Stepping off the Gringo highway...

Trip Start Oct 28, 2005
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Trip End Jun 23, 2006


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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

i loved BA at first sight...the edginess, creativity, political awareness...real, down to earth, people- who don't seem to be trying to keep up appearances (maybe because of the economic crash in 2001 where so many middle classers saw their world crumble around them)... not to mention how cheap it is here because of the economic situation...

Ive been in Buenos Aires a month now (wow!) minus for my interlude to New York...and my time here has been far from typical backpacker life (thank god). When I arrived in BA, i was really struggling with the Gringo highway and backpacker scene in South America...I was definitely caught up in the flow of traffic on the highway from one destination to the next...because there are SO many diverse amazing places and people to see in South America, its hard to face that even if you spent years here, its nearly impossible to truly experience the whole place...

When I returned from New York, Cass had had enough of BA, and i was as indecisive as ever as to what I wanted to do, so we decided to go our separate ways for a while. My rough plan was to check out BA for a few more days before heading north, with the plan of making my way into Bolivia...but then my backpacking adventure took a twist...

I met Sadie (a very cool, very inspiring girl from New York i met at a hostel here), who has taken a break from her life to come to South America and write an economics book on student loan debt in the US...we connected instantly and for the last week or so we have been working together on her project. It has felt amazing to finally use my noggin for the first time in ages, and throw myself into her really interesting, incredibly challenging project. Somehow between the intense work sessions at cafes all over Buenos Aires at all hours of the day & night, I have been learning a surprising amount about myself and Argentina (cause you cant work all the time...) not to mention a real problem facing so many people in the world...debt.

Well, Ive learned to expect the unexpected, but never in my wildest imagination did i fathom that id be working on an economics book while on the road. Strange yes, surprising definitely, but i am absolutely loving it.

Oh, and i decided that it was time to do something that scared me a bit, so i went to a hairdresser here (where nobody spoke english)... and asked to be transformed into a blonde. yes, quite a laugh...and definitely scary... I didn't quite make it to blonde, but definitely different. Ill post a pic soon...
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