Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lost Count

So... we kind of lost track of the days but a lot has happened since our last post. We have started teaching twice a week for EBC as part of our course. So far so good, we got our reviews back today and both did well with our first lessons. We have been making friends with some of the kids in our class and are having our first party at our place this Friday with all of them. When we said we would have drinks food and cards the 40 year old creepshow compulsive gambler in our class was on it like white on rice. Awesome. For the most part the people from class are real cool, good mix of UK, and US which makes it interesting. We met up with a few of them for drinks last weekend and everyone seems to get along pretty well which makes for a more laid back classroom situation. We've been exploring more of the city, had some drinks in Palermo, checked out the fair in San Telmo, actually tried the bus... so we're moving farther and farther away from our place the more time we spend here. Overall its been a really good time and all is well with us. Is anyone reading this? Bueller?........ Bueller?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day 4

Hola. HOLA . hola. Hola. Translation - Hello, Hi, Hey, Hello! We could only upload 5 pictures to this page, so these are a few shots of our flat and the street below. We're located in downtown Recoleta. Parks, shopping centers, bars and everything else is a stonesthrow from our front door. The Recoleta Cemetery, one of the more impressive destinations in all of Buenos Aires, is the next block over. There is also a weekly fair on the nearby green with hundreds of local artists, vendors and musicians. So... they speak Spanish, we don't. Not for lack of effort, but Spanish has been kicking our asses. After buying cell phones the second day we realized that we had told the salesmen we were two female professors from North American arriving tomorrow... these were the mistakes we actually realized. He laughed, some are more impatient. As far as getting acclimated to the area, we have walked several miles in each direction and are getting a solid grasp on our neighborhood. TODAY was the first day of class. Back to school. We are taking the course with ten other students from the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, the US etc. and an Argentinian professor who lives up to the name of her country (she's hot, like wicked bangin'). The structure of the course is very hands on. Each of us will be teaching hour long grammar and vocabulary lessons to native Spanish speakers beginning this Thursday and Friday. We are happy, healthy and looking really, really ridiculously good.

Until next time - PALABRA A TU MADRE

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 1

Hello friends and family,

On October 1oth of 2008, two of the greatest thinkers/songwriters of the 21st century embark on an epic journey to Buenos Aires. As we drive through the slums of Argentina, the cab drivers phone rings... it is for us, and the news leaves us homeless. The housing situation fell through (again). We arrive at the office of our "real estate agent" who offers us a surrogate/temporary room which consists of a bed and a couch. So we venture out into Buenos Aires to find a sutiable apartment for two strapping young lads.
We visit an apartment we like. We return to our surrogate room. We get an offer, $1200 a month for the aprtment we like. DENIED! Offered $1100 within minutes. Upon accepting, it was made clear the realestate agent had forgone her comission to meet our minimum monthly payment. Despite condescending remarks from her superior we closed the deal.
After attempting to aquire $2,100 USD (while wandering with 200+ lbs of luggage and broken spanish) we showed up at the desired apartment at the agreed meeting time of 2:30 pm and the landlord was nowhere to be found. After being kindly let into the building by a fellow tenant we were similarly asked to leave after it was apparent that our landlord was not on time.
We waited. Patientally. Eventually we were granted our apartment. A two-bedroom in the heart of Recoleta. It is close to our lifestlyle and class. We miss you all, and will keep you in our thoughts.

Ted and Andy