We’ve been here for three months and Buenos Aires is starting to feel like a second home. We have routines, a couple friends, and we know our way around the city. It’s now officially summer and the A/C units are on full blast, dripping water on me as I walk under them on the sidewalk. Everyone here makes a huge deal about how hot and humid summers are in Buenos Aires, but it’s not much worse than Northern Virginia summers, so it doesn’t bother me.
If I had to describe life here in one word, it would be easy. Sure, the language barrier and cultural differences are challenging sometimes, but beyond that, life doesn’t ask much of us. There are no bills to pay besides rent and I have a lot of freedom to do things. I should mention I do work hard at building up my web design business, so I’m not quite as lazy as you think. But of course, all of this is partially American privilege. Life is not easy for locals because of the inflation rate rises faster than wages and other reasons not worth getting into right now.
We had a cultural exchange of sorts when we invited an Argentinian couple over to celebrate Thanksgiving. They were intrigued by our strange, foreign holiday, wherein they tried macaroni and cheese and stuffing for the first time. They liked both, or at least they said they did.
I also celebrated my 25th birthday here with a few Argentinian friends. I had a blast showing them the traditional American game of “beer pong” (photo attached) and making them their first sangrias. (Down here, the drink of choice is a bitter liquor called Fernet mixed with Coca Cola.)
For Christmas/Hannukah, Aeriel and I made a special dinner, exchanged presents and watched the fireworks at midnight.
Some noteworthy things we’ve done
Saw a ballet at the famous Teatro Colon
Went to a bar called Chupitos (Shots) where a bartender injected a vile full of alcohol into my mouth
Went to an abandoned amusement park from the 80’s, and took an elevator up a tower that had breathtaking views of the city
Made a Christmas tree out of objects lying around the house
Went to a famous bookstore inside an old theater
Continued to eat empanadas on a regular basis