Thursday, December 24, 2009


Una muy Feliz Navidad a todos mi familia y amigos belilisimos!!!

Translation: A verry Merry Christmas to all my wonderful family and friends.

I love all of you and hope you have a fun-filled Christmas filled with love and smiles and an even better new year!! I miss all of you!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Que Quilomba!!

A mess of fun things and horrible things have happened since I wrote last!

The fun:
Lots of what i call: asado Sundays (i hear of one every Sunday! best thing ever!), including one at a huge mansion that used to be the Russian embassy, and is the very first house of Vincente Lopez (towards the outskirts of BA). It’s now owned by the owner of San Juan Winery (in WA). They do lots of asados, opening up their home to strangers (all expats really) during the summer at this shwanky, huge place. Also got a tango lesson from my good-for-nothing-now-ex-landlord. Actually, she’s really, a nice woman. Being a landlord is just not her calling, by any means! Anways, it’s way more fun dancing the tango than watching it! It becomes quite fast (it looks like a slower dance to me) and is more sexy dancing it than watching it too! The instructors thought I was great (yay! inlcuding an old man who looks like a professional). But then they chose me to get passed around to dance with one guy from the next (which they totally could have got the other girls doin it too). Oh! And they spoke English for me so I could understand! Haha! They kept translating for me, so that was super nice of them! Hopefully I’ll go again at this Pena (a bar where they play live folk music and offer cheap lessons on Wednesdays! -Jeff, Mike, this is my Munzar substitute place! 

Also got to go to the Creative Advertising Awards, which as an Advertising major is like a kid in a candy store! Tiffany’s student gave her 4 tickets and she invited us (not just anybody can go)! It was held at a huge club and it really seemed like it was just that, a night out at a club. We missed the awards -finally something Argentina was right on time for and we were late! Weird! All drinks were free the entire night and they had hors d’oevres. It was like a giant company party, only for all companies. Advertisers sure know how to have fun! Upstairs they had all these print advertisements posted for all to see. 

We also enjoyed a gigantic Thanksgiving dinner at that huge mansion I mentioned earlier. I also invited Joaquin, Laura, and Linda (a new friend from Germany!) for their first Thanksgiving dinner.! Joaquin actually liked it, which says a lot considering they know how to do meat here and turkey doesn’t make the cut. 

Also started taking Spanish courses!!! Sooo exciting!! I absolutely love it (but then again, i’m in love with languages!)! Though it’s kinda funny cuz I keep wanting to speak French to her, since it’s soo similar! I won’t remember a word in Spanish and want to say the French word, but realize it’s French so I ask her how to say it. It usually turns out to be pretty much the same word! I take one-on-one course so the time can change according to my schedule! This means I finally got a few classes from 2 of the many schools i’m employed at! Only I’ve just been told that classes end Dec.11th and resume in March....?!?!?!?! Unless, of course, students have taken a tests that allows them to continue during this break. Would have been nice to know about this way before Dec.10th (when I got this friendly reminder email! wtf!) But! a day after that, one of the schools informs me that my students will carry on during the break -though I’m a bit skeptical since they’ve never took the test...we’ll see what happens....Oh, they have a break until March, not just for Christmas, but it’s summer here meaning it’s summer vacation. And everyone, E-V-E-R-Y-ONE gets the heazy up outta the city come January. Apparently it’s too hot to stay here so everyone runs for a beach town....I’m scared for the weather to come! I was talking to Joaquin the other day, and he was telling me it gets to 40C here in January -including the crazy humidity!!! I was like “ often?!” And he replied with: “when it’s not raining.” So I said “how often does it rain here in Jan?!” hoping to god it rains a ton, but then he replied with “maybe twice a month”....shit. haha! Think I need to go live at a beach town myself this Jan...perhaps slather suntan lotion on people’s backs for money!....Or maybe just do some traveling! haha!

Also got to go on a late night radio show -though only said a sentence or 2! haha! (Lack of Spanish). Fernando and his friends do a show Friday nights and invited me to come. After we went out and got in to champu/shampoo (sp?) for free! Apparently it’s a very popular and fancy-shmancy club that you gotta know someone high up to get in. Fernando cooked up an asado for his friend’s company party earlier that evening, and they went to that club that night as well -letting Fernando in and bringing friends!

Tiffany (among with many others -whether it be for good or for a month’s vacation) is leaving this Friday for good -SD is geting her back :0( So we celebrated this past Saturday night. Gonna miss my dancing partner!

