Around noon my roommate and I laid out in the park (in our swim suits, strange, but it's what people do here). It was 90 degrees and sunny. I came home showered and studied for a bit. I went back out to drop off my laundry to be washed and I then headed to the veggie stand for some lettuce, strawberries, an avocado and an apple. How you ask for strawberries is different in Argentine Spanish (which is called 'Castillano' prounounced 'Cast-i-shaun-o') compared to the Spanish I was taught in the states.
"Tienes fresas? - in Spanish using the 'tu' form of 'you'The lady where I buy my veggies is very sweet and helpful when it comes to my Spanish.
"Tenes frutillas" - in Castillano using the 'vos' form of 'you' and another word for strawberries
(Sunday, December 21, 2008)
I have a tear in my eye as I write this....today it's been one month since I've been in Argentina!!!! Where has the time gone? I'm very happy here. Yeah for me and Tina!
This morning I went for run/jog/walk for an hour. I ran past the zoo and then circled back home. I went on a sort of 'American' photo shoot/tresure hunt. I wrote a different blog post on that.
(photo below: it's a real photo. I live a block from the zoo. The buildings you see in the back could very well be my block)
At 1:30 I met up with an American for a cup of coffee. It turns out that we have so so much in common. Easily, we sat at the cafe for 5 hours. I almost fell off my chair when she said she works for a company in my field! (my field isn't common, especially in Argentina) She likes her job and said they may be hiring come March. We made tentative plans to hang out on Christmas. I suggested laying out in the park. The weather report says it will be 83 and sunny (28 C). I'm not a Christmas person, so I'm perfectly fine not celebrating.
I think by meeting her today and hearing that she works for a company in my field, it's a small reminder for me to ENJOY my time not working instead of secretively worrying about not working and not having money. I wish I would have enjoyed my summer off while I was unemployed, but instead I stressed my summer away. Come March, it will be no problem at all finding a teaching job...and I have a good chance at contract work from the states. Ohh, a job in B.A. was my long term plan; if it were to happen so sooner, I would be overcome by joy and the feeling of good luck.
After we met, I rushed back to the apartment at 6pm to say good-bye to my roommate and wish her a safe travel back to the states, but when I arrived home she was already gone. She wrote a note saying she decided to leave earlier than planned. I was a bit sad she was gone and I felt a pang of loneliness, so I turned on the radio and called over the cat. I'm fine now.
I think I'll be meeting with the same American tonight for dinner. She lives in the same neighborhood and knows where to go. Since arriving, (I've written before about my eating difficulties) I've turned complete vegetarian. Fish just isn't the best in Buenos Aires, therefore I don't know, yet, where to go and buy it. Chicken tends to be dry and therefore, to me, has a similar texture to beef. So, for the last 3 weeks I've been a complete vegetarian. (this could change if I find a fish market).
5,175 miles from home and still very happy, but I do miss people. (but not things)