I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything on here so I’d just like to apologize for that first off. Last week was pretty hectic with everything getting finalized with classes, the internship, and whatnot, and on top of all that, I get sick for the first time down here. We’ll start out with the positives first though Monday = DAY OFF! Yes, my first two weeks of classes were three day weeks. I may or may not get extremely spoiled down here and have a tough time adjusting back to five day weeks come second semester! I believe it was a day to honor San Martin, influential liberator of South America. I chose to spend my day off by sleeping in, eating a nice lunch, and walking to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather. Tuesday was our field trip to the main plaza in Cordoba with my Argentina History class. At this point, I’m sure you’re all wondering if this is seriously college right? Day off followed by a field trip? In case you were wondering, it was completely awesome and I think field trips should be reincorporated into college curriculum! We learned all about the history behind the layout of the plaza in colonial South America and the reasons behind the location of each of the buildings. Do you know why there are stairs to get up to the Cathedral? Fun fact for the day: the Cathedral was raised above ground level to show that it was where the most important power resided back in colonial times; this being in the Church. Here’s a cool pic Sarah took of the Cathedral one night so you can get a glimpse of just how beautiful it is: All of the main events/necessary information in colonial times was distributed via bell towers. The bells would ring at all the important parts of the day, time to wake up, any emergencies, and time to go to bed. I wonder what happened if the person ringing the bell forgot one day…
The rest of the week was pretty low key, like the first part. I spent a lot of time enjoying the semi-warm weather as spring is just around the corner down here! Oh my! I almost forgot! Sarah and I decided to try the infamous panqueques con dulce de leche con helado this week. Here’s a pic of what it looks like and let me tell you, it’s like a little taste of heaven in every bite! Also, it was that dreaded time of the year when you have to buy textbooks, so I made my final purchases at the end of the week. All of you in college/graduated from college/parents paying for their children’s books for college are going to hate the following math equation. $50AR + $68AR = $118AR. $118AR / 4 = $29.50 US. Yup. That’s how much I spent on books this semester I would not mind spending that much next semester, or next year either, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Friday morning was when I woke up with a stuffy nose and a throbbing head, just in time for the weekend. Nearly everyone in my group has been sick at least once while being here, some multiple times, and my family here seems to be perpetually ill, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I got the Argentinian bug that’s been going around. Luckily, I came prepared with some good old ibuprofen to counter act the headache and I was able to sleep a lot this past weekend to get over the cold without too much trouble. Look mom, I got better all on my own
This was just a quick update on last week! In the next day or two, I’ll tel y’all about my weekend and fill you in on how Argentinians celebrate birthdays because I did more than just lay in my bed sick all weekend! I hope all is well back home. Goodluck to everyone going back to school and welcome to all the Tommie Ambassadors moving into to campus today! Miss you all lots!