Que calor hace!

Trip Start Jan 29, 2007
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Trip End May 30, 2007


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Saturday, February 3, 2007

My God Iīm sweating like a rapist who loves his job! Itīs 38 degrees today, a little cooler than yesterday, but itīs the humidity thatīs the real killer. Iīm hoping that Iīll get used to it, but 5 days in and it looks like Iīll be walking around with a permanent sweat patch on my chest.

So what have the past few days been like? Well Iīm staying with a woman called Silvia in an appartment in the Montserrat area. Itīs a nice place, located near the grand Parliament building. Silvia is nice though she keeps talking to me in English despite me wanting to speak in my lousy spanish. She has a strange habit of blaring Classical music out in the afternoon, which I notice when I come back from my classes for a rest. She has a son, Tomas, who lives a few blocks away, he has a couple of Norwegian girls staying with him, but he makes them dinner at my place.

My room is small and basic. Thereīs no air-con, but thereīs a tiny window which provides little ventilation but allows me to hear doors slamming, people shouting and the neighbourīs tv. Itīs basic but fine. My sleeping pattern seems to alternate, one day I sleep like a log and the next not very well...still Iīm starting to take a siesta in the afternoon, which is necessary because of the heat.

Iīve started my spanish classes. Iīve changed classes as the first one was too basic, and gone from 2 hours a day to four, which is a decision Iīm beginning to regret. I can grasp the tenses well-ish but my memory is not what it used to be and Iīm finding it difficult to remember vocab, which means that my conversation is shit. Still hopefully that will improve.

I started off without having meals cooked for me then decided to try. Silvia made me some chicken with some corn mush and a salad. I get the impression that she doesnīt cook much...my stomach thinks the same as it all passed through me about 3am, and again this morning. Still canīt be food poisioning as I havenīt been sick. Tomas will be doing most of the cooking I think, and Iīll be taking dinner with the Norwegians in the week.

Thereīs a good set of people at the language school. In one of my classes, thereīs a quiet english girl (she has exactly the same voice as you Anna and she also did a degree in Maths), a funny Swiss bloke with vivid gestures, and a Canadian girl. Also met a load of people on a school night out to a pool hall on Thursday. Met a load of Swiss girls, a Czech couple,. a few aussies and a brazillian bloke....all very nice people. We played a bit of pool, then headed to a restaurant in las Canitas...an area with tonnes of restaurants and bars. Had a massive bife de chorizo which is like a rump steak I think....was massive and sooooooo tasty......it was about 11pm and by that time I was so hungry I couldīve eaten the cow itself. The meal was excellent and a bargain at around five pounds a head, including grog (which unfortunately was Stella). More drinks followed until I rolled back home at 3:30am. Had to get up at 8:30 for my classes the next day.....this knowledge and the heat made it difficult to sleep.

I was a right mess the next day, could not function in classes at all! Had to go home at 4 for a siesta to sort me out.

Took it easy last night, went to Recoletta to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by, then watched a film at the cinema.

Today, Iīve just been wondering around Recoletta, found Eva Peronīs (Evita) grave, and have just been generally wondering. Will take in a few buildings now and then relax in the park for a bit.

Tonight am off to a salsa club with some of the Swiss girls which sounds like a bad idea unless it has air-con. Will see how that goes.

Thatīs all for now....over and out!
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