My Gosh… I Think I’ve Finally Got It!


Posted on April 12th, by Jacob King in Jake's Journal. No Comments

I am happy to announce that one week has passed and I have NOT been lost (hold applause please). You know the proud feeling a parent gets when their child learns to ride a bike on their own, that is the same kind of feeling I have. I think it’s safe to say I am starting to figure things out in this city.

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina

I always find myself saying “me parece increíble” (meaning “it’s incredible to me”) when I think about all that has happened in the span of one month- I flew south to play with penguins, President Obama visited and learned the tango, and I’ve managed to stop sitting through classes that aren’t mine.

To make things even better, I have started to make Porteño friends in my classes. Since my schedule consists of classes with local students, it’s been easier to meet people from this country. In addition to making friends in class, this city is PERFECT for meeting new people.

Playing Spanish trivia at Bar Hollygood in Palermo

Playing Spanish trivia at Bar Hollygood in Palermo

“Amable” (meaning “friendly”) is the Spanish word I use when describing the people here. During the many nights I’ve been out to eat or out to explore the nightlife, it never ceases to occur that my American friends and I meet new people from not just Argentina, but around the world.

Deciding which part of the city I want to conquer next.

Deciding which part of the city I want to conquer next.

Last week, my friends and I went to this event called Mundo Lingo, which has to be one of the coolest ideas ever. The idea behind Mundo Lingo is to practice language. The people behind it choose certain bars on certain nights through the week and post on Facebook the details. You walk in and choose a sticker to wear that represents the country you’re from and the language you want to learn. Then, you drink, mingle, and practice language.

The nightlife here is definitely something to get used to. Some say New York City is the city that never sleeps, I disagree.

The process of going out here is pretty interesting. Between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. is dinner time. Next, you take a nap to get ready for the night. Between midnight and 3 a.m. you and your friends head out to a bar to get some drinks. After that, you find a boliche (club in Argentina) and then expect to leave there around 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. It’s funny to know that some people will go to class or work from the night before.

If this is everything I’ve experienced in one month, I am stoked to see what the next four are like for this gringo!





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