Club De Amigos

So lately I have been picking up Lautaro and taking him to futbol practice which I really enjoy. Argentinean school children are seriously adorable in their little white doctor outfit uniforms. The teacher and every child all kiss each other on the cheeks goodbye at the end of the day which would be totally illegal in the US probably but I think it’s very cute. The parents are all standing by the door having a cigarette while they wait. No smoke free school zones here, haha.

We take the bus to club de amigos which is a gigantic and super nice sports club that the family belongs to with fields and pools and a track and everything one could imagine. Then I watch the futbol practice which is ALL boys but I think I have spotted a girl or two out there so if that is the case, given the ‘futbol is for boys’ culture here they are serious badasses. Heres a pic of soccer practice! More later xoxo

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Capitol Hopping

So I went back to Uruguay this weekend with my friend Andrea! We had a fantastic time and now my passport is renewed with another 90 days here in Argentina as well. This trip I visited Montevideo, the capitol of Uruguay. After work on Friday we took a 1 hour boat ride and 2 hour bus to be in Montevideo by evening. To me it seems crazy that in just a few hours one can go from one capitol city to another.

We stayed in a really cool hostel called unplugged in the barrio Positos and met a bunch of cool people there. It was the place to be.. on Saturday they even took us to a party. Andrea had some friends in Uruguay as well who took us out and who were really nice. We got taken out to eat, driven around the city, and had all our questions answered. Super nice, thank you πŸ™‚

On Saturday we rented bikes from the hostel and explored the city for the entire day. We biked along the river and through the old center of the city. Anyone who says Montevideo is just a smaller Buenos Aires has clearly not visited. It is really different, and dare I say it, more beautiful. In my opinion Buenos Aires has a lot more life to it which I love, but I also enjoyed the change of pace in the more tranquillo city of Montevideo. People give Montevideo very mixed reviews (Maria told me one should go to Montevideo to write sad poetry…haha that may be true) but I think it’s great. I put up pictures on facebook if you are interested and I am posting one picture here of me by the water, beach and city in the background.

I was sad when it was time to head back, too short a trip! I was back in my flat by night time and today was back to the regular school week routine. It was good to see the kids again though ❀

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Empanadas and Quilmes (the simple joys)

I recently discovered that empanadas are orderable on the internet to have delivered to my front door. How cool is that? Or I can be less lazy and walk half a block to an amazing empanada place around the corner. When Andrea and I get together our tradition has started to become Empanadas&Quilmes beer. Always. It is the best.

Not a ton is new here. Spanish school is going well. It is hard to believe I am in my fourth week of it already. I’ve met some cool people through the Spanish school. Some friends from there and I went to an outdoor music show last weekend. It was called Open Air and it was a cool afternoon patio bar with 2 bands and a few DJ’s. Apparently it’s every Saturday all summer but that was the last one. I wish I had discovered it before then…

I met two other girls living here who are also extranjeras. They are super nice and it is fun to have more people to hang out with! I am going to put up a Picture of all of us (Andrea is in it too). Alejandra is from Mexico and Kim is from South Africa. This is us in Sugar Bar Palermo.

Last week Andrea and I checked out China Town Buenos Aires which was small but really cool and now I am dying to go back. On the weekend we went to the San Telmo market which I hadn’t gone to since my mom and sister were here. It is one of my favorite parts of this city. The middle section is antiques and the streets are filled with handicraft vendors and tango dancers on the corners. We strolled around the market, ate in a cafe, and took pictures in front of the Casa Rosada.

We are planning on going to Uruguay not this weekend but the one after. I am already really excited. Last time I was in Uruguay I was in Colonia and this time we are going to Montevideo so it will all be new and exciting. Plus I will get my visa renewed by crossing over. Perfecto πŸ™‚

On other exciting news I have bought new running sneakers and have been running in the evenings in the parks of Palermo. I can’t really measure how far I run but I think I am doing well getting back into it. The evenings are a good running temperature and the sunset over the city is awesome, I wish I ran with a camera. I downloaded a bunch of new music and I run with my iPod which I am super glad my mom and sister brought down to me, I had missed it!

I think that is all! Besitos desde Argentina MaxineSienna

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Living my Life

Hey everyone! So, yesterday I went back and looked through all my old blog posts and decided that the writing is not something I am incredibly proud of and the grammar and spelling are interesting…Hah. For the record, pretty much all of these posts were written hastily in the common areas of hostels with just enough internet connection for me to get them up on the net. I briefly considered editing them to something I am more proud of but then decided not to because really, why bother? As a whole I am proud of this blog and I am glad anyone who was interested could experience my travels with me as they unfolded. (Armchair traveling as my Nana calls it). Well now my question is where to go from here? I have rather enjoyed having a blog and putting up pictures and updates on my life. It’s especially fun for ME to go back and look at later! So I am going to keep this blog going even though I am (very sadly) no longer traveling. I know it probably wont be as interesting to read but, oh well…Here is an update for those curious.

I am currently living in a lovely flat in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. I live with an amazing family who I am super grateful to have been put in touch with. They are pretty great. I nanny for their three kids. Twin five year old girls (pictured earlier–bunnies) Clara and Catalina, and an eight year old boy, Lautaro. I live in a little bedroom behind the kitchen. It is just the right size for me and I like being steps from coffee right when I get out of bed.

In the mornings here I get to hang out with Lautaro and help with his homework which is quite fun I have to say. I like doing math word problems in Spanish and helping with English. (Lautaro also helps me with my Spanish homework. And yes it makes me feel super smart to have an eight year old correct my homework, but he enjoys it!). When he goes off to school I do too.

So…Spanish school. I decided to make the most use of my time here and actually study Spanish while living here. I took a placement test at a Spanish school near my house (pleasant ten minute walk!) and I got placed in an upper intermediate class. It is a few hours every weekday afternoon. There are only a few other students and the teachers are really great. They talk exclusively in Spanish and manage to make class fun but really educational I think. Basically if you ever find yourself living in BA, Argentina, I recommend InterSpanish school!

Some afternoons I pick up Clara and Catalina at jardin and play with them and some days not. If I am not working I do a lot of reading and writing on other projects I am working on. It’s a pretty tranquilo life I am living…can’t complain. πŸ™‚

I have several friends in the city but my closest friend is Andrea. She was pictured before as well. She is the American nanny for the family that is BEST friends with my family. They eat dinner together a lot and the kids are all friends, it’s really sweet. Andrea is new here as well (although she used to live here) and is super nice. She is my partner for going out! We are planning to go to Uruguay again together soon as well to renew our visas :p

So what is coming in the future? Well, I am going to savor every minute living here because I love it and even once I leave I know I will be back. It is fall now and heading towards winter (not that it’s cold by my standards at all) and when it gets to be winter/summer back home I will be headed back to Maine for a bit. It’s coming too quickly! There are so many people I will be really excited to see though! Also some things I miss like my clothes and my car. I am still planning to attend college this coming year. We will see how it goes… I will be running as well which is something I will be ready to get back too. I know ill be traveling again soon though because that is just who I am! We will have to see where I land next… Un besos desde Argentina <3MaxineSienna