Monday, September 21, 2009

bein' mice elf.

Life is great.

Here is my future:

1. Finish up my stay in Argentina, which will end on a sure-to-be-lovely Halloween
2. Go to Peru. Hike the Inca Trail for 4 days and spend the other 6 or 7 days exploring.
3. Go home a bit, Thanksgiving.
4. Go to Spain for a month on my own and work on a farm or eco-village. I found a few places on Workaway (website) that need volunteers, and since I already bought a plane ticket, why not? It costs me nothing- I give them work and they give me food and a place to stay. And of course, more Spanish practice!
5. Go back to Knox at the end of December.

Yeah. I like that a lot.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

burned my credit card for fuel


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

thanks for the pepperoni.

Okay. I've officially decided to go back to Knox for winter term.
Some of my friends seemed almost mad at me for making this decision, but, oh well. 'tis what 'tis.

My awesome dad, however, DID offer for me to STILL go on the 2-week trip to Spain at the beginning of December. SWEEEEEEEEEEET.

That said, I'm a little more at ease now with the money situation in Argentina now since I don't have to worry about having a lesser exchange rate in Europe. Ay, Europe... some day. Part of me wants to do something with (website) after college for a few months before getting a "real" job. That or maybe WWOOFing in Spain or Italy. Ay ay ay.

I can FEEL my Spanish tongue getting better. I love it.

I REALLY very much hope that I can get off board back at Knox so I can cook again. I miss cooking and I miss the summer.

Oh! This weekend we are going to Puerto Madryn. Google that ASAP and get all good 'n' jealous. I get to scuba dive and see whales and penguins. YES.

The classes here are driving me insane. In my cultura class, the teacher seems like he just jumps from one thing to another while eventually just talking about how mate is such a big part of Buenos Aires culture. In my evolucion class, the teacher talks about the upper class in Buenos Aires in the 1890s-1920s (ish) and rambles too quickly to always understand and it's just THREE HOURS OF BORING. The literature class, I genuinely like, and the teacher seems to be really into what he does, which is always a nice incentive to give a shit.

Tonight I explored a new barrio by the name of Caballito. Well, not new, but new for me. It's where my friends Maja and Anni live and it was quite quaint and adorable and the houses were lovely lookin' from the outside.

I'm getting all kinds of excited for Peru and Bolivia in my future. We are also tentatively planning a camping trip for a weekend in October when it's a tad warmer. Sometimes, just gotta get outta this smelly, littered city. Ay ay ay.

besos y ciao for now, amigos.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


'yankees' pronounced with the Castellano (Castejahno) accent.

So, my internet is a piece of shit. Sorry for not constantly writing like I would at Knox when I live on a computer most nights doing homework.

And yeah, what about homework?

We have started our classes, and I don't know what to think. On the one side, they are ridiculously easy, and on the other, I often have to make sure to listen very closely in class to make sure I understand. There's hardly an "emphasis on class discussion" like at Knox. It's a trendy fashion design school, and I'm taking lit and cultural evolution classes there. Lawlz.

Oh, speaking of school, look what my summer job hath wrought:

I wrote the information for EVERY FUCKING CLUB AND ORGANIZATION at our college. That was my summer job. Good stuffffff. ELVIS WAS A TKE.

Hmmm.... so they give us two weeks to travel after our final exams end here (Oct 31).... I'm thinkin' Peru and Chile. Backpackin'! Wooooohoo!

now, some eye candy.

MAX AND VITO, the LOVES OF MY LIFE (when they're not being the loves of each other's lives)


in one of our first Spanish classes before real classes started, we learned how to make mate (MAH-tay), a traditional tea-like drink here

some Argentine poetry reading

Well, I have a lot lot LOT more photos, and wanted to make these bigger, but I can feel the internet starting to crap out on me already.

Tomorrow I have to:
-take my clothes to the lavadero (THEY wash your clothes for you... I don't even know of a place around here where it's an OPTION for you to wash your own clothes. well, have fun swimming in my funk, dude)
-BUY THE BOOK I HAVE TO READ FOR NEXT WEEK'S LIT CLASS (El reino de este mundo, por Carpentier, creo...) OY.
-Maybe get a bit more done in terms of Peru/Chile travel plans
-nap and try to make this nasty cold get the fuck out of my system.

I think I'm getting better at this whole study abroad thing. I mean, I still miss everyone like mad (especially both Sams in my life and Gabe and Abe) and thinking about everyone that just graduated and left (Maddie/Will) and ABBY AND KATHY.... gahhhhhhhh yuck.

...oh, right, I think I'm getting better at this whole study abroad thing. Sometimes you just have to learn how to leave things and realize the beauty of being able to travel. I keep forgetting that I'm also going to Spain and will get to travel on weekends and shit. EUROPE!

gonna go finish my tea and snooooooooooze.