Long weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina

We started our journey on Friday afternoon after that Duilio and Seba finnished worked. I was tired as hell.. I had only had 2 hours of sleep and had to wake up ”earlish” since I had my first drum lessons. Then I couldn’t sleep again haha. The car ride went quite fast though, I really tried not to sleep so that I would be able to sleep at night.. so I only slept like 20 minutes.. :) When we got there we got to our rooms, our room was really not as in the pictures, haha. Seba and Dianelas was twice as big and had a bathtub, balcony and everything, we didnt have anything, haha. But it was ok. We were so tired… we wen’t out to eat dinner at Mc Donalds, very fancy. I didn’t of course since I hate Mc Donalds, haha.

Next day we had a great breakfast buffet at the Ritz hotel and then took the regular subway to the Parque de La costa, one ticket about 3 pesos. It took forever, we had such a sloooow train, so we jumped of and took the official and a little bit more expensive ”Parque de la costa”-train that costed 10 pesos but also got there in 20 minutes.

We got there around noon and started the day with a big green roller coaster, well everyone but Seba because he was too afraid ;) I knew he and Duilio didn’t enjoy rollercoasters as me and Dianela. Still Duilio did this one for me… and then he didn’t get up to anything else but the carousel haha. But me and Dianela did everything, one red rollercoaster made me laugh so I almost peed on myself. I love amusement parks!!!

Haha. We loved it! While our boyfriends chickens out.

Haha. We loved it! While our boyfriends chickens out.

Me and Duilio in the Carousel

Me and Duilio in the Carousel

We also did the extreme vertigo, which isn’t included in the entrance fee, so we had to pay 195 pesos for that, but it was SOOOOOOO worth it…… amazing!! It’s almost like bungyjump but easier, you sort of lay down and are all wrapped up in some plastic things, then they pull you up about 80 metres in the air and then you let go and fall down… we did it together, and it was amazing!!! On our way up, it was quite scary, it was like ”how much higher are we going to go?? it’s enough now!” hahaha.. but then when you fall down…. amaaazing feeling.

Just before going up in the vertigo extremo!

Just before going up in the vertigo extremo!

From the video of me and Dianela in the Extreme Vertigo. On our way up, up in the top, and then the fall!

From the video of me and Dianela in the Extreme Vertigo. On our way up, up in the top, and then the fall!

At night we had a short siesta because we were dead. After that we walked down to Plaza del Congreso and had a nice dinner at a nice restaurant there, quite cheap too, I had really nice vegetables for 38 pesos. Surprisingly cheap. Then me and Duilio did some night sightseeing around Plaza 25 del Mayo and the Casa Rosada.

In front of the Casa Rosada at night.

In front of the Casa Rosada at night.

Night sighseeing, in Plaza 25 de mayo

Night sighseeing, in Plaza 25 de mayo

Then home and sleep. Next day we got up early and went down to the neighborhood La Boca. I didn’t have anything planned, but since both Dianela and Seba knew Buenos Aires we just followed them. And it was a really nice area!! It really reminded me of Pippi Långstrumps house, haha. So colorful houses and pedestrian streets. One of the most famous streets are ”Caminito” where there are a lot of Tango performances.

Love that it's so colorful. Reminds me of Pippi Långstrump!

Love that it’s so colorful. Reminds me of Pippi Långstrump!

Me and Duilio in front of the famous Caminito in La Boca, Buenos aires

Me and Duilio in front of the famous Caminito in La Boca, Buenos aires

But... what's maradona doing here??

But… what’s maradona doing here??

Tango show in the caminito

Tango show in the caminito

Then we went to the neighborhood San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos aires. It’s a very nice area, with colonial buildings, antique shops and cobblestoned streets. It was really crowded since they on sundays have a big market along I don’t know how many blocks, but probably something between 10 and 20 blocks…all filled with small stands with art, music, souvenirs, antique, clothes, sweats etc etc. Lovely!

The sunday market in San Telmo

The sunday market in San Telmo

A crazy and funny band in the streets of San Telmo

A crazy and funny band in the streets of San Telmo

A calm tangomusic-band in one of the streets in San Telmo

A calm tangomusic-band in one of the streets in San Telmo

Love these belts!! Yep... I got one... ;)

Love these belts!! Yep… I got one… ;)

Oh, such a nice idea. Really lovely. I got 3 refrigerator magnets, two of the pictures from Holbox and one from Buenos Aires. :)

Oh, such a nice idea. Really lovely. I got 3 refrigerator magnets, two of the pictures from Holbox and one from Buenos Aires. :)

After that Dianela and Seba left us to go back to Santa Fe while me and Duilio stayed one more day in Buenos Aires. We grabbed a coffee at the Puerto Rico, watched some tango and walked around the area. Such a mix of architecture.. old colonial and with very futuristic!

The statue of Cristobal Colón, that Christina, the president of Argentina, is taking down after being part of the park since 1921... why?? Because she thinks that Colón is an object of controversy. I don't know how much it costs to moves these 623 tons of statue, but they could probably spend that money on something more worth it then this. The people won't feel less controversy because the statue has been moved. This is just jet another stupid act of a stupid president.

The statue of Cristobal Colón, that Christina, the president of Argentina, is taking down after being part of the park since 1921… why?? Because she thinks that Colón is an object of controversy. I don’t know how much it costs to moves these 623 tons of statue, but they could probably spend that money on something more worth it then this. The people won’t feel less controversy because the statue has been moved. This is just jet another stupid act of a stupid president.

