Peruvian Chinese Food

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

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Monday, June 4, 2007

We have gotten into a daily routine here and become more Argentine and less like a tourist; resulting in a lack of blogs and pictures, but we thought it was time for an update and add some new pictures (finally)!

So when we first arrived we were boasting about the warm and sunny weather while you had to suffer through the cold Chicago winter. Well now its your turn to boast about your nice and sunny summer. Winter is setting in here and it wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the darn humidity. Some days the humidity is as high as 87% which makes 60 degrees feel alot cooler than it acutally is. Lately the weather has been wonderful, but when it's a cloudy day here in Buenos Aires its a COLD day!!!!

On with the updates, We'll start with recent news since its fresh in our mind.....

* Sarah was down with the sickness
* And then there were three... TEFLocal students are all gone
* Where in the World is TEFLocal?
* Do Peruvians Know Chinese?
* Inside Look: Buenos Aires in the A.M. and La Boca
* SPECIAL REPORT: You'll never guess who's coming to town!?!?!?!

Sarah's Down with the Sickness

Leading the news today, Sarah had a gastro intestinal infection a couple weeks ago, her body finally said enough to all this meat!! She had to take a few days off of work and stick to a bland diet (chicken, rice, crackers, water, tea), but of course she cheated. On Friday the 25th it was the first day of Sarah's diet and conveniently it was also a holiday here in Argentina. Similarly related to Flag Day or the day of the start of the revolution we spent most of the day wondering what was actually going on. The people flooded the streets and there was a buzz in the air, but no one could seem to find the reason why. So with a large group of Ex-Pats we spent the day tying traditional dishes, such as Locro, which was DELICOUS (almost like a beef stew but with corn...12 hours into her diet Sarah broke) and meandering through the streets watching tango dances and drinking maté.

And Then There Were Three

Two weekends ago the last of the original 6 from our TEFL course left to head North to Bolivia and Peru to finish their traveling. We had a little going away party for them which was fun and turned into a long night of drinking Ferrnet and playing guitar

Since then a silent merger of teachers has been taking place as those who are left are no longer separated by the month they took the TEFL course. New friendships are forming, and it has given everyone a new reason to go out all weekend to enjoy BsAs food, festivals, and fun! We spent Friday with the remaining students from TEFL (March) at an Indian restaurant in Palermo Soho. We stuffed pita bread with Cuscus, Humus, Bobbaganush (eggplant and something), along with free champagne and one of the best desert dishes ever... it was excellent.

Later that evening we partook in another interesting phenomenon that has swept our life lately... and that is hanging out with students! ... Yes it maybe a little unethical but what the heck.... and it's turned into a lot of fun over the past couple weekends!

.... Which leads us into our next story....

Where in the world is TEFLocal?

The question that for many of us always seemed simple Ayacucho 1571... is no longer as simple as it seems. Earlier this month the small company TEFLocal was bought by the larger and dominant TEFL International (corporation basically).

Many things caused the "overturn" of TEFLocal. There was a hailstorm of accusations over who made the first move and/or who was trying to run out on the rent, but when the dust settles there will be a lot to talk about over how everything went down... for the mean time we mourn the lost of our beloved Alma-Matter and we would like to take a moment to reflect on "The Man" and how sometimes he also tries to keep us down! (No worries though our certificate is still valid)

Next we take a look at what some may call an interesting question that may have been eating at them all their lives... we have full coverage in a segment We like to call...

Do Peruvians Know Chinese?

In the far reaching grasp of globalization different cultures are coming into contact with one another at an exacerbating rate; mixing together and creating hodge-podge sudo-cultures influenced the more negative side of cultures.... However today we want to talk about the good side of this cultural interaction and we start at Peruvian Chinese

After Sarah's sickness we found a need to embark on a new hunt for different kinds of restaurants. A week ago after some persuasion by some locals we took a walk down Peru street and we stumbled upon a dingy little place that had a Chinese version of Macchu Picchu painted on the wall. The restaurant was in fact a Chinese restaurant run by native born Peruvians here in BsAs. The atmosphere was different... the service was completely Peruvian ( we were ignored for 30 mins before the waited on)... the cliental was Peruvian ( there were loud families, that talked to loud, ate too quick, and did not sit around and spend 2 hours drinking one coffee... so they were not Argentine)... but the food... the food was completely Chinese... We don't know were they figured this out...but man it was good food! Hooray globalization... Sarah and Dan ate good Chinese...from Argentina.

We also found a great Mexican place... owned by a guy who insisted he lived in Florida before it was part of Cuba, and told he could make the food hotter since we were foreigners and the Argies think salt is spicy!... he also made the greatest homemade Guacamole and Margaritas we've ever had!

In today Inside Look we are examining some photos Dan took on one of his walks to work.... Take a look and enjoy!

Also there are some photos of El Caminto... which is the slum part of BsAs that has been turned into a tourist attraction full of fairs and Tango and really poor living conditions painted bright colors

Also we are posting photos from a class project that Dan did with his student at Ten Roses... they were studying about team building and team work so as a culmination of the activity they did the classic "Egg Drop"... they had ten minutes and limited supplies, but the end goal was to drop and egg and protect it from was hilarious!


We can't believe how fast the time has flown by since we left in January. In less than 4 weeks Sarah's parents will arrive to spend 10 days with us here in Buenos Aires (6/30 - 7/9)!!!! We're so excited to see them and visit with them and show them around where we've been living. Following their departure, Sarah's friend, Bree, arrives on July 31st to spend 10 days with us!! It will be nice to see some familiar faces. But the visiting and the traveling doesn't stop there....

Mr. and Mrs. Stanton (a.k.a. Mom and Dad) have most wonderfully and graciously decided to fly us to Ireland in August to spend the family vacation together. We will be gone 8/9 - 8/20. Our travels to Ireland will be adventurous to say the least. The plans follow as such:

8/9 10:30 PM depart BsAs
8/10 6:00 AM arrive in Miami
8/10 5:00 PM depart Miami (anyone going to be in Miami then!? We have 11 hours to visit)
8/11 6:00 AM arrive in MADRID
8/11 7:00 PM depart Madrid (Dan is ecstatic to see Spain and spend 12 hours in Madrid!!!)
8/11 9:00 PM arrive in Ireland (finally after 48 hours we'll be there)

We will be traveling throughout Ireland with the Stanton family from 8/11 - 8/18


Clear you calendar everyone we will be home on August 18th for 24 hours!!! We booked our flight home to have a 24 hour layover in Chicago!!!!

8/18 10:30 AM depart Dublin
8/18 12:30 PM arrive in CHICAGO (jetlag is going to suck!)
8/19 6:20 PM depart Chicago.... so we will have plenty of time to get some good quality visiting in. Some may call this layover a tease, and it just maybe one, but at the same time it will be great to be home for a little bit!!!!!

So after not "reporting" for over a month we had a lot of news to report. We hope you enjoyed Dan's version of 'broadcasting'. We love you and miss you all. We will see you in two months (less for some)!!!

Love always,

Sarah and Dan :)
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