The Last Six Weeks....

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

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Sarah decided she had some things to tell everyone about the last few weeks so she wrote the blog as Dan.. but then Dan filled in extra information for the blog, so really the references to I, He, She, We, Dan, and Sarah are completely ambiguous and really just things someone did and someone wrote about it... so if you want you can chose a character and just assume he or she is the one talking!

When we arrived back from our surreal life vacation we only had 6 weeks left in Buenos Aires... It was hard to believe that the time had gone by so fast!

Once we got back Dan started training for the Half Marathon Race on September 9th. Really he only gave himself 2 weeks to train but he did PHENOMINAL!!! He ran 21K in 1:34 more or less. Came in 59 out of 397 in his age group and finished 309 out of 5000 all together!!! In the pictures itíŽs like playing find Waldo except really its fine Dan!! Dan ran the half marathon with another teacher, Allison who also did great on that HOT day!!

Our weeks were busy trying to finish up units in our classes while enjoying our time with our students and friends. We went to actual soccer games rather than watching them on TV, GO BOCA!!! The last 2 weeks we have been going NONE STOP!!!

"Boca, mi buen amigo
Este campana volvermo estar contigo
Adelantaremo con Corazon
Esta es tu echada que quiero que ver campeon
No me importa lo que digas
Lo que digas los de mas
Siempre estoy hasta que ganas
Y cada dia te quiero mas!!!!"

Tuesday - Milonga

We headed out to the Catedral de Tango out in the Abasto neighborhood for a "Milonga." These dark, dirty, secluded clubs beat with the heart of true Argentine Tango. Start out slow for the beginners and around 2 am the real dancers flood into these crowed warn wooden floors, attempting to out-do one another with fast feet and scandalous moves.

Now Sarah and I on the other hand learned how to count to eight.... then step each time we count. Up to that point we did really well (besides Sarah's slight obsession that my left hand was not out far enough or that from her perspective my hips were turned ... other than that we were fine) Then they turned on the music... counting, stepping, moving, counting, more stepping, directions, right, no left.... Wait...!!! Sarah is probably happy that she didn't wear open toed shoes like she had originally planned on.

Wednesday - Dinner

Wednesday one of Dan's students and her boyfriend and her sister and her boyfriend invited us out for dinner. We headed out to a restaurant called "Gabo" for Gabriel Garcia Marquez... everyone should look him up and read 100 Years of Solitude; it won a Nobel Prize. They treated us to some GREAT Columbian food with GREAT Company!!! It was also a self esteem boost since the menu was in Colombian...and yes in Colombia they speak Spanish but just like the Argies, who by the way have their own dictionary for "their Spanish," so we had the waiter translate the menu for us all, not just Sarah and I... Colombians have 9 different types of bananas... and they are all good with meat!

Thursday - Dinner

Thursday night the owner of our institute invited us and some teachers over to his apartment for dinner. For the first time we actually got to see what a true Argentine apartment looks like and let me tell you... his business ain't doing so bad! The man collects Italian antiques, he has a whale horn in his living room, and we got to drink a 1999 Napa Valley Merlot... definitely a different lifestyle!

Friday - Happy Hour

Friday we went to our typical spot "The Gibraltar" with our friends for happy hour... at this point Sarah was exhausted and begged for us to come home (little did I know what she had up her sleeve)

Saturday - SURPRISE

So in our last few weeks we've been trying to squeeze everything in that we'd like to do. The day was gorgeous and we went to Tigre to go on a Delta tour... which was rather interesting. The "guide" really defended why she lived in the Delta rather than the city, apparently Tigre is a great place to live cause they have something called "schools" and "food" and "4 TV channels that you can get for free" which BsAs definitely is lacking. We really didn't want to offend her but her argument for living in Tigre was lacking.

However, we saw some beautiful houses, little weekend fincas and exclusive clubs... and then some not so beautiful houses left over from the great expansion to Tigre that failed. The Delta is littered with old Tudor Style houses that we once for the super rich but now just squatter homes.

Sarah was able to get a little shopping in, Dan and Patrick sat by the entrances and took every tourists' picture (a running theme when Dan and Patrick are together), and then we headed home. Where Sarah proceeded to get ready for the night at around 7 PM and I chose to sit around and play guitar. Literally, people, Miss. I-don't-even-like-to-go-out-why-do-we-need-to-dress-up-let's -just-stay-home or Sarah was in full make-up, hair done, with a really cute outfit on by 8pm.... I was in Shorts and still playing the guitar. So to refresh, on a Saturday in BA, we don't go out till midnight... and it was 8:00 PM. Then she offered to make a picada... excellent little appetizer, but for dinner? I just keep playing guitar... around 9 I was thinking why are we even leaving... I've got a great looking girl... food... guitar... why were we even leaving...

After a minute or two

She went downstairs and when she returned she was joined by about 10 other people full of food and alcohol all saying surpise, happy birthday! She's a trickster that Sarah... having a surprise party for me!!! We had friends over... played guitar, made pizzas, drank and had a great time! Then we were off to the bars and came strolling home at around 5 AM!!!

Sunday - BOCA BOCA

We woke up at noon to go buy tickets for the Boca game that afternoon. She went off shopping through the fair. When I came home she handed me a bag and said "Happy Birthday de mis padres" THANK YOU Mr. and Mrs. Leffring for the Boca Jersey!!! I love it. So Patrick, Sarah, and I went to the Boca game and we finally felt like true fans. At the game... well lets just say we experienced true Latin American fan frenzy... it was GREAT.... Until Boca gave up the game for a late goal to tie Gymnasia de Jujuy

Then to top of a great birthday weekend the Sunday Night Football game was the Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys and well Sarah came home and saw the Packers had won and she was in her glory. Where I had to suffer watching Rox Grossman throw the game away but with my Bear Jersey left over from the super that was on over my Boca Jersey.... By the way the same day the Cubs lost so sports that weekend were such disappointment.

Monday - Nothing...there can't be

We finally got a night to "rest" but the day was jammed packed with buying bus and plane tickets and preparing for our upcoming travels!!!!

Tuesday - HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY DAN!!!!

The Birthday Boy had a great day!!! Sarah kept remaining me that it was "my" day!!! Thanks to my parents we went out for dinner and I had the BEST Sushi ever and a great bottle of wine!!!

Wednesday - Sarah declares a night of rest

By this point we're both exhausted and starting to feel a little sick so we stay in and watch some TV before the BOCA game which they unfortunately lost L

At this point we only had 4 more days here in Buenos Aires before we begin our next adventures!! Plus we were looking to our last Friday at Gibraltar and cramming in a few more things along with packing, buy presents, drinking on the terrace, walking defense for our last weekend...

On Monday October 1st we left for Patagonia where we saw whales, penguins, and walruses, we will see the mountains and lakes and possibly go skiing. We are going to walk on glaciers and travel to the end of the world. From October 1st - October 17th we will be traveling and exploring the southern region of Argentina. When we return form Patagonia we will have a little over 3 days in Buenos Aires before departing on Sunday October 21st to CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA!!!!!!!!!! It's scary, unbelievable, exciting, yet so UNREAL and just doesn't seem possible that the first "leg" of our trip is coming to end. How time has FLOWN by... we thank you for your continued love and support!!!

Look forward to many upcoming blogs and pictures of our travels south... it's gonna be cold!!!!
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