I’ve been here a month. We have our old apartment in the city center of Santa Fe, very nice location. Duilio is studying and working hard, and I’m practically doing nothing, but the days just passes by so quickly.. I have once again a membership in the gym here, so I go a couple of times a week and do some gymnastics. I’ve started to do some bracelets again too of course.. haha. I’ve also been working on the new webpage for Filmfamiljen (me and my mothers company).
So what have we done? Well.. we celebrated ”friends day” (el dia del amigo) here in the mid of July, which is something we don’t have in Sweden, but it’s a really nice tradition. We went to Rafas house again, and it was the whole Santo Tome-gang with girlfriends. Nico once again did really great food, both the vegetarian and the meat thingy, everybody loved it. Haha.
I have also found a couchsurfing-group here. They are almost not active at the couchsurfing webpage at all, but I got an invitation to the facebook group, and wow, they are writing like 20 entries every day! So active!! And the people are really sweet and open-minded. I went to a meeting at the Costanera (by the river) and met a group of girls who later were going out to a bar around the corner of our apartment at night, so I joined them. The bar was nice too, not that stereotypic as the other place I went to last time.. haha. People here were more relaxed :) I also run into Sebastian and his girlfriend here, and one of Duilios friends in school, funny thing since I almost don’t know anyone else here in Santa Fe, haha. Duilio stayed at home because he needed to study for an exam (which went great :).
One of the girls there, a brazilian exchange student, told me about Cayasta which is located 82 km to the North of the capital of the province, and there are ruins of the primitive city of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz there. So next weekend we went there.
Today the old town is called ”Santa Fe La Vieja”. The city was transferred to where it is today around the 1650s because of some problems with native people and also because of cyclical flood defenses. About half of the old town is today flooded, but they have more than 2 square kilometers museum where several of the original buildings have been restored. A nice day trip!
The weekend after we went to a sort of cultural house party in one of the couchsurfing members house. They had art projects, sculptures and photos everywhere, they had a big fire outside and some of the guests were musically blessed and entertained us a bit.. really nice thing. Also everybody paid like 30 pesos and got free drinks all night, and everybody brought something to eat to share so we had dinner there too. Really nice!
I’ve also attended to a couple of concerts at Trombonanza. It’s a week-long event every year, and musicians from the whole world come here to take part of it! I met up with a new girl from Couchsurfing and went to the Teatro Municipal where they had a free concert (there are a few ones every day for a week!!). It was crowded too, and really nice to see a big mixture of people everywhere. In Sweden it’s more formal, not that many young people go and see an orchestra play, but here it’s quite hip and almost everybody have been or want to go to see it. It was reaaaally nice!
I got so interested that I started to take some drum classes here in Santa Fe after that! Hehe. It’s quite cheap, it costs like 210 pesos a month, which are one class a week. :) And my drum teacher is really great and much fun!! He both looks and sounds like Charlie from It’s always sunny in Philadelphia! Haha.
Oh, and one sunday we went to try out Sebas cuatricycle. Yeah I know, weird thing to own!! But not here… apparently it got popular last year, and a lot of people got their own cuatricycle, like instead of getting a boat or a motorcycle, you get your cuatricycle! We went a little bit outside town to a park just beside the road where people go to cuatricycle (don’t know if that’s a verb really, haha). It was me, Duilio and Seba at first but later all his family showed up to do it, haha, mother, father, cousins, sister, uncle, and boyfriends or girlfriends… haha. Funny familiar event! And there were plenty of other cuatricycle-groups there too, haha. :)
So… what more?? I’ve started with fencing too!! I finally found a little organisation here that does fencing.. but it was only foil and not epée… and it’s really small, they hire a room twice a week, and it’s the teacher, two kids around 10 years old and one other in my age but with some mental condition. But still… it’s fencing ;) But foil.. damn it. So difficult haha.
I’ve also been shopping a little bit, a black skirt and a black cardigan.. and when I’m in the store, I see an entire shelf filled with new handkerchiefs! Haha. I have literally only seen my Spanish grandmother use those (before I met Duilio of course) but never seen where to buy them haha. I don’t think it’s possible today in Sweden.. or is it? I’ve only seen the ones made of paper. Another thing they also have here is cloth hair ties, which I haven’t seen in like 15 years :)
Sometimes these small things surprises me, why is it ”out” in one side of the world and ”in” in the other side of the world?
Other things that I’ve thought about is the soap, here almost everyone uses the hard soap both as hand soap and body soap. I went to the store to buy soap and they also had a whole shelf (like 2-3 meters wide) filled with different kind of the old regular hard round soaps. In Sweden we usually have the liquid soap for hands and a special body soap that are like in shampoo bottles. I thought the hard soap was bad for the skin, like it will dry it out or something since it’s not a special body soap.. but honestly I haven’t really noticed any difference, more than it’s like 5 times cheaper. So why do we Swedes think that the cheap soap is bad for us? Sometimes you wonder where all our norms comes from and who started them, and what a business they did out of it... haha.
Well… Enough for today!
Here are some more pics!