The gypsy reaches a whole new level:
Well everything always happens at once and omg did it happen!!! We were supposed to move into this rad, RAD apt Dec.1. We even put a holding deposit on it and such. Well ONE week before move-in date comes along and all of the sudden we’re told by our new landlord that we can no longer move in. He gave us bullshit story after bullshit story. Plus it was too late for us to ask to stay longer at the national park (aka my old place. ya know, the one that often show-cased Iguazu Falls in my living room when it rained) cuz that landlord already found people to take over in Dec. With finding a 3 bedroom at an affordable price like finding a needle in a haystack here, I told Cassie and Brian we’ll keep searching for a 3 bedroom, but I’m also going to look on my own. And that they should find a 2 bedroom together. I figured this way would make things easier -esp considering we had only a week to find a home! ooooff! But i guess they also decided not to search together as well, and we all ended up a part. So that week I was literally running around from apt to apt to apt, and having no luck. Not to mention how we didn’t have internet for almost a full 2 days! One of those days also included no electricity, since it went out on my entire block for a very good portion of the day! urgh! Not only that but that very week, 2 of the many schools I’m employed at, gave me classes! Then I also have my Spanish classes -which I had also just started a few days prior to the shit hitting the fan. And I had some job interviews! And I’ve been having this really bad pain in my hip from outta no where! So much so that it hurts to walk on the leg! One time i pretty much hopped home! And i have a really high pain tolerance (exibit a: staple sticking clear through my toe and i went to sleep with it in cuz i didn’t know it was there). But of course, after all of that, had no luck with finding a place! I didn’t want to just chose anything and have to move again in another month. Luckily, I have really amazing friends here and everyone offered up a place for me to sleep until I find something. Even the Joes, offered up their “nice” hardwood floor! haha! And one of my private students, whom I absolutely love, wanted to have me stay at her office (which is really a one bedroom apt). Man she was sooo in to it, so cute! She tried to convince me how she would just bring in a mattress, told me she was there only 3 days a week for a few hours (she has another office, she’s a child psychiatrist), and I wouldn’t even know she was there when she came! How she wouldn’t charge me anything cuz i’m “like her daughter” and i could stay as long as i needed! But Cassie was the lucky winner and I moved into her place -and man what a great choice! woman greeted me with fresh baked cookies! yaa!! (Cassie’s mom’s friend lives here and happens to own a studio and a one bedroom. So she’s charging Cassie peanuts to let her stay at this awesome place.) I was only to be there for what was to be a few days. I say this cuz i found this sweet apt the day before move out of national park date! Only the girl that was planning on moving out, had no where to move to. On top of that, her bro was comin to visit that very week! Well, she was going to stay the first few days of Dec. and then move out. The apt is a good size, but for 4 people (I would be living with one other girl), way too crowded and just wouldn’t work! So i decided to stay at Cassie’s until she moved out. 

All though this place was awesome, it’s a bit more than I wanted to spend. With not having many classes and worried I won’t get more for a long while, I really didn’t want to have to pay so much. So i decided to keep searching that week. Running around all over again, including seeing a really, really cheap apt with a pool. I thought no way could this be right! what the heck’s wrong with it?! So I go see it, and the guy shows me the place (now at this point, I’m thinking the usual i get my own room and he has his own room, ya know -the usual!). He shows me the kitchen and living room while telling me he’s gay and another gay couple have the other bedroom. Then we get to the tiny bedroom with ONE DOUBLE bed in it and he casually says: “this will be OUR room.” Considering he’s Argentinian, I just figured he mixed up his possessive adjectives (which being an English teacher, i know is a very common thing students do). So to clarify, I say back  “so this would be MMMY room, right?” and he goes “ya, we would sleep here.” i’m looking at the ONE bed and am really stunned that this guy would think he can just find a stranger off the street who wants to sleep with him in a double bed!! So I think no way is that right! I try to clarify again: “you mean, i get this room to myself, and you sleep in the other room, right?????” and he goes “no, we sleep here” ?!?!?!?!?!?! i go “we (hand gestures) sleep in that bed...together....??” and he goes “i suppose that could be a little uncomfortable for you. I could see if i can get two single beds, but I think it’ll be ok with just this bed.” I go “no I don’t think this is going to work, don’t worry about it.” Then he’s like “well you think about it and let me know”. And i’m like “no, no. i’m not going to take it, but thanks!” We walk back to the living room and he continues to try to sell me on moving in. He shows me the view of the gigantic pool off the balcony, while continuing to tell me to just let him know what i decide. i again, tell him it’s a no and then go to leave. on my way out, he AGAIN says “k you just think about it, and tell me what you decide.” I say “i’m telling you right now: i’m not going to move in, but good luck! hope you find somebody! bye!” he says back, “ok call me and let me know!” haha! oy vay! dude’s thicker than brick wall! haha!

a few days turned into a week, and a day before move-in date (with the sane girl, separate beds, even separate bedrooms -phew!) i find an awesome place!!! it’s a house with random people from all over the world and the owner, who’s british lives there!! Super great location (yes kidman, you called it! palermo it is!), a rooftop terrace, AND a foosball table!!!! oh! AANNNNNDD my very OWN bed! haha! 

so why am i not in it right now you ask?

