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.
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.