A few thoughts

Trip Start Feb 14, 2008
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Trip End May 06, 2008


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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hola todos!
This one is going to be different because I realized that all my other blogs have just been about what I have been up to. I guess that is kinda what my blog is all about though, letting you all know what I have been doing, but I am going to switch this one up.
After a lot of work I finally got a package from my family! wooooo!! I don't recommend that anyone sends me any packages.. it takes forever to get here and the process of actually obtaining the package is really rediculous. I think that letters will go through okay, but I don't know since I haven't gotten any!
Suprises in Argentina:
1. The amount of globalization. There is a McDonalds here, and a Wallmart in Buenos Aires, ugh. I guess that the stores here are trying to be more like the US, with shirts in english and the like. I have to laugh though cause the shirts are often spelled wrong or just don't make sense. Por ejemplo: "I know I'm georgeous" or "Music for you pleasure."
The stores and restaurants play American music, and a lot of the shows on TV are from america but with subtitles.
2. All the wild dogs everywhere. They travel alone, in packs, and go pretty much whereever they want. We have wild dogs in my school..
3. How accomodating people are in general. Anyone that I have met seems to be pretty nice and really eager to talk.
4.how nice the cafes are. All the weighters wear nice clothes and the coffee always comes in a cup and saucer, often accompanied with a tiny glass of soda water and maybe a little cookie too. In all the restaurants they let you stay as long as you want. There isn't that "eat and get out" mentalitly. People like to sit and chat for hours here.
Oh there are sooo many things that came as a suprise to me that I can't list them all unless I wanted to write a novel. I will tell you more when I get home or something!
Frustrations:
1. THEY ARE SUUUPER DISORGANIZED. agh. Our class is in a different room almost every day and they don't bother to tell us. The head lady in charge of us was supposed to get us study buddys here that we can be friends with. I think that maybe we will be meeting them tomorrow.. now that we only have 3 weeks left..
2. This goes along with the above- we aren't intergrated. We don't have friends except ourselves and our families... it's kinda really too bad. I try to make friends but it is dangerous to be friends with anyone unless you were introduced to someone. sigh. i kinda had a friend who I met in the plaza but he got really obsessive and I had to tell him to leave me alone. yikes!
3. WAAYY too many people for my comfort level
4. the traffic and pollution and all the catcalls.
Joys of Argentina:
1. I love the siesta hours. Buisnesses all shut down just so people can go take a nap or be with their families for a bit. I like that they make their lives alittle less centered around work work work.
2. My host family. Graciela and Lourdes are so wonderful. We joke and chat all the time and I am going to miss them when I leave. I also really like my extended family. They all are very including and are interested in me. My host grandma just taught me how to knit two days ago, and I love it! Graciela calles me the knitting spider, because my yarn is black. "arana tejido."
3. The plazas. There are a lot of them and are pretty. Every sunday they hold free dance lessons in each of the plazas. So far I have gone to Folkloric dance, and tango.
4. It is pretty easy to travel around and see all the great sites that Argentina has to offer. They have large double decker busses that have reclining seats and are pretty nice to travel in.

well I could write a TON more but I am going to enjoy a siesta! This weekend I am going to Tafi de Valle to see the ruins of Quilmes (also a famous brand name of beer here) and some other sites. I will write all about it when i get back.
lovelove!
Andrea
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autebria
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Sounds like a good time!
Hi Andrea!
That blog was super cool. It was nice to get an idea of the culture there. I wish we had cafe's like they do. Oh and its so weird seeing American stores like Mc D's and Walmart in a forgein country, it just gives you this 'ugh' sort of feeling.
Things are good here in P-town. Its still very cold and there is still like 5 feet of snow on the ground where we want to get married! It better warm up quick, I don't know what Im going to do if there is still snow by June!
We miss you lots! I can't wait to see you so you can tell me about all of your adventures and I want to hear you speak espanol. Luvs! -Kathleeeeeeen

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