it’s not avail until the 20th! crap! so i talked to cassie and she’s movin from the one bedroom to the studio with no couch on the 9th. having many offers of places to stay, i planned it out to stay at cassie’s for another few days and then to joaquin’s -which means my own room! only he’s going to visit his sister in WA on the 18th, so gotta be out by then. crap. But! i have to make a border run (visa expires) on the 17 (remember: it all happens at once)! i have a friend living in santiago right now, so i figure i would use this opportunity to make it out to chile! so i though perfect, i’ll leave the 15-16th and come back the 20/21st. So i make it out of pipa’s a few days earlier and i get back and have my very own room awaiting for me! que bueno! oh cassie is generously letting me keep my bags at her place while i make my border run! perfecto!

wait,!my life is still a quilomba! ha!
i realized yesterday that i no longer have my debit card....i have a feeling it’s here at pipa’s somewhere. I tore a part every inch of my suitcase and backpack looking for it with no luck. called the bank, they won’t send it over seas. so in 10 days, my parents get it. Then it’ll prolly be another 10 until i get it from them. sooo now, i had to figure somethin out, and quick (bus to Chile is 24hrs)! Either make a day trip to Urguay or still go to Chile. The bus tix aren’t that expensive (to Chile), considering i have a place to stay there, must be out by the 18th here, and if i go i’ll come back in perfect timing to move into my pad: i’ve decided to go anyways! joey is generously letting me borrow money until my card comes! So that’s a huge relief!! phew!!! again, i have ah-mazing friends here!

meanwhile, i'm getting eaten alive here at pipa's pad. hope none of these 'squitors have dengue, cuz that would just be my luck!!

but hey, “life is learning to dance in the rain”, and i think i’m mastering a storm! i’m pretty lucky that these classes are magically going to continue. and actually, the second school mixed up on the dates as well! I found out today that my student really wants to continue! so i think they’re going to make it happen! i also just got a new private student who wants to meet daily and begged me to hurry back from Chile today! haha! I’m even more lucky to be blessed with such great friends! And more importantly, i’m still enjoying living here immensely!! i’m also really lucky that i just lost my card and it wasn’t stolen along with my backpack containing my passport and green card (ahem, Barcelona)! So at least I can still leave the country, and even get back in to the USA or Canada if I wanted! haha! schwing! 

Now I just need the trip to Chile to be safe and a blast! I think i deserve it at this point! be continued....duhn duhn duhn!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Iguazu Falls

A few weeks ago I went to Iguazu Falls with the Joes for a few days! It truly was amazing, completely understand why they call it a wonder of the world, completely worth the 40 hour roundtrip there! Put this location high on your places-to-go-before-I-die list!!!! i think what really made it, is they have catwalks which lead you right over, right next to, right infront of the falls -it's not just a grand view. it allows you to become a part of it and you get this whole other experience of seeing it rush under your feet or look over the railing right below to see where it lands. magical!

We took a 20 hours bus ride and it was great! I was really dreading the trip, ya know, considering i have like 4 feet of legs to squish in between seats. but oh my! i'm even going to go as far as saying these buses are better than first class on an airplane! i guess when that's the prime way to travel here they make it goooood! loads and loads of leg room, comfy seats, free flowing alcohol, questionable dinner, english movies. on the way there, the server dude kept coming back to us to re-fill our drinks, instead of re-filling the other costumers -guess we musta looked thirsty! so that was sweet! and then the server goes and hides for the night, and the kitchen is up top (it's a double decker and we were on top, both times); so naturally, we just helped ourselves to more! but on the way home, i had to move to the back of the bus, cuz my recliner wouldn't stay reclined! well the server was hitting on me like no tomorrow; which in one way was great -more alcohol, and he found out the joes were my friends, so he kept filling them up as well! but then i had to deal with the slimy, luckily they only serve ya twice! eww gross, just remembering that dude. ick!

(above pic: at the 3 frontiers. i'm in arg., pushing brazil, on the right, away from paraguay, on the left).

we rolled in on saturday afternoon. we had just missed a brutal storm. the city was a mess! trees were down, electricity out in sections, we found a hostel (that was an adventure in itself. this one hostel wanted us to stay in the pitch black, one candle to light our room) and wound up at a really sweet one. we strolled around the city, and went to the point where you can see 3 countries at once (arg, paraguay and BRAZIL). so rad!! and brazil was soooooo close (i have a burning passion to go and travel around that country)!!! ...which we didn't go to the brazil side of the falls cuz the visa is mucho expensivo, even though i've heard lots that it isn't necessary and/or it's easy to escape the visa part -but we decided not to chance it. we also didn't go into paraguay (which is supposed to be super good for cheap shopping) cuz it just sounded highly unattractive -so dirty and crazy busy. plus, i'm with boys, i gotta be in the mood to shop myself, so shopping?! ya right! pass!

the next day, or should i say at the butt crack of dawn, we made it to the falls. it was a bit overcast, but absolutely breathtaking no less. we also saw our very first couple sighting -which was the game of the weekend. now, they aren't just any kinda couples. these couples, where the SAME EXACT thing (see below pic)! down to the shoes! so much so, they make you wonder if he's wearing a matching bra and if she's wearing boxers or briefs! ridiculous! and there must have been a special somewhere in town (his and hers for the price of one) bcuz there were loads of these in the park! who told them that this was ok? high spotting time: they come out primarily early am, making it harder to spot later in the day. anyways, that was fun to constantly look out for, as well as all the other wild animals in the park!

