA staff the difference between a dock and a pier and a chilly dip in the ocean we headed back to our hotel rooms to get ready for dinner. Our room was great and those robes were fabulous:

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Then we headed out to dinner that IFSA was buying for us. We were split into three different groups and went to three different restaurants. My group went with Sergio to this cute little restaurant where our meal started with water (a big deal because it is never free) and wine and hot bread with a spicy cream cheese spread. Someone asked if Sergio wanted to join them at their table, but he declined motioning to a table for two that Mario would be joining him and we all died because they’re so adorable.

Dinner was three courses – first a Caprese Salad:

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Then I had the “spinach crepes”:

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And there were two desert choices that we shared, an apple pie and a fruit tart:

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After dinner Allison and I headed back to our hotel room and watched About A Boy dubbed in Spanish. We ate our free chocolates and went to bed because the next morning we got up and went to see the sunrise!:

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(A little cloudy put still beautiful)

We headed back for nap and then breakfast which was wonderful – lots of fruit (kiwi!) and breads. Then Mario took us to the beach! He took us to what is called “Los Dedos” or “The Hand” or “The Fingers” – a sculpture by a Chilean man, one of five of his hand creations that are all around the world:

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Then we walked around the whole peninsula (while it rained) and I took pictures!:

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(there are all these little shrines all over – I’m pretty sure I found a box of open ashes behind this one…)

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Then we finally found a place to eat – I ordered a burger and it came Argentina style – with ham and a fried egg… SO GOOD:

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Then we stopped at McD’s and got Bon Bon McFlurries.. SO GOOD!!! Then we headed back to dry off and shower and get ready for dinner… We ate with Mario and Sergio again which was beautiful – Three courses again! First was onions and eggplant sauteed with cheese:

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Then I had the chicken dish:

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And for desert I had this thing with chocolate and strawberries:

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It was all SO good… then Al and I headed back and watched Hugo dubbed in Spanish. Then we took our time the next morning and had a great breakfast and then headed to the beach one last time:

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We started to head back because we had to meet for lunch and Sammy wanted more McD’s… and we went to cross the road one of my FAVORITE IFSA staff members, Esteban, was stopped at the light. He gave me a just fingers wave and I replied with the same. Then he did this sassy hand motion to let us know we could cross and then decided to give us a ride and we jammed out to techno with him and it was absolutely wonderful.
After McD’s, we got back and went off to lunch on the pier. I got the vegetable raviolis and they were super good:
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Then we checked out the pier and headed back to the hotel and caught the buses to Montevideo in order to catch the boat back to Buenos Aires. From this trip I have officially decided that I love all of the staff. They just giggle all the time and do hilarious stuff. Like Diego had this towel and was disgusted and was making faces and it was so funny. And later Esteban was playing with the lion that Diego bought his daughter and making lion noises and it was hysterical. I just want to be their best friends.

Also we went into the Duty Free shop on the boat and it was a terrible decision because it was like standing in an aisle of America.

Later on the boat a friend snapped this photo of me and Esteban (he’s in green) to make it clear that we’re besties:

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And the beautiful sunset I caught before we got on the boat:

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Then we all finally got home… I got to my house at like 11:45 and ate the dinner my host mom left me. Then it was a super interesting class about why genocide occurs that was a great great class on Tuesday. And then today was a holiday celebrating the Malvinas, which I don’t understand. Because the Argentines lost the Malvinas (Falkland Islands) to the Brits… so why are we celebrating that? Can’t complain though… I had the day off and got ahead on homework!

A Very Long Weekend

This weekend was a long weekend because today was a holiday, and let me tell you, it was long. Friday I was supposed to visit the site of my internship… but the visit got cancelled because of rain. I felt like I needed to leave the house and get out of the way of the maid… but I was tired so I stayed around for a bit. Which I am now really happy about. 

