Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
That night we headed to Cordoba. Our bus left at 12:30 and we arrived around 6 a.m. In Cordoba there was so much to see. We stayed in a hostel called Palenque Hostel. Lucky for us, the night we arrived was free empenadas night. While most people would have just bought a bunch of empenadas we actually made the empenadas. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I can not wait to try to make them at home. In Cordoba we went to more museums and churches. I don't know what the deal is with churches, but they are really religious. The highlight of my time in Cordoba was definitely going to Ché Guevara's house. If you don't know who he is, he is an Argentine who led the Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro. It was amazing. I learned so much about him and his later life. I had already knew a little bit by the movie "The motorcycle Diaries." I had watched it in one of my spanish classes and at the Ché Pampas Hostel, but I feel asleep half way through.
Spring break was good. I was really happy that I went somewhere instead of spending my time in Buenos Aires. My 21st was also during spring break which was cool. We didn't do much for it since we were traveling, but I am OK with that. The real party begins when I get home just 2 more months can't wait. Until next time...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Upon arriving me my friends and I decided to go to the national park. There we did a nature trail which was nice, but long. When we finished we reached a natural pool. It was so cold. Part of me didn't even want to get in it and once I did I was stumbling everywhere from the big bolders. There was a small waterfall there that my friend wanted to take a picture under. I was definitely hesitant because black people just dont't do that type of thing. I was there for the experience though so I got under the waterfall and took the picture and hoped that my hair didn't get too wet. It didn't which is good since I still have some ways to go before I can go home and get it done. For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant which was really good. I ordered Lasagna. It was good, but I do not understand Argentines' obsession with putting ham in everything. It was good but I just wanted the simple meat sauce, cheese, and noodle lasagna that my aunt makes.
Sunday was our last day in Iguazú. This was the day that I realized that I was in South America. I feel like it is so easy to forget because Buenos Aires looks like Times Square to me. It's a city and a big one at that and being from the city it didn't really amaze me. However our last stop of the day was to the Triple Frontier. It is a place where three rivers cross and while standing on the Argentina side, you can look to your left and see Paraguay. Then when you look to your right you see Brazil. Each place had an obelisk so that you can know exactly waht you're looking at. Something so simple had me in aww. It was amazing to think that if I could swim a little bit I would be in Paraguay or Brazil which is where I really want to go. Hopefully I will get a chance because that would be hot.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This was my second consecutive weekend going out and I definitly enjoyed my self. My friends and I went to a buffet style restaurant called "Tenedor Libre." For 17 pesos (a little over 5 USD) the food was pretty good. They had everything from empenadas to meatballs. They also had desserts which were amazing. I had bannanas and dulce de leche as well as a baked pear.
Upon leaving the restaurant we headed over to this little bar called "Antiguas Lunas" which I enjoyed. I don't drink or smoke so I must admit that I felt a little out of place, but they had great music by the way which was from the United States. You definitely hear more english music here than you would expect. They also had a live band which I wasn't really listening to. At one point me and my friends began making up dances. It may sound a little boring, but it definitely helped pass time.
Hopefully next time I write it will be about my amazing trip to either Mendoza or Iguazú. Originally we were going to go to Mendoza, but apparently it's freezing there now and none of us has the clothes for that. Now we are thinking about Iguazú which has the most breath taking water falls that I have ever seen. I am so pumped. However, today I broke my boyfriend's camera which kind of takes the fun out it, but he just told me to have fun. What a great boyfriend!!!
Abrazos y besos
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Since I've been here I have somewhat become living proof to the expression "Black is Beautiful." I am one of maybe 4 other black females here in my program. I don't know how it is for them, but for me walking down the street is a hassle. The men here are very straight forward and aggressive. Every one likes a compliment here and there, but everything is different. Smile and that's kind of a welcome sign. No thanks. However, apparently the men aren't the only one who likes darker skin. In a smoked fill club called "Sugar,"a woman signaled me to come over. She wanted to know where I was from. Apparently all of the people with darker skin here are from Brazil. Go figure why everyone thinks that I am Brazilian. When I told her I was from the United States she complimented me on my complexion saying "I like your color." Tha't's very nice to know. It's different though because I didn't think that everyone would be so drawn to a darker complexion.
While it has been a month, I must admit that I have only officially enjoyed Argentina's night life twice. The first night out, I tried Sushi for the first time. Then we went to a club and it just wasn't my cup of tea. The highlight of my night was when break dancers came out and performed. That definitely brought me a little closer to home since one of my brothers break dances. The second night (last night) was actually much better. I liked the atmosphere of the club. It was real laid back and chill. It has had pretty good music so I was in the zone. I walked in at like 5:30 which apparently is normal here, but after burning eyes and a chest congested with smoke, I was done.