other animals you ask? MONKEYS!!! i've always wanted to see one, heck i used to want one when i was little, and we spotted a few in the trees! cute little monkeys!!! AWESOME! we also saw these weird anteater (but smaller) looking things. they come right out and snatch food away from the tourists (see below pic)! they looks so cute so people get up and close to them, taking pics left and right. i heard they can be quite vicious, so i didn't get too close, but joe sure did. i'm still trying to figure out how he didn't get bit! ooo but speaking of which, he was bitten, by a bug, and his left hand ballooned -no joke! it looked like it was going to float away! it was madly swollen for days! unfortunate! the whole time the boys, esp joey, were like girls jumping everytime they thought they felt a bug. me and david, this guy in our hostel room that hung out with us, were both like oy vay whilst shaking our heads. those boys would not survive canada! actually, joe was pretty good about it, up until the bite, but then it was downhill after that. so he had good reason. lets see, also saw little baby looking toucan sams!!! that was neat! and then i craved fruit loops...also, loads of butterflies everywhere! they even land on you!! lots were huge and had amazing, vibrant colors. one in particular was like this silky, shiny, bold blue. incredible. didn't see fishes though. was hoping to see some try to jump up stream before falling down the mass waterfall (is that mean?...i think so, dang) but no such luck -and trust me, i looked.

apparently the river has been flooded for the past 5 months! which means we couldn't go to the island in the center. nor could we do a lot of other activities they offer there. BUT, we were able to still take a boat which takes you right INTO the falls!! it was soooo rad!!! well worth it!! plus, i have to say, we were lucky it's flooded. this makes the falls that much more powerful and makes it that much better! plus, i met a guy at our hostel who said his parents came last year (they're from italy) for their anniversary, and it was dried up! went to go see WATERfalls and there was no WATER. weird. whoddathunk this thing actually dries up?! so we were super lucky there was too much water!

(the joes have a waterproof camera, this was taken right before we headed into the falls)

every time we went to the falls and walked all around, walking back and forth between them all (so many falls), they kept getting better and better. first day, took an obscene amount of photos. i tried not to take barely any the next day, trying to focus more on seeing it not through my camera, but then it was just jaw dropping all over again (the weather got better) and made it all look sooo different! so obvi, i had to take more!! it's insane how many i have. there should be a limit to the amount you can take there.

anyways, other than that it was super relaxing time. one night, the joes, david and i went out for dinner. oh man, we got hosed. we went to a parilla (bbq place) and got the deal where they serve up a grill of mixed meat. well i think bcuz we're foreigners, they creamed us with the bulk of the intestines and kidneys and what not! gross! one of them looked like a long fried fat penne noodle. oh gross. joey was a champ though, ate all those innards! haha! and the rest of the meat was awful, and this is argentina!! wtf? anyways, i'm sure the restaurant folk were amused and we gotta story out of it.

back in ba, i've been landing teaching jobs left and right, but no classes to be had. summers fast approaching and nobody wants to spend it learning a language! hopefully that'll change soon, real soon!!

oh! halloween passed! i was the jolly green giant! super easy costume! great fun! we went to a club that had a halloween night, which was pretty much all expats/travelers, seeming as how this country doesn't celebrate it. it was loads of fun though! this one guy was dressed as a professional swimmer, goggles, speedo, swim cap, and all -pretty hilarious! it was more of a foreigner thing, so it got started pretty early (not at 3 am), which meant that if you came at the typical argentine time, you weren't gonna get in -or so we found out. i invited two diff groups of my argentine friends, they showed up well into that typical argentine clubbin time, and they weren't allowed in! the ticket lady had already gone home for the night! crazy!

lets see, a celebrated a few bdays here and there. the weather has been getting really nice out, so we've been enjoying plaza dorrego just blocks away from our house. only every time we go we come close to getting food poisoning! but it's just so beautiful out, and to be in the plaza, and there's tango dancers (they're just like street folk here, so they come and beg after the show), that we just don't give up! haha! lots of restaurants, there's gotta be one that has food which won't be questionable! right?! lots of sunday asados (bbqs) starting up, which i've taken full advantage of!

my spanish has been increasing at a turtle rate. looking to enroll in classes though! also, i know 2 italians who know spanish. so we've started up a cambio thing -they want to learn more english. so that has been fun, esp bcuz these boys cook real italian dishes, right down to the dough! unfortunately, that's gonna stop for a bit, they're both going back to the motherland for a while next week. otherwise, i've been trying to use my spanish while i'm out n about. but almost every time i do, i somehow manage to tell the employee that i'm some sort of degree of horny! lol! woopsy! one time, i tried to tell this lady it was really hot out, and instead, i told her i was really horny! Plus, i made the super hot action where you fan your face and close your eyes as you tilt your head back! lol! joe ran out of the store cuz he was laughing so hard when he heard me tell the lady! haha! dang! and i was so proud of myself too! well, at least i'm saying those sentences right?, no, that doesn't work. haha! oy vay!spanish classes here i come!! haha!

