Sightseeing and Sunday Roast

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Been very busy the last week or so - celebrating, sightseeing, getting addicted to Bejewelled Blita on Facebook and volunteering, it's a hard life!

Friday 29th May was a double celebration - passed the CELTA course and it was also Stacey's birthday so we had a big barbeque (known as an Asado here) on Matt and Stacey's roof terrace. The steak and baked potatoes were excellent and the party continued into the wee small hours although I did refrain from going dancing (I know, you're shocked!) and went home at 230am.

On Saturday I went with Jon, Matt, Stacey, Liz, Pascal to Chinatown (all 2 streets of it!) for dinner. Nearly managed to get chicken balls and rice - the chicken had bones so will have to try something different next time and for some reason they decided to put soy sauce in my rice but it was nice despite the lack of vinegar! Got a wee bit of a shock when my 1 litre glass of beer arrived but managed to get through it!

Monday I went to register as a volunteer with a charity who help children in underprivileged areas of Buenos Aires - teaching English, assisting with other schoolwork and generally just providing a safe place for them to go to learn and play.

Tuesday was moving house day and also results day for CELTA, although we'd been told we all passed the grades had to be verified. I was pleased to get a pass B. A post-results lunch was extended to about 11pm and provided lots of amusement as Matt, Marcos and Iza played centurion (100 shots of beer in 100 minutes) although Stacey and I cut them off at about 80 when it became difficult for Marcos to form a sentence! Didn't really spend much time that day in my new studio but it's very nice!

On Wednesday Marcos' sister Maria took us to see some galleries and museums which was interesting although we didn't make it into the Museum of Fine Art because the staff were on strike. I also saw the 18 tonne "teletubby" flower which is pretty cool and opens every morning and closes at night - I hadn't realised that it was just down the road from my studio.

Thursday and Friday were my first days volunteering with Life Argentina in some of the poverty striken areas of town. It's an unbelievable contrast from the more central areas and I'm glad I've decided to do it. The kids are mainy pretty cheerful considering their surroundings and it's definitely an experience that will expand my Spanish!! On Friday evening I was tempted out for steak and chips which was delicious then we went to a Dutch themed bar (quite strange with a figure of Van Gogh in one of the rooms but a nice atmosphere).

Back to relaxing for the weekend - Saturday was a day of sport (watching the England v Argentina rugby and the Argentina v Columbia football matches) in the local football bar - the tune they played when Argentia scored has been stuck in my head ever since! Then a perfect end to the week - a trip to the suburbs to make a Sunday roast chicken dinner in Angel's Dad's house with dulce de leche pancakes for pudding, yum!

All round a pretty good week and the weather's been nice and sunny although it isn't as warm as last month.
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