4 and half weeks is all we have left? Wow the time is FLYING by! We didn’t get to travel anywhere this weekend, so we decided to check a few things off of our “Córdoba Bucket List” while we had some free time. Friday night, we went out to dinner at Club Milanesa, a restaurant downtown that has giant milanesas. Milanesa is a typical Argentinian dish and it basically consists of breaded meat. Club Milanesa adds a little twist to this delicious recipe by throwing toppings on the milanesa as if it were a pizza. Sounds kind of strange, but it was mighty tasty Here’s a picture of what a milanesa looks like so you can kind of get an idea of what I’m talking about: After filling our stomachs to the max with milanesa, we met up with the group and decided to try out bowling! In Patio Olmos, there’s a bar/bowling alley, Bowling Space Bar, that offers late night bowling really cheap so the group of 8 of us decided to try out our bowling skills. Surprisingly, bowling is relatively new to Córdoba, and it was definitely obvious in the various bowling styles you could see in the other lanes. I’m not a great bowler by any means, but Friday night I impressed myself with a solid 129! To make me feel even better, the next highest score I saw all night was an 84, which was one of the girls in our group haha. Needless to say, there wasn’t anyone to make you feel incompetent while bowling because they’ve got double your score in half the frames, which is what usually happens to me when I go bowling back home. Here’s a pic of our group, the Cordobés Bowling All-stars: I think the guy taking the picture thought I was just a random guy who hopped in on the photo of all girls because he gave me a weird look. He didn’t realize that I’m literally the only guy in my program, and yes I’m hanging out with a group of 7 girls haha. We ended the night with some classic karaoke, and for those of you who know my singing abilities, don’t worry I didn’t belt out any solos I thought that Argentines were naturally good singers because they sing about everything in daily life, but boy was I surprised to hear some of the people who got up for Karaoke! They made me sound like I have perfect pitch, which is unfortunately far from the truth.
Sarah and I heard about an indoor ice rink in one of the malls near our houses, so we decided to go check it out before heading to the soccer game on Saturday with Marcos. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting for an ice rink in the middle of Argentina in a mall, but I was slightly disappointed upon seeing just how tiny it was. On top of that, I couldn’t even skate because you had to be wearing long pants to rent skates. I was tempted to tell them that I’m from the state of hockey where we play outside all winter on frozen ponds, and it’s occasionally warm enough to wear shorts while skating, but I decided against being sassy. We’ll definitely be back though, just for the fact that we can say we went ice skating in Córdoba, as well as we’ll definitely be the most advanced skaters there haha. It’s weird for me to think that people down here don’t know what a frozen lake, let alone snow, looks like because they live in the desert. I’m so excited to be back home for winter, escaping the heat After passing the afternoon in the mall, Marcos picked Sarah and I up, and we went to the Belgrano soccer game. Good news and bad news about the game. Bad news, we lost 3-1. Good news, Sarah and I finally got to experience our team scoring a goal after 4 soccer games!!! This alone was worth it because people go absolutely crazy! The atmosphere was still a lot of fun, even if we did get worked by the other team, and as always, the choripan afterwards helps to deal with the sorrow of losing.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to start my travelling as early as I would have liked because my final for my UNC class got moved to the 2nd of December. I was really looking forward to heading to Uruguay with the group next Tuesday, but now I’ll have to wait until Friday to join them. It’s crazy that the only thing that stands between me and the end of the semester is this presentation and an 8-10 page paper on my experience in my internship! 4 weeks from Friday we’ll be leaving, and I’m stilling have mixed emotions about going home because I can’t wait to see everyone and be home for Christmas, but at the same time it’s sad that I may not ever be back in Córdoba. We’ll just have to make this last month count Wow I didn’t even realize that we leave exactly one month from today! It seems like just yesterday we got here and thought that six months was a long time. I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you may be celebrating! Be sure to eat extra pumpkin pie and turkey for me