we're also moving out come december!! thank god!! today it stormed pretty hard, and iguazu falls is now in my living room. sweet. typically we get rain when there's rain, but this one tops the charts. whole bunch of new...i'd say holes but that sounds small and these def aren't! anyways, can't wait to get out and on to our new place!!! we're at the top of the building and apparently nobody uses the terrace (which is our roof), so we get it to ourselves!!! so stoked! plus, this place is in WAY better condition and bigger!!

anyways, buenos aires is still absolutely amazing. i can't say enough how great it is! all my new friends i've made here are awesome as well, and i'm super thankful for them!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mi Gusta

An update soon coming about my 4 day stay in IGUAZU FALLS!!!!!

In the meantime 2 more reasons to add to the list of why this place rocks:

1.) "Doing laundry" here means taking your laundry to the laundromat 2 blocks away, give it to a woman who does it for you. 10 pesos per load (ahem $2.6 USD) and you don't have to bring any detergent or anything. You go back in a few hours and it's all folded and dry, ready to go! I really like this translation, "doing laundry", here!

2.)  When you rent a fully furnished flat here, you also get a cleaning lady who comes once a week. When inquiring about not having one come (you know to save money) the rental guy was like well it's not worth it, you won't really be saving anything, maybe 7 pesos per month. Beautiful. Though i do have to wonder how the heck these cleaning ladies survive off that kinda salary...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Horse Shoe Up My Butt

Well there must be a horse shoe up my butt or something! this week I've been training people the TEFL methods of how to teach English as a second langauge! lol! I'm laughing because I'm technically underqualified for the job! i only have a TESOL, which is lower than a TEFL, and was barely trained, never mind knowing any methods! so how did it happen? morgan works at a language school in the marketing department and they desperately needed a substitute for the tefl trainer course that started this past Tuesday. they were adamant to start on tuesday (instead of the following week when the trainer would be back) and morgan immediately thought of me! she called me up and i was like you know i don't know the TEFL methods, i only have 1 year experience, i'm in no position to do this -feeling rather uncomfortable about the whole thing, really flattered but uncomfortable to do it. but then she told me they pay and i was like YES! no problem! done! haha! so i'm officially "one of those" -ya know, that person that has that wicked high-paying job that they shouldn't have, and there are plenty of other people well-qualified and should have it over me! but it's only for this week, so i gotta figure out how to get my butt in there, or at least sub once a week each month or somethin!! i'm soo grateful to know morgran! she's super rad and just oozing with help!

found another great reason to love this city:
went out for dinner last night with morgan and her roomie and her friend. we went to this parilla and had to wait to be seated. if you wait to be seated here, for more than like 5 mins, they come around and give you a free glass of champagne/wine/beer!!! so you're standing outside on the sidewalk, drinking a free drink, as you wait! AND, you get free refills!! my friends also told me that you cold potentially swoop in on the free drinks, and then if you're still waiting, you can just leave! just tell the host that it's taking too long and leave! and they won't charge you a cent!! crazy sauce! needless to say, i'm gonna make sure i always go at busy eating times, so i have to wait to be seated! now that's what i call "worth the wait"!

we waited last night though! and it was super good food! can't wait to go back! there was a fight though, that broke out at this restaurant -which was a sausage fest (a true sign of how good the meat is: all men at the restaurant, barely any women, and they still pile in). so i suppose with the lack of women, the men need to prove their masculinity through fighting. one dude busted out a knife. got a bit scary but was stopped within minutes. and we were at a nice place too, like business men there, dimmed lights, weird! this italian guy that came out with us was like this is the point where we dine and ditch (mid-fight), but they place was so full with tables we would have had to climb over them to make it out, causing a scene -needless to say we didn't do it. those italians are smart though! anyways, the 2 sides of the fights went back to their respective tables, one of them with a steak knife in his back pocket as everyone in the place carried on with their meals. it was weird, they weren't asked to leave. though 10 mins later a load of cops came and escorted them out. it was an interesting way of handling things. but i'm glad nobody was injured, esp since one dude had a knife! and loads of men in there, who were ready to fight if necessary! that could have got ugly fast! esp with it being so hard to walk inbetween the tables! not an easy exit! and then they came and gave everyone a free glass of champagne for the disruption! morgan's right: she never gives me a dull time! haha!

anyways, back to the job hunt! can't believe in 2 days it will be a month since i've moved down here! it has gone by insanely fast! i only feel it has been 2 weeks tops!! love this place!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

You Are What You Eat

Wow! lots to catch up on! where to start?!....guess where i left off: with the canadian meet up!

my canadian friend, morgan, invited me out last wed. with her friends. we went to a club that was having a famous band, los bombos (? pretty sure that’s the name! they’re a brazilian style of band!), play and a really famous singer, juana somethin-or-other, was performing with them! super cool and fun to see! plus i was able to bring brian and cassie along with me! it was my first time meeting morgan in-person and she super rad! gotta love how the canadians stickin together!