I chatted with the maid for a bit and it was incredibly interesting. First off, she asked me if my parents were Argentine and when I replied that no they were not, she was very surprised because she said that my Spanish is very good – aka she has an A+ in my book. After that we talked about how I am from the countryside and she is too and she really liked that. But then she talked a lot about how poor her family is and how she has a four hour trip into the city every day to clean different houses. Which brings me to the whole topic of maids and service here – it’s all very strange to me. The night before the maid came my host mom didn’t wash the dishes saying “oh what luck, the maid will be here tomorrow, I’m going to bed.” And other times it’s just very well known that they maids will do it, or someone will be doing the things you don’t have to do. For example, we leave our trash in the garbage can right outside our door… I’ve never seen any garbage in it because the Porters come and take it three times a day. And no one recycles here because the poor people go through the trash and separate it. Also we have this tiny room with a bed where a maid once stayed. And there is a bathroom attached and it has like a gym shower in it. Not like a real shower. The whole experience is reminding me of a movie about just this in Argentina… Live-In Maid. It’s craziness.

Anyway, post chat with the maid I went to the mall to explore. The mall here has this like everything you could imagine store on the first floor which I explored for a while because it was cool to see the names of all the stuff in Spanish. Then I wandered the mall and ended up in a bookstore where I discovered that movies were cheap. With the excuse that it will help me learn Spanish since I know the movie so well in English, after searching for like an hour (nothing is organized here) I purchased this gem:

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Watching dubbed in Spanish later that night was quite possibly the funniest thing ever. After the mall I came home for a bit and then went for a walk in the park right next store and snagged these photos:

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(scooters are a really big thing here)

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(as is any form of soccer)

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(as is post school hide and seek from the boys)

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(and some scooters are pretty tricked out)

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(it’s a nice park)

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And with the sun starting to go down I went home to a dinner of steak and finished off my night laughing at the dubbed version of National Treasure post FaceTime:

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Saturday morning my host mom left for the weekend to stay with a friend of hers with one instruction: to take care of the house. I was very excited to just that by never leaving my bed and watching tv on the internet. But of course, my luck could not be so great. Approximately two hours after she left, the power went out. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I went into defense mode which for me is sleep. Then I went to the starbucks and stole their internet and finally worked up the courage to ask one of the guys in the garage why I didn’t have power because I didn’t want to freak out my host mom. He said all the apartments didn’t because they were replacing the wires that they didn’t do last week. Super. At least I knew I didn’t do anything but I was still mad I didn’t have wifi to watch tv haha. I spent the day walking around and buying some snacks and school supplies. Then I returned home to do my homework and we still had no power. I sat out on the balcony and snagged this as the sun went down:
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As it got darker I got more and more worried and I finally got ready to leave and ask someone about it when it was pitch black… and then the lights came on!!! I was so ridiculously excited. After a bit I went out to get pizza and waited for my take out (which I totally asked for in Spanish successfully) by this cute fountain:

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And I headed back across the well lit street:

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And bought myself some ice cream:

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(I thought I deserved all of this post my stressful day)

And then I gave my parents a FaceTime tour of my apartment and FINALLY got to watch some TV haha. 

Of course, just my luck, when I woke up the next morning, the power was out again. But I was very afraid (and I turned out to be right) that it was just our power because my phone was picking up other peoples wifi and I heard someone vacuuming. So again, I went into defensive mode and slept some more… until I heard my host mom come and start flipping all the switches and freaking out a bit – cue me pretending to still be asleep. Cue her then throwing the breakers and pretty much blowing up the switch in my bathroom. I let her talk call down to the porter before I emerged asking if we didn’t have electricity… ooops hhaha. But we got it mostly figured out (though I still have no light in bathroom). She freaked out when the TV initially did not work (girl is obsessed) but I got it on for her and she grabbed some cigarettes and all was well. Later she even told me I took excellent care of the house!

At four I ventured out for a soccer game with IFSA and some Argentines which was super fun. I really miss soccer and especially indoor like we were playing. I didn’t have turf shoes though and was wearing my sneakers and when I fell I think I rolled my foot. It didn’t hurt too much at the time and I walked it off but much later it hurt a lot… thankfully I had Marli to cry to on the phone about my pain ahaha (again thank God for Viber and free calling). I put it up and iced it and was really mad because I was supposed to go on a bike trip today and it hurt so much I didn’t think I’d be able to go. But when I woke up it felt some what better and I decided I would just go.. and I’m so glad I did.

