Todo esta bien.

Trip Start Aug 03, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hola Chicos,

So I promised another message, but I'm very tired, so this may be short. (But, there's a possibility of it being long too, haha.)

Yesterday, we had our first day of orientation.  There are basically two schools in our program, Lasalle (which you would pronounce la-sal, but in Argentina it is la-saw-shay) and the formal IES institute which is "just 10 short blocks and 15 minutes away" which is actually more like 20 long blocks and 60 minutes away.  But whatever, ESTA BIEN!

Anyway, Lasalle is where most of the orientation is.  I'll admit I am stressed out by this city.  The buildings are very... impending.  It's difficult for me to get my bearings here.  I can't see sky unless I look directly up, and I can't look up because I'm too busy looking down to avoid the copious amounts of dog shit.  
But on a lighter note, orientation is going well.  It's the middle of winter here, and our classrooms don't have heat, so with high temps in the 50's and lower 60's, it gets a bit cold.  This week we're just learning about the differences between regular Spanish and the Spanish spoken here in Argentina.  My host family and the Argentines I speak to say that I sound like a  Mexican, i.e. I guess I'm supposed to be embarrassed, but I know that I'm right and they are all wrong, so it's fine.  (ha. Ha.)
The 80 or so kids in my IES program seem to be pretty nice on the whole, but we definitely have our fair share of rich snobs, and also the group I like to call the 'travel-elite'... the kids who claim to have seen the world, and have no need for orientation and therefore skip every day to explore the city.  
I had a 2-hour long lunch break today (the pictures are attached) and that was fun but not as inexpensive as I'd hoped and been told.  The booze is definitely cheap here but it hasn't been cheap to eat out so far.
My (fairly attractive) host-cousin is staying here while her mother is in Egypt for vacation, so we went out tonight and it was very interesting.  The argentine men are very aggressive... I'm usually fairly protective of my female friends but there are just too many dudes to fight off here!  They're used to it though.  It's definitely strange.
Speaking of hosts, I'm a little worried about mine.  It's been only a few days, and I've gotten in trouble for having my feet on the couch, tightening the bathroom knobs too tight, dripping water on the floor (which I didn't actually do), and she informed me tonight that I'm not allowed to drink.  
Now, I can tee-total as well as the next guy, but I didn't come to Buenos Aires to just hang out and be sober, so we'll see how this last thing works out.
Anyway, that's enough, I should've gone to bed hours ago but I just wanted to share with you all.  My Spanish is still extremely broken at best.  OH and my phone isn't compatible with Argentine sim-cards apparently, so I had to buy a new phone today which was definitely not in the budget, but I'll make it work.  Ciao guapos.
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