on thursday, we moved into the new pad in san telmo! lots of onda (character) but a few minor problems that are still waiting to be fixed. our landlord has done a few things since, so i think she will actually get to doing all of them. san telmo is so quaint and cute! unfortunately, there aren’t as many trees. but everything is so close by and lots of cobblestone streets! in palermo (where we were before), everything was more spread out and it didn’t feel so homey.

this past weekend i got invited to joaquin’s (the argentine that took me and the joes out our 2nd night here) ranch/blueberry farm/weekend home with the joes! his dad throws bbqs come spring and summer time just for fun, and saturday was one of them! it was absolutely gorgeous and fun and fattening! but oh soooo good to get out of the city! i didn’t even realize it! and don’t even get me started on how tasty the meat is! i’ve heard for almost a year now how amazing it is, but all this talk sure as heck doesn’t do it justice, and if you know me, you know i’m not huge on meat! so for me to say this, holy cow! awesome!
break it down now:
saturday: the joes and i meet up at joaquin’s apt in belgrano to get a ride with him to baradero, located north of the city. we get there and find ribs stacked with meat on this huge pit/grill thing and a butterflied pig, head and all, grilling! crazy! this ranch had a pool, horses, pigs (minus one, and tasty one at that!), rabbits, chickens, and sheep! once their family friends came, hors d’oeuvres were served: homemade empanadas and choripan. note: empanadas can be a meal in themselves, think hot pocket sized. choripon, also a meal. it is chorizo cut down the middle and stuck in a fatty bun. and no, they were not cut into bite sizes for the typical appetizer portion! so we pretty much had two full meals -not to mention that within the hour, the actual meal was served!! aye dios mio!! but the ribs were to die for! just oozed off the bone with love! and don't get me started on how tasty it was! the ham was awesome too, and i don’t even like ham! i only eat pig in form of sausage! side dishes? not so much! this was a meat extravaganza here! they had buns, but nobody ate them, maybe a bite or two. salad, but again, barely touched! they just had heaps and heaps of meat!! lots of delicious argentinian wine was served as well! which i’m no connoisseur but ooo baby good stuff! and i don’t think it was bcuz i just came from awful wineville, aka turkey! super good! next: champagne and some kinda weird pastry thing was served for desert, along with their delicious coffee! food coma?! mmmm, is there something between food comma and food death? a food haze?!...fog?! ridiculous amount but really really ridiculously good!

then they had this band play, no not during the meal, but after. they played argentinian folklore music and were crazy good! these guys and the way they can work that guitar!! this one dude was a prodigy or something! at the end he started using a wine bottle to play the guitar! holy moly!

afterwards, everyone pretty much upped and left including the host, santiago! they barely sat around and chilled like after an american style bbq, weird. so once everyone was gone, it was just me, the joes, and joqua! at that point, the sun was setting and it was so beautiful. the joes and i wanted to go horseback riding but they weren’t set up to do so. But! there was a horse with an antique carriage conveniently attached, so the joes each took me for a ride! joey was convinced he had found his calling, but then the horse just stopped to eat and wouldn’t budge! haha! spoke to soon! then we hit up the atv! they taught me how to drive manual! awesome! and joey raced around in a classic motorcycle! sa-weet!

afterwards we chilled/tried to recover from the massive feast in joqua’s beautiful home and played card games. later, we ate some left over meat cuz you know, we hadn’t eaten enough already! this cow and pig just kept on giving! and then we all slipped back into a coma! so we beached whaled it in the living around the fire. we didn't have the lights on bcuz two of the walls are windows and the moonlight was super bright. i remembered mike telling me a bit about their magical/scary stories they have here, so i questioned joqua and it totally back fired! haha! (thanks a lot mike!!) he didn’t know any, but he scared the crap out of me (which i’m not usually such a wuss...must have been the meat!) and of course, the joes played along! since we got to the house, joqua had wanted to take us into the tiny town for dancing. at this point, we were all exhausted from all the food and could have easily passed out, but since i got too freaked out to go to bed; i got them back and made them go dancing -well ok, wasn’t too hard since they all like dancing, but it was more of a push to get them on their feet! so at about 2:30 (yes that’s when it’s good to go out here! yowch!) we left for the club. and oh my god! this town is like a mexican hovel and nothing but 14 year olds!! oh and i’m pretty sure those black censor bars would have covered more than what these girls were wearing!! meanwhile, i’m in a wool sweater (hey! i planned on being in the country the whole weekend; going out didn’t even cross my mind!)! lol! god, and the smoke! i’ve gotten used to the smoke in clubs from traveling, but this was a whole new level! at that ripe teeny bopper age, when it’s the cool thing to do, they light one up after the other. at one point i was gasping for air, i’m pretty sure i inhaled cancer that night! i was beside myself with the scene! i felt like i should have been chaperoning and going around scolding them as i rapidly whip the cigs outta their mouthes and find some piece of clothing to cover their hoohas! i mean, am i insane here?! how is this the thing to do...for the entire town to do?!! aye dios mio!!

