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So, I’ve been here for….a month??

The thing about this whole blogging thing…is that I forget to update until approximately a million and a half things have happened in my life. And then, I am slightly overwhelmed at the momentous task of describing all of these “million and a half things”. This is also one of the reasons why I never send email updates to people, even though I always say I will. (Shoutout to the people that get email updates from me once a year!) 

Since I am lazy and have a horrible memory, I am going to write about tiny tidbits of my life that have stood out thus far.

I have used so much less Spanish than I thought I would here. Not to say that everyone speaks English(which, why should they?). It’s more like my “conversations” in Spanish end up being of the survival type: How much is this? I would like to eat this. This month’s goal is going to be trying to push the envelope a little bit. Conversational Spanish style!  Also, I don’t want people to assume that I haven’t had nice, actual conversations with Argentines. I have, but they’ve all been in English. Apparently when you talk to Argentines in a college setting, the majority of them speak English. Who would have thought?

There’s a bookstore right by my house that I have been hanging out at recently that is pretty famous. It’s a chain called Ateneo, but my specific location used to be a theater that was turned into a bookstore. It’s pretty nice spending time in there struggling to read a kid’s book(in Castellano) while listening to the murmurs of various languages from all the tourists. I can’t figure out how to add images, so look up “Ateneo Grand Splendid”. I’ll figure it out later. 

On another note, I made a bunch of amazing friends here, and a few of them are already leaving! It’s kind of sad, but a bunch of them are only here for a month or so. I already said goodbye to two on Friday/Saturday. We went to a Salsa/Bachata club Friday night, and it was one of the most fun and excruciating things I’ve done during my time in Buenos Aires. Since my level of dancing proficiency is a -2/10, suffice to say it was an interesting night! I definitely got down on the dance floor to practice my awkward shuffling. 

What else, what else? Oh! I went to Fuerza Bruta with my program, and it was pretty extraordinary. I don’t even think pictures suffice. If you are ever in Buenos Aires, that is a must-see. It was in New York for awhile as well. I’m not sure if it is still there, but it’s definitely worth checking out. 

Peppa the Pig rules supreme here. My host mom’s grandchildren are over pretty frequently, and the 4 year-old LOVES the show. If you are ever in Buenos Aires, you can buy Peppa Pig paraphernalia on any major street. As I am too old to have ever had any innocent childhood exposure to the show, my only recollection is that one whistling clip. Here is the link for those that are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jil0WCh_UoQ

I can’t think of anything else to add right now, but I will update sooner next time! I start university tomorrow! Fun stuff!

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