La Estancia

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

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Hola Guapos,

So, not much happening since the last entry, things have just been settling down a bit.  I did laundry for the first time, which was a little confusing (they don't let you do your own laundry and the lavenderia I went to, you have to leave it overnight).  It ended up costing about $4 to do a load of whites and a load of colors, which isn't bad considering I didn't actually have to do anything, but I'd rather save the money to do it myself.  Oh well.

Anyway, the main highlight of my week was going to la estancia (a ranch) just outside of a city called Lujan.  It was about a 2 hour drive from Buenos Aires.. and it was also included in the program fee so of course I wasn't going to pass it up.  The meal was amazing, then we had the opportunity for horseback riding, biking, etc.  It was really a nice day to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air.  I, for one, needed it.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!
-I've finally gotten the hang of change.  For those of you who I haven't told, this country is ridiculous with change!  Nobody wants to give you change.  I have had people refuse to sell me things several times because I didn't have a small enough bill.  Moneda (actual coin change) is even harder to come by because you need exact change on the collecion (bus).  Anyway, my new tactic is taking all of my smaller bills out of my wallet, pretending to not understand one word of spanish, and then using a larger bill.  It's working great so far.  People are getting mad at me, but it's working great.
-I registered for classes today.  I'll be taking 18 credits, consisting of:
     -Advanced Intermediate Spanish
     -Advanced Intermediate Spanish Reading & Writing Workshop
     -Cultural Icons as Global Commodities (it meets my fine-arts requirement
     -Native Peoples of South America
     -Impact of Globalization
As an upper-intermediate student, they kind of want us to take classes in spanish, but my oral/verbal skills are much weaker than the reading/writing aspect, so I'm taking them all in English.  (Oh.. and not that this had anything to do with it, but by taking all of my classes in English, I was able to secure a 4 day weekend.. EVERY WEEKEND.  Makes that weekend-trip planning a bit easier :-)

I'll update further later, but I just wanted to get the pictures out now. 

Ciao kids, hope all is well.
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