We took the train 45 minutes outside the city where we each got a bike (there were 9 of us and three IFSA staff). First we rode to the water nearby and a nature conservancy:

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Then we biked to a church and stopped there and looked around:

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I also spotted this there (there are a lot of painted VW vans here):

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Then we biked through the beautiful suburbs for a while:

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Then we biked until we reached our destination of El Tigre, where we turned in our bikes at the end of our 13 mile ride and had lunch here:

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Then we took the train back to the city. This is Javier, one of our trusty guides (he doesn’t know I took this):

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We had a very interesting conversation with him all the way back about politics and Argentina and a lot about the shanty town. On one side of the tracks at the Retiro station is a wealthy part of Buenos Aires, but on the other side is a shanty town with no electricity, schools, police or anything – and 8 million inhabitants. Pretty scary. 

I also took two more photos on the train. The first of this sign outside of the train referencing names of los desaparecidos, or the lost ones during the state terrorism in the 70s in Argentina:

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And another thing that kills me here… the tattoos that people have here in English:

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(that one says life goes on..)

It just makes me really think about the tattoos that people get in foreign languages and how cool they think they are… and how dumb the look to people who speak the language. My favorite one so far has been “we found love in a hopeless place…).

In the station we also witnessed a very loud protest:

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Afterwords I headed home and tried to do some reading, but slept for a while because I was so tired. But I finished my reading for my class tomorrow!

My host mom fed me loads of Polenta for dinner and that brought my long weekend to a close!

Some Day I WILL Have a Real Schedule

I really hope that that day comes soon haha. It has been an absolutely crazy week of trying classes and running around like a crazy person. But yesterday was a success!

The day started off normal with my grammar class. It wasn’t too bad and the professor was really nice. Afterwards I went next door with Allison because she needed to buy lunch and I bought an empanada for 10 pesos – my first “real” one – aka meat ahaha:

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If you can’t tell… it was super super tasty. We sat for a while and chatted – mostly about how much we love everyone in the IFSA office because they are so nice and so funny and we just love sitting there and chatting with them. After a while we walked to the Subway (here it’s called the subte) and took it together because we were both trying out the same class at the University of Buenos Aires. And by some miracle… I actually LOVED the class. I understood most of it… and the professors were these three awesome ladies who are super smart and it was just great. The other reason that I think I liked it so much was because all of my other classes have been pretty much strictly lecture – but this one was, well, great ahha. It was interactive and a bunch of different things – we watched some videos – and I even participated! Also, this room actually had a door and was quiet which was much better than my other class – though the door proved to be a problem haha. After class had started, the door was shut. But as is life in Argentina, some people came late, which was when we discovered that the door refused to open again – which was very amusing and the professors were just laughing and laughing. We went on with class, with some classmates on the other side of the impenetrable door, until we heard a sawing noise and the door popped open. Yes, they just sawed the lock right off haha. It was fun. But I really really like the class! It was super long – four hours- but if I take this one.. I will only have three other classes instead of four.

Before class, since we were early, we went searching for the book we need for our concentration –  it took four different book stores until we found one that had it. Then when I paid (my credit card works here!) the man asked where I was from in the States I said New York and he kept saying 25 and laughing and I’m still not really sure why…

After class I took the subte home and it’s like an hour ride because it’s not completely direct but it’s all I know right now hahaha. But then we had Gnocchis for dinner (so yum) so everything was okay 🙂 And then I fell right asleep because gosh this week is killing me haha.
I didn’t go to my UCA classes the past two days because I didn’t really like it and I figured I had my two USAL classes that were okay to fall back on. So I just went to Spanish class this morning.. there were only three of us for a little while and the prof was nowhere to be seen – so the head of the Spanish classes taught us for a bit. She seems super mean but I really like her. I told Allison that I want to take my actual Spanish class for the semester from her because I feel like it would be a beautiful love hate relationship – I would love her and she would hate me – and it would be wonderful. In class she made me read my homework from the other day out loud (such torture) which was awkward because I was the only who actually wrote the full typed page we were supposed to have so I had A LOT to read. But when I was done she told me that it was very very good! YAYAY. Then the prof showed up and we carried on with correcting my paper – my one issue is por and para. SO hard. Like gosh the words mean pretty much the same thing why didn’t they just pick one? Like come on.

