Woooh Whoo week Two (La Ferria de los Matadores)

Trip Start Jan 23, 2007
Trip End Feb 23, 2008

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Welcome Everyone! It has been a long week that has flown past without realizing that it is over. We thought that it would be a good time to update everyone with the way life has been treating us on the bottom side of the world. We are having a lot of fun down here and really getting to see many different parts of Buenos Aires.

The weeks have settled into a very quick and jam packed routine of wake up, go to school, drink coffee, go back for more school, get a sandwich from the slowest sandwich maker in Buenos Aires, and back for TEACHING...! This teaching practice consists of a one hour lesson that we must develop the method and context for teaching a group of 23 to 60 year olds the difference between why we get in a car and why we get on a plane. (it's a collocation.... Which means because... that's what we do period?) Afterwards we get torn apart by our mistakes form Jackie our very slanted British teacher (ie. talking to fast, repeating, ums, British English vs. American English, and what were really trying to do) and then built back up by our stumbled successes. This normally means is time for ice cream or a really nice glass of wine.

Mondays are still Monday Night Futbol.... But here we play pick up games with the locals till they shut the lights off on us. Tues, Wed, Thurs, are for Tango... as long as you don't have to plan a lesson. And of course Friday is beer time; well actually Friday consists of a cultural immersion field trip, teaching, and our group heads out for an excellent dinner and we have our fun partaking in the Porteno (people of BsAs) lifestyle.

This Saturday we ventured out to the suburbs of Buenos Aires, a barrio called Matadores after the history of buying, selling and killing millions of cattle. I say millions because right now Argentina consumes 60,000 cows (vacas) a WEEK, and the average Argentine consumes 200 Lbs of red meet a year!

So at the Ferria de los Matadores, we came across tons of really interesting crafts, leather and PHENOMINAL cuts of meat, all for pennies. Plus I got very first Mate*

There was a lot of traditional dances and men dressed up as Gauchos (Cowboys) see video, and at the end of the evening a celebration of Carnival or Marty Gra that went way into the morning! Drums and dancing, lights and singing, it was a really great evening of food, fun, and a little debauchery all for Carnival! It was a great weekend

*Mate = "tea on steroids" The locals around here drink Mate... everything related to Mate from the cup, to the herb, to the verb "to drink mate" is called Mate. It is a tea leaf only grown in Northern Argentina that is a very cultural drink. It has everything that green tea has plus some extra benefits of more EGCG to suppress you appetite so the natives drank it when there was no food. Scientifically they say it has nothing bad for you body... but it gives you a massive "caffeine" rush but there is no caffeine.... Anyways everyone loves it and for me it replaces red bull ten fold!

Well we will be in touch with everyone soon, and I hope you like the movies, clips, pictures... we love you all and miss you!
Sarah and Dan!

Side Note(s): Due to our dial up connection and slow running computer we are having problems uploading all of our videos. In total we should have 4. We hope to have them all uploaded by tomorrow (tuesday) but all our pictures and comments are uploaded. Enjoy. We love and miss you all.

P.S. We here there is a heat wave coming through Chicago right now... get that sun screen out!!!
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