Wednesday, October 13, 2010

3 months!!!

OMG I haven't updated in forever!!! Important things that have happened:

  1. Rosario
  2. Iguazu
  3. Residencia Precaria
  4. Tea Connection
  5. UBA toma
OK I will try and do a quick summary of each of them!

1. Rosario
We went to Rosario with IFSA, which is a city about 4 hours outside of Buenos Aires. It was really, really chill and I was really excited to get out of Buenos Aires! As much as I love it. I ate some Pizza and laid in bed in the hotel and watched TV. (That isn't as bad as it sounds because it's not something I can do here and sometimes you get sick of clubbing.)

2. Iguazu!
We (Shaun, Andrea, Morgan and Katie and I) went to Iguazu because soon it will be too hot to go. Katie and I went up a day early, which was really fun and I felt made seeing the park easier because it was a pain trying to keep the group together the next day. The park was SO BEAUTIFUL!!! For those who aren't in the know, Iguazu is one up on the list of the world's biggest falls compared to Niagra, and the widest. It is about 20 hours away from BsAs and we went by "semi-cama" which is like a bus with airplane bus and airplane food. That I didn't die from eating it was a minor miracle, but overall the bus experience wasn't that bad. On the ride back we got boarded by the border police 5 (five!) times to make sure we weren't drug trafficking or something. Shaun didn't bring his ID and almost got deported...and they gave us disapproving looks because my visa expires next Tuesday!

3. Residencia Precaria
However, I got my Residencia Precaria yesterday! This means that I will have full student residency (this expires in 6 months) next month, after I have the precaria for a while. However, I can leave Argentina with this and pretend to be Argentine!

4. Tea Connection
Is a cafe chain. Imagine if Whole Foods and Starbucks had a child--that is Tea Connection. I'm there right now, sitting in a leather chair next to a pot of bamboo, drinking grape-ginger-pear-apple juice--excuse me, naturally-flavored water--that sets me back $2.50 a glass, corked bottle (that they reuse, of course.) The food is overpriced but super delicious.

5. UBA Toma
So the situation has gotten from bad in a fun kind of way to bad in a ridiculous sort of way. Although I enjoyed not having class the first two that we missed, having class in the parking lot was a pain. That only happened once, and we had normal class last week. However, today the students decided that the talks with the Ministry of Education were going badly, and thus they decided to take the Ministry as well. Hopefully that won't last long, but now IFSA is saying we won't get credit for these classes, and UBA is saying that the regular students might not get credit for this either--which really ruins everyone's life plan. IFSA's solution is to make me write a 20 page paper, researching the subject I was studying. We will see how this goes...

AAAHH i don't know what else to say! Leona wants me to start doing a picture-a-day instead of writing because I'm bad at writing, so I am going to start that....tomorrow. Never do today what you can procrastinate on, right?

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