Well suffice it to say I’m not the best blogger, yet I’ve kept up with the classic study abroad tradition of forgetting to update my goings on until over a month and a million events have passed.
But anyways, I’ll do my best to make up for lost time. So when I l
ast left you I was really starting to hit my grove with the language and feeling quite content and…at home shall we say? In the past month I have come to truly love my life here and all the people in it. Between classes with our at times eccentric professors, crazy nights of live music and smokey clubs, running repeatedly into the extensive red tape of argentine bureaucracy, finally having our own group of argentine friends, and generally living this porteña life, I have come to love this place.
A few highlights: Debating (in spanish) with most stubborn prof
essor/ex-employee of the World Bank about the nature of multinational corporations, wasting too many hours of my life on my as of yet still incomplete visa process, being nearly crushed alive by the collective hug of thousands of porteños squished into the widest avenue in the world to celebrate their bicentennial, conversations over yerba máte in the park about the culture of the argentine asado, my first tango lessons, witnessing true sports hooliganism first hand while watching argentina’s first world cup match with a group of college guys complete with hearing the city celebrate the win as everyone runs out onto their balconies and into the street to cheer, introducing our friends to the infamous “american breakfast” complete with scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, fruit salad, pancakes, french toast, and syrup made from scratch, coffee in one of the oldest cafes in the city (Cafe Tortoni) where borges and the like wrote their masterpieces, navigating the public transit system like a pro, embracing a diet of far too many refined sugars and carbs, feeling that wonderful sensation of being at home and never wanting to leave…
A few photos from recent events:
Sarah, Vina, and Desiree at Vina’s amazing San Telmo apartment for an asado.
Downtown on 9 de Julio for the bicentennial celebration, watching Argentina vs. Cananda… that’s Messi on the screen, as if Argentines needed another source of national pride they have the greatest current player in the world on their team.
This pic doesn’t do justice for the “quilombo del bicentenario” (quilombo here roughly translates to shit show…).