Change of Plans?

10 10 2009

It’s currently thunderstoming in Buenos Aires, so I have decided to update my blog. A lot has happened since my last post.

To begin, I decided that I made a hasty decision in choosing my new apartment. Thus, I decided not to move in and look at more places. I think this was a wise decision because there turned out to be a few things that I didn’t like about it. I have looked at about ten different places, and I haven’t really been impressed with any place that I’ve seen.

Secondly, I got hired for a part-time teaching position during an impromptu interview when I dropped off my resume somewhere. I have now decided to turn down the job because I’m not sure Buenos Aires is the city for me.

I had been so busy running around trying to find a job and an apartment the first few days here that I completely didn’t make time to actually figure out if BA would be a good match for me. So, I am now going to book a private room in a hostel, explore for the next week or two and see if I want to live here.

I am leaning towards a smaller, different city. Why?

  1. The pay for teachers is low here. It’s not too difficult to find work, but it’s difficult to find work that pays well.
  2. The city is huge. I love big cities. However, it takes a long time to get from one side to the other. Also, there have been transportation strikes recently, and the subways have been closed on some days.
  3. I would like to work at a language institute or somewhere with more structure. Many of the English-teaching jobs here have no curriculum and few resources.

So, the next week or two, I will be enjoying myself in Buenos Aires and not worrying about finding work or an apartment. The only thing I have to think about is where would be a good city to work next. I am thinking about somewhere in Uruguay or Chile. I still miss Cusco dearly, but I think I want to try a new city.

Anyway, I’m sure things will work out. I’m just a bit confused on where to go next to work. After Buenos Aires, I will probably visit Uruguay for a few days since it’s so close.

Stay tuned for touristy pics!


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12 10 2009
Karin

Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but I’m going to talk with my friend, Miriam, who may have contacts for you in BA. She was a psychologist in BA and often goes back there to visit. Will see her Thursday night, and just sent her an email.

17 10 2009
Eliza

Good luck with everything and travel safe to Uruguay! I hear South Korea is awesome and I can definitely put you in touch with 2 of my friends who are teaching English there right now. I am a little disappointed that I will probably not be visiting you in South America, but I’m sure I’ll make it there another time!

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