Taxis here are really wild. I’m not sure of the exact numbers but apparently there is an abnormally high number of auto-related fatalities here! And after having many close calls with crazed drivers I believe it! At least everyone knows taxi drivers are crazy, they even got included into my Spanish homework.
We had a grammar lesson that dealt with using ser vs estar in alcohol related scenarios. My favorite as translated:
Symptom: The taxi driver (is) a pink elephant.
Cause: He drank a lot.
Solution: Ask the elephant what happened.
This made me laugh hysterically, I don’t know why they don’t teach grammar like this in the States it would be much more interesting!
I really like my classes here, its been interesting trying new things and looking at them from an Argentine perspective. I always look forward to my marketing class, and I just found out that the teacher is a big deal here; he’s the guy that did the marketing for Spider Man 3 when it came here and I think he works with other movies.
It’s also been really weird seeing glimpses of my friend’s lives back at home, my sister just moved into her Columbia dorm and looking at pictures of the city and NY college life makes me miss home. Same goes for getting Facebook invitations to parties at home, and seeing my friend’s away messages that they’re on campus. Lately, I feel really disconnected from home.
At the same time, I’m loving being here more than ever. I’ve made friends with a bunch of Argentines and the weekends have been a lot of fun to say the least. The night scene here is so different, but its really great. Before class the other day as we were waiting for the teacher who is always late, I was discussing with other Americans how different the dancing is. We were reminiscing on high school dances or US clubs were its not uncommon to see people literally dancing on top of each other, but that’s not at all how it is here. If you see anyone doing that, you know they’re not from Argentina. I’m a hip hop lover but don’t mind its absence too much, its been fun getting into the local scene.
I checked out the Zoo the other day, its just down the street from my apartment and the weather was perfect. It’s strange how much closer you can get to the animals, I was standing three feet from zebras and rhinos. The cages weren’t exactly closed either, as we were walking I saw a couple birds walking underneath the bars.
And finally Fashion Week was such a disappointment! I was so upset, because I had been looking forward to going for weeks! I went with a friend and we waited in line for about three hours but couldn’t get in to any of the designer’s shows. The line would start moving once the show started, but then they’d cut it off and wouldn’t let any one else in, and by that time a line had already formed for the next show which was an hour later, so that it would be impossible to get in the following show. It was so frustrating! And then I found out the next day that my friend’s roommate knows someone who works there and we could have had VIP status. Oh, the disappointment.
I’m off to Body Pump at the gym. And I’m beginning to understand what the instructor is saying! Thinks are looking up..