So… where to start?? It’s soon been a month, can’t believe it. Time have really flown away. What the heck??!
So I arrived at Buenos Aires in the middle of May, and Duilio met me up. He was late though, he was supposed to be there like 2 hours before so he could rest before the drive back, since it is around a 5 hours drive from Santa Fe (where he lives) to Buenos Aires. Here in Argentina ”it’ just by the corner”, but for me, it’s a long distance. Anyways, I’m glad he came to pick me up, so I didn’t have to wait even more hours to see him… It was so wierd to see him again, like unbelievable. But great. Then he tells me – his parents are with him here too, they are parking the car! Haha… oh my god…. I got all embarrased and shy… and sure it felt a little wierd in the beginning to meet them right there, I wasn’t prepared at all, but they are really really sweet and easy.. Good to have that done so I didn’t need to be nervous later, haha :)
We drove to our appartment, really nice one with internet, tv, balcony, kitchen, big bed… lovely.
Next day Duilio went to work and I went out for a walk to get to know the neigbourhood. It’s really a great ubication, like one block from the city center!
First thing that stroke me is that Santa Fe reminds me a lot of Spain, they sort of have the same architechture and same tiles on the street, and all the people here looks european!!! I really blend in here, no one knows that I’m not from Argentina if I don’t open my mouth : )
At night Duilios parents, Claudia and Jorge and his younger brother Lautaro (guapisimo, Andrea!) came by our apartment, they were actually out shopping and needed to pee.. good to have an apartment close then haha. :) Later me and Duilio took a walk around the city and then we ran into them again in the streets, and guess what?? Claudia had bough me a gift!! Just like that! A wonderful black long-sleeved but thin sweater, I’ve been looking to get one so it was perfect! Thank you!
On Friday night I got to meet the first gang of friends of Duilios, the ones from preschool. Really sweet. They all commented on Duilis shoes that I bought for him, hehe. We went to one girls house for drinks there before going out to a club close by, but it was closed, so we went home instead. No pics from that night though!
Next day Duilios other younger brother, Luciano, and his girlfriend Dana, came by our appartment and we had ravioli for lunch. Apparently that’s quite typical to do here : ) It’s a different food culture here, I guess a little bit more italian and spanish then the rest of south america. They eat lots of pasta, empanadas, pies and of course ”asado” , like roast.
Another funny thing here is that they all drink mate! It’s like a bitter tee, and everyone walks around on the streets with their thermos and their mate in the hands. I went to the store of Movistar to activate my sim card to the phone, and the attendants all had a mate as we swedes have our coffee on our desks. Looked so funny. One afternoon we went to la Costanera, which is like a green park close to the river where everybody hangs out.. on summer they brings their tables and chairs, grill and fernet (typical alcoholic beverage here) and they sit there the whole day, but now that it’s winter they all have they thermos, mates and some biscuits from the conditory. And I really mean everybody! You see couples, families or group of friends, and they all have it with them. But you don’t have one for yourself, you share it in the group. Really nice custom, we should definitively have that in Sweden I think!
By the way.. here in argentina they say ”vos” instead of ”tu” (you) and they also bend the verb totally different.. I’m so surprised about their language, haha, I find it really funny since I think everything is misspelled all the time.. haha
So… during the days, Duilio goes to work, and I sleep, watch tv, do things on the computer, go out training (running, swimming our doing gymnastics, it’s great! It costed me 160 Argentinian pesos, around 30 USD, for a month of training. :)
I’ve also started doing lots of bracelets… so much fun and addictive! In the evenings we sometimes go out for walks or to different parks, and we also cook dinner eeeeevery night.. and we are actually quite good at it! And then we watch either Dexter or Game of Thrones.. Love this life of ours!! : )
So what more.. well I have met almost all of Duilios family too. We were invited there to have lunch a weekend, and I had already met the closest family, but when I got there, all the grandparents were there aswell, so it was a big family lunch. We had great home made pasta and canelones, and the desert was delicious… both Claudia, Ines and Kika (the grand mothers) do delicious food and cakes : ) They had all heard about me and were all excited about meeting me, I’m really surprised.. apparently Duilio hasn’t presented a girlfriend there before haha… Oh and by the way, Ines the grandmother had a present for me, a beautiful red scarf. So soft! And she hadn’t even met me before, still she had bought a gift for me! Isn’t that amazing??
Another weekend I met Duilis other gang of friends from Santo Tome. We went to Rafa and Joannas house outside town, really big one with swimming pool and they even have a sheep! Haha. Nico was the chef and made home-made pizzas for everybody… delicious! They are all really nice gang of guys actually. I felt a little bit intimidated since it was big gang of like 10 guys and a few girlfriends.
Also when they spoke big in group I really didn’t get much of what they said.. .. Almost as difficult as it was to understand Kevin in the beginning! So much slang and different words, not to mention their prononciation… Apparently the ”Santafesinos” (people here in Santa Fe) are known for their ”bad” prononciation.. They speak really fast and they don’t pronunciate the S.. and sometimes they don’t pronounce other letters either, no general rule here really.. haha. I remember in the beginning I thought Duilio sounded like a baby that couldn’t speak, but I guess I’ve gotten used to it now.. haha. :)
We have visited Duilios uncles a couple of times too, they are so funny! They are getting married this fall and going to New York on their honey moon, so they were interested in getting US dollars, which I had brought with me.
Here in Argentina they don’t sell dollars, and the argentinian pesos are worthless outside argentina, so they have really problems when they are going to travel. The normal market value for 1 usd is like 5 arg pesos, but since they don’t sell USD dollars here, they have a big black market here who does (probably owned by the government itself) that sells 1 USD for 8,50 arg pesos.. Yep! Really corrupted country! It’s so weird, because it’s so alike the mediterranean europé, like spain, italy, france… but yet so undeveloped in some aspects.
Anyhow.. Duilios uncles are really funny, and they love to travel, have been almost everywhere! We spent hours talking about different countries and travels we want to do or have done.. : )
Also we have been to the cinema a couple of times, we have seen ”The big gatsby” (Duilios first movie in 3D!:) and ”911 emergency call”. But both movies were a big disappointment. They don’t show many movies here at the same time, so we were limited in our options.. we just knew we didn’t want to see ”Fast and the furios” haha..
Hmm… this is getting long.. I’ll write another post soon!