¡Amigos! and a room

Trip Start Jul 12, 2011
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Trip End Dec 19, 2011


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Where I stayed
ISEDET

Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's 3pm Buenos Aires time (that's 2pm EST to give you a reference), and I just finished hanging out in the kitchen for a couple of hours with a few other international students here at the school. They seem AWESOME!

Philip is a student from Germany, Angie is a student from Colombia, Naehr (sp?) is Argentine but is apparently still a student with international status, and Carmen is another American who, after traveling through France and finding a love for theology, ended up here at ISEDET for Master degree work.

I am humbled by how difficult it has been to understand people, at least for my first few hours off the plane. When I first got to ISEDET earlier today, no one was here except a couple of secretaries and a doctoral student, so I walked down the street to get a slice of ham pizza. (I'm not even sure what I ordered - I bumbled out "yo querría un café con leche y una porción de jabón" and I got a slice of pizza, some orange juice, and a coffee. Close enough!). After spending a while with the other students in the kitchen, however, it seems that my Spanish is coming back pretty quickly. I'm able to understand most things without a problem, at least in a general sense. Carmen said that I was the first native English speaker that she had met in a long time (i.e. I think for several years), so I'd better adapt quickly!

I brought three electrical adapters for the wall outlets, since Buenos Aires uses the German Schuckostecher (sp?) and Australian plugs, depending on how old the buildings are. Looks like my room has the old German plugs : ( Will have to talk with Sra. Gladis in housing to see if they can do something about that.

This is all fantastic, by the way. : ) I'm enjoying the adventure. Finally got the internet working well, and the other students have told me that Skype works well if you go to a part of the building with stronger Wi-Fi signals (hooray!).

Headed out into the city in a few minutes - some of the students are going shopping, so I'm going to tag along!

-Will
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