Not THE San Francisco, silly!

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
Trip End Jun 14, 2006

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Golden Gate Bridge! Alcatraz! Cable Cars! Nob Hill! Famous Car Chases! Gay capital of the US! Californ-I-A! How wonderful to be back in my favourite North American city.

Not really of course - this was San Francisco Del Monte De Oro, not half so exciting, I´m sorry to say, despite the presence of gold in the name (oro) and, presumably, in the surrounding hills, too. I stuck around for a day to try and deal with some important paperwork (groan) connected with my impending job (yes, I have one!) that against all the odds had managed to find its way to me in the midsts of Argentina via wonderful parents, but a decidely shaky-on-its-feet internet connection scuppered all my attempts at efficiency.

On the way to the town, however, I had come across a big arena with a load of guys riding around it on horses. An couple of Argentinian couples whose female elements were linked by sisterhood were also having a snoop around and explained that it was some sort of patriotic monument, pointing out the Argentian flag flying proudly from a long pole high above our heads. I did the usual routine with them - I explain my trip (I´ve got the spiel nailed to a post good and proper by now), women react with exaggerated (or possibly not) astonishment, men smile in a "good on you" kind of way (more masculine version of astonishment, perhaps). After this, the couples desired to undergo the customary parting gestures, which involved the ladies coming and giving me a kiss on the cheek. Now, I was genuinely touched by this warm gesture, but at the same time, I hadn´t had a shower for several days by now and I was genuinely concerned for their health should they approach too closely. Still, too bad - I couldn´t recall the word for "smell" to warn them, so: Ħque sera´, sera´!

Most useful Spanish word forgotten: "mal odor", dirty git.
Miles munched: 40

P.S. San Francisco, though disappointing, did offer a hotel, so I checked in and scrubbed myself raw.
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Scholarships in Argentina


THE INTERNATIONAL SPANISH LANGUAGE ALLIANCE OF ARGENTINA, is pleased to announce 30 Partial Scholarships to study Spanish in Argentina at A.B.L.E SPANISH SCHOOL ( The total costs of participation is € 365 and covers: Spanish language course, Argentinean cultural classes, accommodation, school activities, study material, certification, administrative fee, registration fee, tax and civil liability insurance.

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C.P. (5.000) Córdoba - Argentina

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