Vamos Argentina!

28 06 2010

It’s been an exciting week for us! Last week I had orientation with a new group of interns– two undergrad students and two recent graduates, all from the US. We had the usual workshops and activities to help them get comfortable here and introduce them to FSD’s mission. I love orientation week– I get paid to play jeopardy, eat croissants and watch TED talks. Not a bad life. I also got to meet more of the host families and visit a couple of new organizations so I’m slowing getting to know everyone.

While I was doing that, Tim found himself some (paid!) work. He had two interviews at English institutes that seem very promising. The semester ends mid-July so he would probably start at the beginning of the new term. He has also started teaching private English lessons so he’s starting to settle in here as well. His Spanish is getting more and more awesome by the week. He’s been getting a lot of well-deserved compliments on it this week!

As if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we’ve been watching as many of the World Cup games as possible. No surprise that everyone is loco for soccer here. Yesterday Argentina beat Mexico, meaning that they advance to the quarter finals! If Argentina can manage to beat Germany on Saturday, they say the championship is as good as theirs. Watching the games has been a fun way to meet new people and spend more time with our host family and coworkers. We’ve learned a lot about soccer, the cultural norms around watching the games, and the selección (what they call the Argentine team, which is comprised of players with nicknames like The Flea, The Witch, The Gringo, etc!).

We watched the US play this weekend too. We went to BA for the day to get Mexican (how I missed spicy food!!), to watch the game and to check out an art festival that was in town for the weekend. And even though the US lost and it was pouring rain while we were there, we managed to have a really good time. When we got back to our house in the evening, our host family was throwing a huge party for the abuela, who turned 97 years old this week!! So we got home, ate some cake and then packed our suitcases because… we finally moved!!

That’s right, yesterday we moved into our new apartment, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The apartment is soo bright and cheery! Lots and lots of natural light, plenty of space and a super friendly roommate. It felt like home right away. Today we are planning to go shopping to stock our shelves with some groceries and maybe buy a house plant or something. We still have a lot of exploring to do in our new neighborhood but yesterday we did go to the pizzeria across the street. Delicious! Like, all Argentine pizza, it needed more sauce… but otherwise, it was really good!

That’s it for now. We’ll be sure to post pictures of the new apartment soon. And I’m going away for work next weekend, so I’m sure I’ll have a ton of photos from that.





One response

28 06 2010
Barbara Muller

Wow! You two have realllly been busy! Sounds like fun on both sides. The pics of your walk from your host family’s house was an interesting one.

Imagine, a pizzeria across the street from your apartment. That would be Larry’s dream!

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