Anyway, after class I talked to Celina (the woman I wanted to take my Spanish class with) because I don’t know if I can actually take her class and she was really really happy that I wanted to take her class 🙂 I think that’s my favorite thing ever, when you say something you don’t have to say or do something you don’t have to do and you can see the pure genuine happiness and gratefullness (is that even a word? My English is getting terrible) in the other person. It happened when I was waiting for the bus today too.. it came and I let this worried looking lady get on before me and she looked at me a little shocked and genuinely said thanks (well, she said gracias, but you get the point).

I went home after that and took a nap, had my lunch, surfed the net haha. Then I headed back to IFSA for my meeting with my advisor. This is the gem that greets us everyday:

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I had a class at USAL to go to at 6pm and I was really hoping she’d be like no don’t go! You should just take that other class because you really liked it. And that’s exactly what she said! It was wonderful. So now I’ve officially dropped all of my 3 credit classes and I’m just trying out three 6 credit UBA classes. Yay! So much closer to a real schedule. And tomorrow I found out which Spanish class I’m in and possibly when I start my internship!

On the bus home I sat and read my book for class… it’s pretty good! Very interesting. When I got home my host mom was very excited that I had dropped the class because that meant that after her class gets over at 9pm we can eat and she won’t have to wait or not wait and then feel bad haha.

Pasta and cream sauce for dinner and a fresh pear! And bed haha.

No, You May Not Steal My Things Sir

Today was an experience… and I think it came at just the right time.

I had a class at eight thirty which I went to and all was well. I’m not a super fan of the class, but I understand so I might take it. After class I figured out how to go and print at a shop and then I made my way to search out the next place I had class – which was when it happened. I had my backpack on my front and as I was waiting to cross one of the main streets and I was watching the traffic to my right when a man tapped me on my shoulder. He pointed out that there was stuff all over my backpack and pointed to the sky. So I awkwardly said thanks and moved away from him feeling awkward that a bird pooped all over my bag. Which was when I noticed that the substance did not look like bird poop and in fact smelled like Mayo. I glanced over at the main and saw that indeed he had a mayo packet and a napkin in his hand. 

Just next what I expected happened… he rushed over to help me clean it up… but I knew about the scam, said no and held tight to my money and phone in my pocket and moved quickly away from him. Farther down the street another man pointed it out and tried to take my backpack off me to clean it off, then saying that it was on my sweatshirt (actually sir, it was not) and I saw the other man catch up and try to block what was happening to which I looked at the man and said NO and got out of there. 

AKA my successful avoidance of robbery today. It shook me a bit but I think it was a good reminder after my three week settle in that you can never be too careful. But also made me feel good that I didn’t let myself get played.

That is one of their big schemes here… to put something on you and then while they are cleaning it off, someone takes all your stuff. Welp, nice try boys, but ya didn’t get me. 

I had my human rights concentration class after that which I actually really really enjoyed. Then my Spanish class which was fun too. We had a crazy crazy professor today which was fun. The bus home took foreverrrrr but I made it. My host mom had some friends over who I chatted with and then I took a tiny nap before dinner because it was a veryyyy long day. 

Though I honestly have nothing to complain about because I took this today 🙂 :

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Also today was “chilly” and I felt the need to wear a light sweatshirt with my shorts and t-shirt…. 🙂

For dinner we had this corn pie thing and this super strange and tasty grapefruit juice! Also Cat Stevens was on the radio so that was wonderful. Plus my host mom bought me some really tasty fresh alfajores! Good day overall 🙂

A Wonderful Weekend!

I wasn’t sure if I’d like the Tango – but I can now say I do. It was so fun! I picked up the basics okay and it was really fun because the place we went to had us keep switching partners. Here’s a shot of the dance floor and some of the more experienced dancers:

 

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And a photo with some friends pre tango:

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Even though the weather was still really terrible, Allison and I walked there together – and we had a really good time! One man that I danced with (who was drunk) was very surprised to discover that I was from the United States – he thought I was from Argentina because I danced so well – I do appreciate the compliment on my dancing skills, but I do not look Argentine haha. My favorite dance partner of the night was this older man who looks like Steven Collins – the dad on the Fosters who was also the dad on Seventh Heaven:

