i’ve put up some photos – check the flickr link to the right.
there are two computers at our hostel. we’ve been camping out here every morning to translate messages from potential apartment shares. we have a couple leads but have only seen one place so far. like many of the buildings downtown, it was a mansion that had seen better days. i love the character though and the balconies warm the place up. we’re going to keep looking.
mike is having a mate. we agree that it tastes horrible.
heheh… he’s trying to get back into it, having drunk a lot during college.
a couple quick notes so i don’t hog the computer anymore –
about my post heading:
we rode our bikes yesterday for the first time. while it was awesome to be riding again and to zip through the streets with wind in my hair, i quickly became aware of the dense car and bus exhaust. there are no emission standards here so there are really old vehicles spouting black clouds. i might actually start wearing a mask.
ps – it is pretty bizarre to see smoking indoors. apparently there was a law passed this year banning smoking in certain public spaces (theaters, schools, restaurants) but it is blatantly ignored.
dog poo is everywhere. just watch your step.
also of note is this cat park we ran into yesterday. the cats have somehow claimed corners of the parks. it looks like a little cat ghetto. i guess there are a few known places around town.
as i’ve mentioned, there are a lot of pizzerias and there seems to be little interest in any cuisine other than italian. a veggie pizza here consists of tomato and dried basil. i don’t know how Argentinians eat like they do and stay healthy… it’s red meat, cheese, bread, no veggies, and sweets full of dulce de leche. i’m looking forward to having a kitchen to cook for myself.
however, last night we met former co-worked/son of boss Cooper Jones for sushi at a place called “Business” in Recoleta. there was a giant camel-shaped disco ball. so, a disco camel. they played a video of VH1 divas concert three times while were there.
we discussed the abundance of PDA. “fredeliando”… (sp) and of public arguments that are precursors to the PDA. many families live in the city so it’s likely that young people live at home, so they go out to argue and make up. we’ve heard of tuvelos (sp) that are essentially sex rooms, like a cheap motel, that are pretty popular.
alright, gotta go. we’re being latched onto by our overzealous hostel manager.
xo – thanks for checking in on me… it’s nice to hear from you.