Bar y Bailar

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


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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's 3:40am Buenos Aires time, and I just finished dancing for three hours with four other students here at the school. We went over to a local pub that's a few blocks away for a couple of hours around 9pm, and things continued until 3:40am. I'm finding that every time people go out here, it takes a few hours.

Not that I mind : )

We got two big bottles of beer for the five of us (it looked like they were about 2 liters each). It was a beer called Quilmes and it tasted a lot like a good pilsner or light beer. I was shocked when Cristian (another of the international students - he's from Germany) told me that a 2 liter bottle of beer like that goes for roughly 6 pesos at the supermarket! That's like $1.50 for a beer that's bigger than my head! The going rate at the bar is around 20 pesos though - quite a markup.

Angie took me by the supermarket today, and I finally was able to buy a bunch of food for myself. She also showed me how to use Subte (the subway) and the colectivos (the buses). Both are VERY affordable (it only costs 95 centavos to travel by colectivo all the way across the city - that's like a 30 cents!). I feel a lot better now that I know I have something to eat here at the school and can take a day to stay in and rest if I need to. Things have been pretty non-stop, and I want to take some time to talk with boo tomorrow : )

I think that my Spanish is continuing to get better - it wasn't difficult to talk with Gloria, Philip, Cristian, and Marcia after we had been at the bar for about an hour. Hopefully my brain is going into Spanish mode now!

We left the bar around midnight, and then came back and danced to music videos on YouTube for three hours (HOORAY for German exchange students!!!)

Also, something from the other day that I wanted to mention - one of the normal radio stations here is Radio Disney. Never heard of it in the States. Apparently it's all the rage here. Everyone here knows all of the big American pop music hits almost immediately. For me, it's kind of like that Miley Cyrus song where she flies to L.A., gets in the cab, and puts her hands up and Jay-Z song is on. Except, when I got in the cab, it was the Miley Cyrus song.

Just kidding. It was something close to Miley Cyrus though. Personally, I'd prefer a little more Jarabe de Palo. But that's just me.

Ciao,
-Will
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