So yesterday we felt human and ventured out to the famous cemetery in Recoleta, the barrio we live in right now.
Sidebar, here's a map of Buenos Aires with Recoleta highlighted just to give you an idea of where we are in relation to the rest of the city.
|The major "downtown" barrios are Belgrano, Palermo, Villa Crespo, Congreso, Recoleta, Almagro, Retiro, Montserrat, Puerto Madero, and San Telmo. Boca is also in there but we've been told it's dangerous, a little dirty, and kind of sucks in general.|
|There's skeletons in there! Or vampires or zombies.|
We also started school today! Class started at 9:30am, and we left at 5pm. I know what you're thinking...short day, right? Surpisingly, the day actually moved rather quickly. There's only 3 students in the class, Jesse, me and another girl living at the Road House. At the beginning of class, I was fidgeting with my pen because I'm really great at sitting still for long periods of time. Being the pillar of grace that I am, I managed to fling my pen cap down my shirt. BUT, (Mom you'll be proud) I resisted the urge to fish it out, which may have been pretty noticeable with only 3 people in the class, until the break. As if we weren't overwhelmed enough as it is living in a foreign country, in a house with 25 people we don't know, taking a course that crams several months worth of knowledge into 1 month...our teacher informed us that WE the students will start teaching English on Thursday. Yes, this Thursday. Using our own original lesson plans. So much for going to a tango club to celebrate freedom from our upset tummies this week.
We are very excited, though, and it will be nice to have a routine going. It's all going to be worth it when we get that TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Like I said, we don't have a bunch of stories or pictures from our crazy first weekend as Porteno's (people who live in B.A.), but there will be more to come!