Buenos Aires: The First Two Days

7 10 2009

I’ve officially been in Buenos Aires for two days now. It’s been a LONG two days because I’ve already done so much.

Unfortunately, I caught a gnarly cold in Paraguay, so I have been too tired to really go out an explore. I’ve pretty much been all business.

The night that I arrived, I ended up going out with some super friendly people I met through a BA expat networking site. One of the girls swung by my hostel to pick me up, and we went to an expat bar that was packed with young Americans (mostly men) watching Monday Night Football. I met a lot of nice people and had a great time. It’s good to know that there are places where my fellow Americans hang out. However, I’m even more excited to go to the local, Argentine hang outs.

The next day, I ventured out to see three apartments. The last one I saw was the best because it had a “buena onda” (good vibe) and it’s in a stellar location: Palermo Soho, near bars, supermarkets, restaurants, shopping, a gym and public transportation. The room is small, but it can fit my belongings. That’s all that matters at the end of the day. Two guys (one from Argentina and one from Morocco) live there. The Moroccan, a student who speaks about five languages, will probably be leaving in about a month, but the Argentine, who is a musician, is there to stay. Both are in their late 20s and are very friendly. In fact, so friendly that they invited me to stick around for dinner. So, I hung out with them and their friends for over six hours, talking in Spanish and a little bit of English and listening to music. We all pitched in for dinner, and they cooked delicious Argentine steak, bell peppers and potatoes on the terrace barbecue. This was all of course accompanied by fine Malbec Argentine wine. We didn’t eat until around midnight! This is something I’m definitely going to have to get used to. Then, they walked me back to my hostel.

The Terrace

The Terrace

One of the Friends on the Hammock

One of the Friends on the Hammock

BBQ

BBQ

BBQ

BBQ

Mohammed From Morocco Serenading

Mohammed From Morocco Serenading

The Argentine, Ramiro, told me that other people had made appointments to see the place and that he would let me know if I could move in. Today, he called me to tell me that I could have the room if I wanted.  I gladly accepted, and I’m moving in tomorrow.

I had a great interview today with a potential employer for a full-time position. If I don’t get the job, I won’t be disappointed because I couldn’t have had a better interview. The only issue they could have had with me is that I’m new the city and don’t know my way around. However, I can figure it out quickly, I’m sure.

I have another interview for a part-time position tomorrow. And, I may set up another one if I don’t get the job that I interviewed for today.

Here are a few observations of BA that I’ve made so far:

  • People usually eat lunch between 2 and 5 pm. The lunches are huge.
  • People usually eat dinner between 10 pm and midnight, sometimes later.
  • Argentinians seem to be very friendly and helpful.
  • They use the “vos” form instead of the “tu” form, and the accents are different from other Spanish-speaking countries.
  • You can drink water from the tap.
  • The time here is four hours later than Pacific Daylight Time.
  • The currency is the peso. There are four pesos to one dollar.

More pictures to come when I’m feeling better and start exploring! Can’t wait to move out of my suitcase and into my apartment!

* October 9, 2009 Note: Upon moving in to my apartment, I realized I needed to see other neighborhoods and other options. Thus, a few hours after I moved in, I moved right back out.