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Like that was him. He was super nice and we were really good. After tangoing for a while Allison and I decided to head out at like 12:30, 1:00. When we passed an ice cream shop and realized it was still open, we decided to stop in. We stayed there chatting until after two and I ate this tasty cone of chocolate and white chocolate ice cream:

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After the ice cream we both made the long walk home. My host mom had friends staying with her who had come in while I was gone but everyone was asleep by the time I got back. I heard their voices in the morning but they had gone out before I could get out of bed. I had a lazy morning in which I discovered how to trick my computer into thinking it was in the U.S. so now I can use Hulu – aka I watched the new Bones episode. Then Sammy Allison and I went to lunch where Sammy and I shared a very good Chicken pie thing and then we got more ice cream and sat in the park. I was really bad about taking pictures this weekend – I have none, oops. We didn’t do much though… we went to a taco place in Palermo Soho that was good and then walked around for a while and ending up getting drinks from a Thai place. Sammy was adventurous and went for this spicy drink that was absolutely disgusting… I played it safe with a fruity one. Then my friend Olivia split of to go home and Sammy and I walked Allison to her bus. Afterwards we bought these chip things that were super good (kind of like bugles but I hate those and these were really good) and we walked home and talked. I dropped her at her house and walked the few blocks back to my house. When I had left for dinner I met my host mom’s friend and we had a conversation and she understood me and I understood her and it was beautiful. She was super nice. I met the daughter Sunday morning when they were leaving… she was also super nice! Sunday I laid very low and slept a lot while also writing this paper for my Spanish class. It was nice to relax. Today I put all the classes I’m trying out on my calendar and it’s overwhelming! Haha. For dinner last night I got to try all the leftovers from the weekend – they pull out allll the stops here for when company comes. I ate this ham roll thing that was super good and then we had crackers with liverwurst and Roquefort cheese – both good! She told me to butter my crackers before putting on the cheese too… it tasted good! Strange though for me. Then there was ice cream for desert that was kind of like Dibs in the States but it had dulce de leche in it. So good! And then some chocolate from her friend that was hazelnut. All good different things! And then I passed out for the night. 

Today I started a new class at UBA called the Introduction to Human Rights. I didn’t like it hahaha. I took me forever to get there and then the lady just talked about court cases the whole time which was not quite what I was looking for. After a long ride home, steak, pasta and salad for dinner with my first taste of Turrón (a almond dessert from Spain) I passed out and of course didn’t post again – so now I’m posting pre morning class. Oh and another photo I snapped on the street last night:

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And This Is Why I Came Here

So yesterday started with craziness, was full of craziness and ended with craziness too, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. My day started with a 7:45am class which meant I had to get up at 6am. And then at said class the professor got to me and pretty much was like oh this could be hard for you and I really wanted to say, no, really?? But after that the girl in front of me took my notebook and wrote down all this stuff that was really helpful for me so I could find the homework and stuff. She was also discussing the concept of  beer pong with her friends and how awesome it was and I really wanted to chime in and tell her that it’s so incredibly lame here… that a 2 ft table and 4 glasses is not beer pong…. but I merely thanked her for her help. 

After my UCA class I walked to the IFSA office for my Spanish class, which was fun and I really like the woman I have for the class. She’s super sassy and funny and has hair the color of a red crayon. Intense, but it suits her. She asked me to tell her what I did that day or the day before, in order to practice the past tense, and when I said I had class she was like oh my god! Today?? Already?? That’s absurd!! And then ran around telling everyone hahaa. After Spanish I registered for some of my UBA classes and then had time to spare before needing to meet up with my concentration at the Plaza de Mayo, so I decided to walk there and sit in the park and read my Argentine newspaper.

I did just that and it was beautiful out and yes, now I have a terrible sunburn. First I stopped to listen to this girl singing Beatles songs in the street for a bit:

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In the park there was this man was selling corn to little kids so I spent a lot of time watching (and taking pictures of) kids playing with the birds:

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Yes, that little girl has two birds in her hands… sadly I missed the shot where she threw them into the air.

