I decided it was only appropriate to broadcast my current emotion through song, considering I’m still a high school theatre kid at heart who will always wish their life were a musical. Today I would have danced down the sidewalks if it were appropriate and socially acceptable. Then again, I will always look like a foreigner no matter how good my Spanish becomes so I suppose I could have gotten away with it.
Today was a beautiful day. After a slow morning of learning about the education system in Argentina, a small group of us headed across the street for lunch. For 15 pesos (between 2-5 US dollars, depending on how you exchange your money) I enjoyed a delicious sandwich con jámon y queso. Simple, but SO good. So far, I have loved every meal in Buenos Aires – from the steak and wine to the pastas, pizzas, and breads, to the hundreds of delectable tortas, tartas, and goodies covered in dulce de leche.
Since fellow international student, RJ, and I had two hours until our academic meeting at 3pm, we decided to wander around the city, aimlessly meandering down different streets. Our FLACSO program center is located in Recoleta, which happens to be fairly close to Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. It has up to 7 lanes with the obelisk standing intimidatingly in the middle. During our exploration, we stumbled right next to it.
On our way back across the large avenue, we took a slightly different route to figure our way back to FLACSO. Within seconds, we pleasantly arrived in a small park that was surrounded by gorgeously old buildings (including the Supreme Court and Teatro Colón). I also spotted the subway line I take across the road, further proving how easily I could return to this quaint corner of the city. It may be “winter” here, but the sun was shining and the 50 degree weather wasn’t unpleasant in the slighest. Cue “Beautiful Day” to this moment.
Later, RJ, Haley and I decided to grab a bite to eat before heading home. It was a little early for a merienda*, but we went to a café for coffee and treats anyway.
*Lesson #1 on Major Differences Between Argentina and Los Estados Unidos
Although Argentines will wake up and eat breakfast (fruit, bread, coffee) at the same time as Americans, their days last much longer in terms of meals. Lunches appear to be of a normal size, though on occasion can definitely be more substantial meals.
Dinner is normally served anytime between 9:30 to 11pm. It was very strange at first, but I’m quickly adjusting to this new dinnertime. Obviously everyone becomes hungry between 1pm and 9pm, thus merienda. This is a light meal in the late afternoon (5 -7pm), which usually includes coffee, tea (or mate) and a sweet snack such as a cake or pastries.
My only regret today was not bringing a camera. I’ve been cautious due to all the potential pickpocketing, especially since I ride the subway every day usually during rush hour (8- 10am and 6-8pm) which gets CRAZY busy – perfect for un ladrón. Tomorrow I plan on taking full advantage of my obvious foreigner appearance and snapping photos like I’m rocking a fanny pack and can’t speak a lick of Spanish.
There is already so much more I want to share and reflect on so far, but I’ve decided against overloading my readers with too many posts just yet. But hold on to your hats, folks, it’s going to be a crazy, wonderful ride 🙂