mike and i arrived in buenos aires this morning on very little sleep and in shock of the drastic life change. it was\is still feeling like a vacation. lots has happened though,
but in summary, it’s been a challenging day.
not speaking spanish is VERY much a bummer. we are working on that constantly, trying to say everything… and as we had heard, most people are very nice and warm. we did stand around at the airport for awhile without notice hoping someone would ask us what our problem was cause no one seemed to work there. mike’s bike didn’t make it to the airport. traveling with bikes is a real hassle. a lot of people ride here, which is nice and will be great once we have his bike, but it might have been better to get one here (though, we haven’t seen any bike shops)
this evening we explored the area’s pedestrian ways and found a bar to pour over our books and plans. buenos aires is different from any place i’ve ever been… the city architecture and surrounding landscape is very distinct. i will get my photos up soon. vertical towers of dirty concrete are the apartment buildings sitting amongst the shanty villas. that is on the outskirts. downtown, or in the micro centre where we’re staying, there is a main axis that mirrors DC, with an obelisk, the “pink house” and the capital. the carillos are pretty narrow and the old buildings with balconies create a canyon lined with pizzerias, entertainment, and shops.
the other setback was that our room at the hostel was broken into and one of my bags was taken. i didn’t loose anything too important, but it was a blow. an important lesson i guess.
i’m looking forward to a solid night’s rest and a great cup of coffee in the morning. we’ll get mikes bike and set out to find an apartment.
good night all. xo