February 12, 2013
So, I have had a five day weekend since I never have school on Friday and the last two days were holidays here in the good old country of Argentina. On Friday I was walking along a street, called Santa Fe, and happened to run into one of my new friends that I go to school with… so, naturally he and I went in search of a good restaurant for lunch. We ended up getting some really swell pizza; it may be of interest to my readers to note that in Argentina they do not really believe in putting more than about a spoonful of sauce on their pizza, but they are not at all shy about the amount of cheese. Saturday I then walked about half an hour to my friend Lyra’s home stay and she showed me around her neighborhood, which is in an area called “Palermo” where there was a small artisan street fair and some expensive touristy shops and restaurants. Unfortunately we made the mistake of stopping at one such restaurant which ended up yielding less than satisfying food. I ordered a mango smoothie and what was placed before me was a cup of water with tons of ice and a splash of mango flavoring. Therefore, solidifying my life decision to never eat at a strictly health food place ever again! However, afterwards, since we were feeling way to healthy after the pile of veggies we consumed, we got some seriously unhealthy ice cream
On Sunday Lyra and I once again ventured out together and went to San Talmo, the place where my wallet was taken a few weeks ago. This time, thankfully, instead of losing a wallet I purchased one from one of the local artisan woman. After walking around for 5 hours we parted company and made our way to our separate residences just in time for a big thunderstorm to sweep over the city and force the temperature down to a respectable place on the thermometer. Therefore, since I did not want to walk the half an hour to church in storm which can best be summed up as “raining cats and dogs”, I got to skype with my wonderful boyfriend
Monday my family went away to visit my host father’s brother so I had the house all to myself… which was cool for like 2 hours and then I was very bored. However, in the midst of my lingering in self pity over my lack of human contact, I received a facebook message from some fellow students detailing a plan to hang out in the afternoon/evening. I was relieved and practically ran to the park where we were meeting so I could have my first social interaction of the day. That night I got home around 11:45pm after a wonderful evening, which included me cooking; something that I have missed doing since I have been here.
Today, admittedly, has not been anywhere as nearly as exciting as the rest of my weekend. I have been just sitting around studying my Spanish vocab, napping, and eating. I am looking forward to going back to school tomorrow and getting some more homework so I have something to fill up all my free time. lol