Living in the City

Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
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Trip End Dec 20, 2010


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Friday, January 29, 2010

Another fun filled week in the bonnie Buenos Aires has passed with us now a fortnight into our wee adventure.  We feel like we have now well and truely conquered the city and we are now really enjoying the best that the city has to offer.

We have completed Level One of our Spanish Course (doing a wee dance right now) and by the end of this week we were glad for the weekend to arrive (this is an odd feeling as we did not expect to feel this way when travelling).  Each morning at 8am we get on the packed subte to get to school (which kinda feels like getting on the tube in London except more crowded and hotter even with all the windows down) however it is only for 15 mins and costs a measly 20p per ride.  We then spend 4 hours being spoken to in Spanish which seriously hurts our heads and praying that Eze our teacher doesn't decide to grill us about what we did the day before.  Mark learnt the hardway on Friday when he left his Andre Agassi Biog that he was reading out on the table.  This led to some questions from Eze which then turned into a 25min grilling in spanish when Mark mentioned that Agassi smoked crack.  Poor Mark was sitting there getting more and more stressed as he tried to explain the book with a very limited vocab of the spanish language.  Lesson to be learnt - don't bring anything interesting to spanish class as you will be tortured by Eze.

The weather this week has been extremely hot hitting 36 degrees most days - this means that you can only stay outside in the heat for so long before turning tomato red in the sun.  This has resulted in us making the most of the little cafes and bars by sitting in the shade enjoying an extra cold beer to cool down which they do well here in Argentina. 

Our cultured activity this week was going to the Evita Museum which was not far from where we live and since we had already visited her grave we thought it worth going and finding out a little more about her.  The musuem was housed in this amazing building but unfortunately that was the highlight of the whole experience.  We both left the museum knowing about as much about Evita as we did before we went in so for me not that great, it was air conditioned though so that was a big plus and we got given a free bookmark (always handy) as well.  So we would only give it a low score of 4 out of 10.

Friday night was fiesta time with us going out with the gang from spanish school.  We ended up in "La Gato" (translation the cat - please note that no cats were actually harmed in the making of our dinner) it was in fact a nice italian resturant not too far from where we lived.  It was a great night with the beer flowing and really good and varied company from across the globe.
 
We have a tour of the Tigre River and City booked on Sunday and I think we are off to the zoo this afternoon so i'll hopefully have some interesting things for you in the next blog!!!!! Cheerio for now!!!!
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