Last time I wrote an update was on my last day in South Africa, about two weeks ago now, so this post is long overdue. Week one at Colegio Marin in Argentina is almost complete!
After my train ride, and a brutal plane flight (from Joburg- Abu Dahbi- Sao Paulo- Montevideo), I arrived in Uruguay with no suitcase. Not a huge deal- but a bit stressful. 1:00 am in a new country with no bag after over 48 hours of travel is not an ideal situation to be in. My bag arrived 3 days later, right before I left for Argentina, so in the end everything was fine. I had a great time in Montevideo and met some cool people. The weather was sunny and warm and people were out and about drinking a ton of mate.
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, my friend Alexia picked me up from the ferry ride across the river. I spent a night with her and her family and we explored her neighborhood (Belgrano) a bit which was quite nice. Buenos Aires definitely does seem like a European city in some places.
After my night with Alexia, I moved out of the city center with my friend Talin (I met both of them during Birthright Armenia last year) and her family in order to be closer to my school. I stayed with Talin for the weekend and had a lot of fun trying to speak some Spanish with her family while they tried to speak some English with me. I've hung out a few times with Talin and her friend Alin (who also happen to play music together) and have enjoyed it quite a bit.
I began teaching on Monday at Colegio Marin, and it has been awesome so far. I love it! The students and teachers here are all very warm. (The typical kiss on the cheek with everyone here seems miles away from the strict no touching policy in Oman.) I am living with an older gentleman who works with the school. It has been interesting hearing about the city and his opinions on everything Argentinian- from the politics to the women to the food and everything in between. Last night we enjoyed a few cold cervesas and some live music down below his apartment. Next week I will go to a new host family, but this week with my host has been great.
There is much more to report on, but I need to go teach, so I won't take any more of your time. More from students and what is going on at Colegio Marin next week.
Until next time,