anyways, sunday:

woke up to joqua cutting up the leftover meat from the pig and cow that really does keep on giving as he is singing some brazilian club song in a very high-pitched voice! haha! this guy is so funny! so breakfast: lol! chorizo! i had cut it up to serve as aps for when his friends arrived (which he invited over that day for another bbq), but i mean it’s bite sized and just sitting there! needless to say joe and i went to town on it! haha! ate a very hefty portion of it! woopsy!....breakfast of champs baby!

next, joqua’s friends arrived, and man, dude is a pimp or somethin! like 20 of them came, only 3 others were boys!! immediately i told joey to take notes! haha! all of them spoke english (phew!) and were super nice and fun! we hung out pool side, it’s spring here and was nice and warm. it’s that time of year when everyone’s excited to soak up any bit of warmth they can get. then we feasted, again. choripan and empanadas for hors d’oeuvres. then pig and ribs. no salad this time around. and only 2 people had a bun. and how many rounds of meat went around? nobody will ever know. they are seriously serious about their meat here! sooo tasty though! then we went back to hang out by the pool. everyone here loves to dance (YES!), so we busted a move or two! haha! all the girls were impressed bcuz my gringa ass has rhythm! haha! 

best part: i got to go horseback riding!! and there was no saddle and i was barefoot!! so amazing!!!!! i mean let me go horseback riding and i’m already bouncing off the walls with joy and now an experience like this, wicked!!!

later that night we all went back to the city as everyone has work on a monday! the weekend was much too short! i hope we get invited back! so relaxing and fun!

this past wed night morgan invited me to a cocktail party. they have after office parties here. people just go straight from work to a club, there are drink deals and blah blah blah. so i met up with her and her friends. it was quite interesting! lol! i heard lots of creepy crawlers go to these things to hit on women, but it’s hit or miss with the severity of them. now there was a fair share of them at this particular event, but we were in a big group so we could ward them off pretty well! haha! though i should warn you: that the world has ended, apparently bcuz this one guy is not tall enough for me -or so that's what he told his friend and the friend then relayed to me. oh, and i have the “buenos aires batman” at my beck and call. so i'm completely safe here guys, no worries! haha! i just scream or yell, whatever i want, and he’ll be there in a blink of an eye! haha! at least there were no marriage proposals like in turkey! lol! i mean where do these guys come up with this crap?! so hilarious! anyways, these group of girls were a lot of fun and i hope to get to hang out with them lots more! 

thurs night i met up with tiffany who used to work at effins, my watering hole back at state (thanks frank and jason for settin it up!). oh! and i brought cassie along cuz when i was telling her about my dinner plans, she was like wait! i know her! i took spanish with her back at state! (again greg, it is a very small world after all! mwhaha!) and to top that off, she brought along her roomie and this girl alyson, who also happens to know jason (and it gets smaller!)! anyways, tiff took us to a peruvian place. soooo sooo good, who’d a thunk?! but i have to say, their dishes either tasted like indian or chinese. regardless, super good! and *drum roll please!* tried the ceviche. as you all know, not a fan of the fish, but this didn’t even taste fishy! kelli, seriously you would have keeled over and died.

last night i got to see dustin, a childhood family friend!! he’s here on his honeymoon (cough! cough! katie and greg! cough! cough!). it was great to reunite with him (it’s like once in a blue moon our fams get to see each other) and meet his wife-y! she's super cool! i took them to a great parilla (grill house) along with the joes and the roomies. lots of good feasting of the meat and drinking of the wine! afterwards we went back to our area (which dustin and sara happen to be staying in) and wound up at a flamenco bar. we caught the tail end of the performance! awesome stuff!

tonight is the arg vs. peru game. gonna meet up with tiffany and some others at a bar to catch the game. afterwards, i plan to meet up with one of morgan's friends, mary, to go salsa dancing! olay!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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the hood yo (san telmo)!!!

Hit the Ground Running

The roomies arrived on wed am from a 24 hour bus ride from chile (can’t wait for that experience with these 4.5 feet o’legs!), woke my ass up, and immediately started the hunt for places to live. this hunt turned into an entire week of avidly searching and getting thrown into seeing random places. thank god brian and cass speak fluent spanish cuz that helped out loads; meanwhile i was like in my own world cuz i had no idea what was going on! at one viewing this one woman wouldn’t shut up about who knows what and brian looks at me and goes “what’s your fave movie? think about it and get back to me on that one” haha! So needless to say, I want to learn spanish that much more, and i magically have rosetta stone now so that will help loads!! so stoked! so it was a tiring week of hunting and playing the game of frog and dodge the garbage bags getting chucked into the garbage truck as we run through the line of fire racing to be on time to see the next flat in a country where it’s better to be late (hah, i know, we’re smart). but we did land a cool brick spot, with essentially no roof (it’s very luminous), in san telmo -the tango capital. the area has a very homey and bohemian vibe and a gigante sunday market -just blocks away! ooo and a plaza where people just chill. plus!! our landlord happens to be a tango instructor, and renting from her just happens to come with free instructions every monday night!! holla!! except it will be in spanish, so i might be a bit off on the beat as i’ll be looking at the others wondering what the heck she said and what moves comes next! haha! anyways, we get the place on thursday, so we’ll slowly make the hull over. brian is super cool, we've been jokin around lots and going on crazy adventures -he's def becoming my little bro fast! And of course, it’s great to see cassie again (the last time i saw her was before turkey -over a year ago!!).