After waiting  a while I met up with my group to watch the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo march, one of the main reasons I came here… and I was not disappointed. It was great. They marched around the statue just like the always have and at one point we joined in. There are two groups of Madres now with different ideals – here are some photos of both:

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Afterwards my advisor, who was with us, informed me that I have been offered an internship at el Parque de la Memoria, a park where los desaprecidos, the disappeared ones, are commemorated. A lot of the Madres visit there a lot and she thinks I’m really going to enjoy it! You can check out their website here: http://www.parquedelamemoria.org.ar/

After the park we visited the Cathedral right off the square, it was beautiful:

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After the cathedral we went back to the office and then explored a little book store for fun:

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After that I headed to class… I had one from 6pm to 9pm last night! It was actually fun mostly because the students were really nice. Since it was a night class, most of the people came from work – and they were really nice and chatted with me. Also the professor said something about how no one can ever understand his English and then he said something to me that I didn’t understand at all and then asked me to say “the pencil is yellow” in Spanish, which I did, and then he said “I just said that!” hahaa. Also when I gave him my last name he spent like five minutes saying “what movie, what movie” and finally came up with the Terminator to which I told him my sister’s name is actually Sarah Conner. He was shocked when I said I wasn’t kidding. Then after class he asked me why I wrote down Abigail as my name – to which I replied, uh because it’s my name… but what he really meant was why I was named that. I told him it was because it’s a family name – he said he liked it. Though he doesn’t pronounce like I do… he uses the Spanish vowels so it sounds like: Ahbiguyeel. Interesting. Then I took the Subte home and got home at like 9:45pm ate a lot of food, talked on the phone to my parents for a bit while laying on my bed, hung up the phone and then woke up at 6am fully dressed…. oops hahaha. Then today I got out of the house because the maid was trying to clean, we chatted first, her name is Rosa she is very very sweet. So I got to the office early and read my Argentine paper. Then I went to a chat with Mario about where to travel to which was awesome. And then it started to pour but I walked to my meeting at UCA. I met with this woman from the states who is doing a study about how study abroad affects language proficiency. I did all the tasks for today and then she paid me like 130 pesos! Ayyyy. One part of it was looking at pictures and deciding if the word you heard matched. One picture was of a boy and his dad and the word you heard was error. I mean the kid might have been a mistake.. haha. I couldn’t stop laughing.

It didn’t stop pouring… and then I waited for the bus for forever.. then two came.. empty… and didn’t stop. Then I discovered that the buses are on strike because someone killed one of the drivers last night. So I took the subte and walked pretty far to get home… and was soaked ahhaa. But I got dried off took and nap and ate and now I’m off to a tango club for the night! 🙂

So Many People Live Here

Today was a crazy day! 

I went to my second University today, the Catholic one:

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There I took a History of the Twentieth century class, which was harder than the other class I took yesterday because it was all about theory and I didn’t really understand a lot of the words. But afterwards I talked to the professor and he told me next class he’d slow it down a bit, which was really nice of him. After class I ate my lunch with this view:

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Then I walked back to the IFSA office past La Casa Rosada:

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And then through the Plaza de Mayo. There was a big protest going on with people in tents.. I’m not sure what it was. There were a lot of police and this great photo opportunity of these police officers all lined up but I didn’t want to get in trouble so I didn’t take it. But the main streets were shut down by the IFSA office with a different protest:

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Then I made my way to Palermo to have a meeting with my advisor where I got a lot of stuff sorted out. I spotted this cool looking hostel:

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Then it was back to IFSA for my Spanish class to finish out the day! After class I went to my bus stop and there was a huge line… I think only one bus was running because every stop had a huge line. This bus had no seat on the right wheel covering and I was over standing smushed in between people and was not about to let the prime free space go to waste so I crawled on top and sat. Everyone thought it was a great job and told me so when they got on the bus:

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I ended up getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the way because I was so over the crowdedness. Then after getting home I took a little nap and did my Spanish homework. For dinner we had steaks… the meat here is so so good. It was super tasty. I did much better today on my during dinner grammar test, though I have yet to perfect it. After dinner I finished up my homework and got to talk to Marli for a while! I’m so lucky that I’m able to call people for free. It was wonderful to talk to her. Yay for technology and wonderful friends! Tomorrow is incredibly busy, so, to bed.