Monthly Archives: November 2010

Beer and máte are not a good idea…

Well the last few days have been a little (very) different to my first two days.

Firstly from friday till sunday i was staying with my aunty and my cousins, two of which are my age give or take 1 1/2 years, and the little one is 12.  So it has been a little more interesting.  Dont get me wrong about my great aunt, she is lovely but it is nice to be with people that are not 60 years your senior all the time.  

But on to the activities of the last 3 days.  On friday Pati the aunty that picked me up from the airport took Iris (great aunt), her mother in law, her and I to a place called Tigre, the word “tigre” might sound familiar to those of you that like Zoolander!  But anyway, Tigre is a little town that is on the edge of the river plate delta and has lots of little islands and markets and stuff. it is very touristy but, it is citizens of Buenos Aires touristy.  In that people that live in Buenos Aires visit there on the weekend as a family day out. 

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But anyways, in Tigre we bought some little things like a bombilla for máte etc.  Some of you that read this will know that i have a very sweet tooth and that nothing is ever TOO rich in sweetness for me. I found something that was too sweet there! It is call super dulce de leche which was a flavour of icecreme that that sell here which was amazing! Dulce de leche is a type of caramel that is made from condensed milk by heating it for an extended perior of time.  It is the number 1 thing that Australia lacks in terms of really nice foods! We also had choripan and then went home back to pati’s house.  I finally got to meet 2 more of my cousins, Rodi and Facu, Rodi is 22 and Facu is 12. 

Later on friday night we went to another aunties house as it was her husbands birthday and there all the rest of the cousins were, except Rodi because it was his best friends birthday also that night, but anyway onto the thing that i have liked the most about Argentina so far. 

Family.  At the birthday everysingle person that i met is greeted with a kiss on the cheek and then who you are =P  That is male or famale, and that is how it is.  Then with all the cousins they are cousins, but also all the cousins girlfriends that are also cousins.  For example Agostina and Belu which are Nico and Santi’s girlfriends get called prima by all the cousins,  I think it is a really nice way that people get accepted into the family.  Because you can get accepted in that you are known to be important in the family, but to get title of being a true family member from the rest is different.  And so you know being a cousin is almost like being a brother or sister.  But yes that night some beer was drunk, and some máte which is like a herbal thing that is drunk over here.  But if you drink both together inside your gut it bloats you like you would not believe!  Got up the next morning and looked 3 to 4 months prego!  But anyway, that night was my first night as an Argentinian and we got home at 6am with the sun.

On the saturday after not sleeping once getting home we left the house around 1 1/2 hours later because Facu had a rugby match and presentation again out near Tigre, but it was pretty hot and during the presentation on awards after not sleeping for 28 hours i had a sleep under a tree for about an hour.    We came home from rugby had a swim, got in contact with Eddy,  and at around 9 he came over to pick me up and we went out to eat Malineza and talk till around 11:30pm at which time we split a taxi back to my place and then he went home.  It was so nice to see an old face for the first time in 2 years =D  next day after being dead santi and i both slept in till around 12 and i also had a nap again of about 2 hours a little bit later. 

Rodi finished his uni assignment around 4:30 so from there we went into el centro of Buenos Aires and we were able to get a tour of La Casa Rosara (parlament) walk inside the catherdial, and finally get some pictures infront of the Obelisk which is pretty cool.  from there we went home again via el subte (subway) and a bus and went out to another birthday for some of Pati and families best friends were again it was a lot of answering questions about australia, but because it was younger people asking it was more driving and car based discussions which was a lot nicer =D

from there we left kinda early (so at 1:15 am) and i got dropped off back at Iris’s house and here i am now.  I think i will be going out again with Rodi a little later because he wants to show me some more places in Buenos Aires that are meant to be really nice and sometime during this week i think we will be getting the ferry over to Uraguay to Colonia.

Posting again in a few more days, but that is my adventure up to this point.

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The longest day of my life

The 17th of November will be the longest day of my life for a very long time, if not for the rest of my life.  And the reason for that is that i was awake till 3am of that night, slept about 3 1/2 hours and then was awake the entire night (local time) getting 3 more hours of sleep on the plane and arriving the same day that i left at 3pm.  If i had ended my day and called it quits and slept the rest day it would still have been a 38 hour calender day, with 6 hours of break, but instead i was awake till 8pm, extending the day to 43 hours with a 6 hour break making it be 37 hours pretty much being awake!

But now to the fun none complaining bit =D  Having arrived in Buenos Aires it was a totally different experience to sydney and Australia in general.  The Airport that i got to was old, it almost looked like a soviet style building.  But the most amazing thing was that any thing was allowed to drive on the road, and when i say anything I MEAN ANYTHING!!! I had not even got 50 meters our of the airport and a car that had 2 big holes where the headlights should be drives past and i start to get an idea of what to expect. 

As i drove down the Freeway with my aunty and cousin i notice that almost all the cars on the road have some type of battle scar to show that they deserve to be driven in Buenos Aires the capital of Italy in South America.  This is what i imagine Italian cities to be like and i will let you know when i head there later in the trip, but any how that was the first thing that really surprised me.

The other thing that was shocking is how expensive Australia is! just to put this into perspective to get a ticket on the underground train system or “subte” is $1.2 peso.  that converted in AU$ is about 30cents.  And that is not for just 1 stop, that is the top ticket that takes you from one side to the other!

But yeah it seems like a nice place to be, the main roads are are very dirty with lots of dust and diesel fumes from the trucks, but if you walk one block in, it is all one way streets with trees and its very pretty.

Will keep you all posted and i will make a post every few days which will be a photo post with subtitles of what everything is

Take care and feel free to post comments!

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2nd thoughts and a resolution

Hey,

Just few quick updates on how everything is going.  Last week i had a major freak out about the trip being so close.   I was trying to do study for my up coming exams and after not being able to concentrate on anything including the trip i really started to get a little stressed and nervous about it, which is very rare for me as some of you would know.   To the extent that for about 5 min i was really considering if i should even go!
I think it was just a case of my dreams for so long being so close to finally happening and i didnt know how to react.

Other things that have been going on is that i have now converted most of my money into the currencies that i will be using for most of different parts of the trip.   As well in getting into contact with family members in various locations to organise stuff.  My faithful sidekick on this trip has been looking at and organising our places to sleep and travel costs for our little expedition to those ruins in peru, not sure if you have heard of them. Machu Pichu? anyone heard of them? yeah we are going there!!!

Also mum bought me a new camera which will be my other faithful companion on the trip helping me to document all that is going on, infact the camera helped me document my car crossing the 3rd major milestone in its life. It’s 300,000th Kilometer, it happened today on the freeway at approx 13:11.

And final thing before i go, I will be getting my backpack fitted today thanks to Mr Andrew, so that will be all ready. therefore i just have to start putting things aside to pack.

So now i am off, to spend a day reading and relaxing before my final exam tonight at 6pm.

hope to make at least 2 more posts before i leave next wednesday.  kind of strange to think that in 8 days time i will be doing my check in at the airport…

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