i’ve been meeting more expats; not sure how i do it. i’ve been invited to loads of things and cassie and brian are like how and where do you meet these people?! this weekend should be fun but i’ll be missing out on hanging out with some new peeps. yet, i think it’s gonna be soooo worth it. joaquin invited the team (me and the joes) to his blueberry farm this weekend for bbq, horseback riding, motorcycling,...soooo freakin stoked!! 

this week has been big for the job hunt....”no i don’t wanna work in a building downtown” (thank you arcade fire). And seeing more of this magical city, and finding a blanket for my bed as my current is pink and satin -sexay kinda. i’ve been to a few volunteer things so far and really hoping to make this dream of working for nonprofits happen. i might be helping out the go-to guy for expats, he works for a volunteer org and the american democrat party that concerns themselves with all the expats and their well being down here *fingers crossed! plus this would actually concern my degree, so mom, dad: i might finally be using my advertising knowledge!

welp! gotta go meet an aussie and then off to meet a fellow canadian! and tomorrow is the big move to san telmo!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gone Rabbit

So i’ve been eating loads of empanadas (which are essentially a pita/hot pocket), pizza (ohhh the variety of food), ice cream (did i mention it tastes like gelatto?!?!?), and coffee (dude they grow it like around the corner and it's just that amazing) mainly just cuz it’s so dang cheap (k not so much the ice cream), and we’re not settled in quite yet to really cook and all that jazz. However, i decided at lunch today that i’m gonna surpass the craving for the tasty empandas to keep me from getting weighed down with that heavy carb feeling and have a salad. you know: get some veggies in me. not such a good plan! the salad consisted of bits of chicken, pineapple, and apples with the bases of no, not lettuce, but shredded carrots!! oh, and no dressing, though i added olive oil, salt, and vinegar (which i’m not sure that really did anything to the situation)....Think I will stick with the empanadas and hope the tomatoes inside the capresse one i typically get or the onions in the beef one will suffice for my veggie intake for now!

More to come on the haps soon! Just thought i would give ya's somethin to chew on for now...must be all the carrots i had...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Muy Muy Buenos Aires!

ok ok, i know i never came close to keeping up with the turkish blog and i wasn't going to start a new one without finishing it up, but wow! buenos aires! i'll finish the other one soon...ish?! sorry!!

so b-e-a-u-ti-ful buenos aires!! where to start?! it all really began on my 26 hour flight to ba! on my flight from lax to mex city, i was seated next to 2 guys my age. I heard them talking about their connecting flight and it sounded a lot like mine. so i decided to ask and sure enough, they were on my flight to ba hoping to become teachers, have no place to stay, barely know spanish -uhhhh hello -am i talking to a mirror here?!! haha! minus the no place to stay bit only because my amazing mom freaked out last minute and rented me a place for a short bit (thanks mom!)! so we hung out for the rest of the day (super long lay over in mex city) and sure enough, we were seated one seat away from ea other on our trip to argentina! weird?! after spending the day with them, i decided that these guys were chill, super nice, and trustworthy; so i told them they could stay with me. i was arriving on thurs and my 2 friends weren’t going to get in until the following wed, so i had 2 beds to spare! perfecto.

when we arrived in ba, our bags even came out one after the other! now that tops the crazy coincidence cherry on top! oh no wait: they’re best friends named: joe and joey! now i know what it’s like for people to hang out with “the katies”!

we’ve been having so much fun and it’s only monday! we went out with some argentinians on friday -joe knows of this argentine guy through a friend. he had us over for dinner and then took us out to a club. eating late here is weird but then you go dance your ass off all night, so i could very well get used to this lifestyle! haha! saturday night we went to a bar of this guy i know of through a friend (thx willie!). another dancing extravaganza, only not so hard core as the night before! ha!

the 3 of us have become fast friends and an awesome team. as we wander around this beautiful city, where i seriously feel like i’m constantly going through all the cities of europe, we’ve decided that one of us tries to get us lost, another puts us back on track, and the other just spaces out. the roles are constantly changing and somehow we have still managed to make it where ever we were headed each time!

this city is gorgeous; especially with all of the trees aligning every street. there are beautiful buildings adding to the character. stella is brewed here, so huge bottles for stinkin cheap! the people are nice. gelato-esque ice cream on every corner. i mean it’s europe on cheap: all rolled into one and a great price! what more could you want?! and oh the soccer -can't wait to get settled and into it! fastly falling in love? i think so!!!!

man i can't wait for cassie and brian to get here -ya know, the 2 i've been planning on living with! it's gonna be so much fun!