Wednesday, November 22, 2006

La vida en Argentina

so, I had a "typical" Argentine night the other night (by typical I mean the way the hours just go by).... here is how it went.....
went to church at 9 pm, the service was over at 10:30 pm. The young people all began talking, conversating. At 11:45 pm the church people finally wanted to close the building up, so we moved outside onto the sidewalk. At 12 midnight I got VERY hungry. At 12:30 I was getting impatient at the others for not deciding a place to eat, so I said Im not waiting much longer.. I let people know that they were more than welcome to come to my place and order a pizza or something... they said they wanted to go out to a place, and took a while longer to decide.... finally they decided to go to a place... we all got in the cars and made it to the place... it was 1:15 am by the time we got there. Because we were a big group, about 30 of us, they didnt have enough seating, so we had to kind of arrange various tables and what not... 1:30 am i finally got a seat. Now, the Argentine waiters do not work for tips, so the service is... slow... to say the least.
I finally got my order in around 1:50 am. My food came at 2:10 am. By the time we finished eating, and waited for the bill, it was 3 am. We left, but being that I was sooooo hungry.. I was not even near being full... We walked down to the ice cream shop and entered there at 3:30 am. By the time we got our ice cream and chatted some more, it was after 4 am. By the time I walked home and got to bed, it was 4:30 am!!! So the next time you wake up at 3 or 4 in the middle of the night.. just think, somewhere in the world, its very possible that I'm just getting to dessert!! laters

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

pick your poison

so, the last 2 nights have had some compications...
there are 2 major complications.. 1 is heat, 2 is mosquitos.
It has been getting really hot here, and without A/C you definitely have to keep some ice cold beverages around. At night, it cools of a some, so in order to sleep at a decent temperature, you have to open up the windows for some ventilation. This only provides a way for mosquitos to come in and start their festering. So the option then becomes, try to sleep in heat, without the buzzing and biting of mosquitos, or sleep with a good breeze, but leaving your body exposed to the attacks of mosquitos... pick your poison...
here is a random video from my apartment of a hailstorm.. click on hailstorm below and enjoy!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Riot Police

You have to get used to seeing some riot police every now and then in Argentina!