Wednesday, November 24, 2010

the not-so-good but not-really-bad day.

So I FINALLY finished that 20 page paper. Well, it was 16 pages but Griselda told me it'd be okay as long as it didn't suck as hard as my drafts. I rewrote it completely, so I figured 16 pages was pretty solid.

my throat infection came back, so i spent the first half of the day trying not to cry. However, I found my old prescription and it has 1 refill on it. So I took it to my beloved Farmacity and a very nice man gave me some pills. In celebration I bought a bottle of orange juice and a pack of ramen and stuffed myself and slept the rest of the day off.

I am en route to Tango now, and then Uruguay tomorrow!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, you guys!!! i'll see you on the flipside.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Philsophy Final

Little note: I can now no longer spell things in English--especially words that I frequently write in Spanish. Such as filosofy/philosophy or delinquent/delincuent.

So I rush into my classroom at like 9:01. Argentine classes start like 15 minutes late, so I figured, even for the final exam, I'd be okay. I run in, and there is absolutely nobody in the room. Finally a guy I didn't recognize came in, and I asked him if I was wrong. Which I was. I saw a guy in my class and creepily followed him until he lead me to the group of people in our class, standing outside of a room, taking roll. They went over it several times, but there was a lot going on so when I wasn't called I figured I was just dumb and asked them to see the list. I wasn't on it so they sent me to the office to discuss it with them.

The office ladies spent a long time asking me what class I was taking and where I was from. Finally one of them told me that the semester ended for foreigners on the 6th and that I was either not going to get a grade or I already had one, because we were supposed to make arrangements to take the test earlier. They told me I'd need to talk to the foreign student office and I tried not to cry. I went to say goodbye to my professor, but figured I should ask him about the form anyway. He hadn't realized it was for my final grade and was really nice to me about messing up. So I didn't have to take the test!

In other news, not including the trips I'm taking and the awkard 20-hour period in-between one trip and leaving for good, I have ten days left in BsAs. I am FREAKING OUT.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

is finals week.

so leona please don't yell at me about how I haven't posted. I had a wonderful weekend and I took a bunch of food pictures, so be excited for like Friday when I am not writing my paper and studying for my final.

unless i need to procrastinate. we will seeee. wish me luck!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Things I've Learned

I've got 30 more days until I go to Lima, but I'd still like to relfect on this now that I'm officially Argentine (until January which means I can't fly back to BsAs on a discount ticket. lame.) I'll probably do this more again later, but w/e. The more cheesy, the better!

1. It's okay to imitate people. They generally don't call you on it.
2. Don't follow people you don't know to the bathroom when they ask you there.
3. When someone says "tengo que decirte una cosa"(I have one thing to tell you) it's never something you want to hear.
4. When in doubt, get in line.
4.5. Ask everyone around you in line plus the person creating the line what the line is for and if you're supposed to be in it.
6. North =/= up
7. There is no name that is easy for everyone to say.
8. Even if you don't know what it is, you probably won't die if you eat it.
9. Being afraid to ask is a waste of time.
9.5. Asking official-looking people things in a foreign language is both twice as terrifying and half as hard.
10. Sometimes it's okay to pretend I don't speak Spanish.
11. You can never have enough underwear.
12. It's okay to spend money on things that you want.
13. Only say no to the people selling things on the street.
14. Carrying water is an excellent idea. So are mints.
15. If you don't have it, you can usually buy it.
16. Even 30-year-old Argentines know who Justin Bieber is.
17. Despite what Smith thinks, 5:30 is not an appropriate time for dinner.
18. Americans are dumb, and we make good use of it.
19. If the question is "do you have change?" the answer is ALWAYS no.
20. When crossing the street, cross when no cars will hit you, not according to the light.
20.2. When in doubt, follow a mother with children. At least if you die you'll end up on the news.
21. Never tell anyone from outside your country that politics are complicated.
22. School has nothing at all to do with real life. We students blow it out of proportion.
23. Sometimes you have to use people that are using you.
24. Pretending you are drunk is cheaper and easier to control than actually drinking
25. Drinking beer is a life skill and you shouldn't be friends with anyone that doesn't do it without good reason.
26. Don't bring anything you don't want to lose.
27. These lists are super hard to do and please don't hold me to most of what I have said.
29. Make eye contact with people! Just not for too long.
30. People that complain about Americans are just people that don't know how to have fun.

omg this got super cheesy. sorry! I am just watching all of my friends wrap up their adventures and it's starting to freak me out.