Buenos Aires Big Ben ;)

Buenos Aires Big Ben ;)

Nice sky behind the big skyscrapers in Buenos Aires!

Nice sky behind the big skyscrapers in Buenos Aires!

At night we found a vegetarian restaurant in the neighborhood with affordable prices, all though we both felt really weird in  our stomaches. We were both hungry, but we had a small piece of some pie-thing and felt really full, so we couldn’t eat even the half of our food. We took a doggiebag with about 70% of what we ordered.. haha.

The monument of the president woman and some skaters

The monument of the president woman and some skaters

 

Duilio eating vegetarian food.. not too convinced, haha.

Duilio eating vegetarian food.. well.. a cucumber at least

Next day we visited the Casa Rosada again but with a 1,5 hour guided tour inside.  Very beautiful. We walked through the presidents office and stuff. :) Then we walked around in the shopping street and had bought some really good ice creams which we finished in the park of the Obelisco.

My poet boyfriend.

My poet boyfriend.

Plaza 25 de mayo

Plaza 25 de mayo

In front of the Obelisco :)

In front of the Obelisco :)

Then it was time for us to go hit the bus station. Duilios dad got us free bus tickets back to Santa Fe, with really greet luxury seats. Score! Hehe.

Back in Santa Fe

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.

Nico cooking for all the friends!

Nico cooking for all the friends!

My boyfriend just loves meat... jaja

My boyfriend just loves meat… jaja

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

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 :).

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

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! 

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gasstation. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gas station. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

In the car, roadtrip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

In the car, road trip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

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!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Some music enterteinment from USA and Brazil :)

Some music entertainment from USA and Brazil :)

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!

Trombonanza 2013! Playing  outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Trombonanza 2013! Playing outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

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.

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

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. :)

Trying out the cuatricycle... Haha.

Trying out the cuatricycle… Haha.

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family.... like mother, father, sister, uncle, aunt, girlfriends etc. Haha :)

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family…. :)

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!

Crossing the border to Bolivia

Hello!

Right now I’m in Tupiza in our hotel Anexo Mitru. I’ve shared a private twin room with Anne from Germany.. We were supposed to get picked up at 8.30 by Tupiza Tours, to start our Salt Flakes tour, but apparently the other two that are going with us are late, the train they are on are delayed so… we’ll be picked up around 11.30 instead. Typical!

But then I have time to write this ;)

We arrived here yesterday. We all met in La Quiaca, the border town of the Argentinian side. We arrived like 7 in the morning and it was still dark and freezing cold, and it was such a heavy atmosphere there, I really felt uncomfortable.. and there was no info what so ever about where the border was or how to cross it.. and the tourist information was closed.. it was really weird.. I spotted a couple that I saw in Salta, that took the same bus as me. They also felt the strange feeling there and were also going to take the train to Tupiza. The border didn’t open until 8 so we started to talk there.. and then 3 other people joined us that they had been talking to before too, so we were a group of 6 people together going to the same place and it felt much safer to walk around there. It’s really nasty and doesn’t feel safe to walk there by yourself. Also it’s quite far away from the bus station to the border.

Sunrise in the border between Argentina and Bolivia. The river is the border.

Sunrise in the border between Argentina and Bolivia. The river is the border.

We crossed the border without problems and landed in the border town Villazon in Bolivia. A little better atmosphere, maybe because the sun actually had come out and made it a little bit more friendly but I still had this molding feeling inside of me, I wasn’t comfortable.

Then they tell us that there is no train to Tupiza, that it doesn’t go anymore… whaaat? Haha. Some of us even stayed an extra day in Salta just to catch this train since it only goes 4 times a week… but they were buses leaving in the morning, good! Buuut… then there is a traffic stop or something right before Tupiza, so the buses didn’t leave either!
….whaaaat again?? Haha.. We didn’t want to be stuck in that town! Such a bad luck. We waited a little bit and then they said that the buses actually were going to leave, but a little bit later.. phew! We met some other people waiting there and had some breakfast (coffee and plain bread, they didn’t have anything else). Nice to get together with all these other backpackers actually, it felt so much safe.

Breakfast in Villazón in Bolivia, the border town... so cold here.. and they only had coffe and bread.. :) This is Sarah, Matt and Anne!

Breakfast in Villazón in Bolivia, the border town… so cold here.. and they only had coffe and bread.. :) This is Sarah, Matt and Anne!

Then we took the bus to Tupiza (15 Bs), and it was actually really quick! And the bus was totally ok, I mean is not the kind of bus as in Argentina or Peru, a little bit more broke, but still ok comfortable ;) When we arrived in Tupiza it was totally a different atmosphere, so much lighter, and it felt much better. We walked to Hotel Mitru which we all had seen in hostelworld, they had rooms for 100 bs at night, but they also have 2 other hotels close by where it’s cheaper, so we stayed at Anexo Mitru for 60 bs at night, private room. :)

Then we had some lunch, took out money and paid for our Salt Flakes tour (1200 bs with discount), then went back to the hotel to chill a little and take a shower. In the evening we went out to buy some more clothes, I bought a pair of gloves and a hat because it’s really damn cold here. Then we had something to drink at a coffee/restaurant place in the main square of tupiza, it took like 40 minutes to get our coffee, beer, submarino and fanta, haha.

I really enjoy the company of Anne, Sarah and Matt, they are funny and easy going, and I feel better at heart when I’m around people I enjoy and not alone with my thoughts. After that we had dinner at a place called something Antomos or something, ”it’s recoginized by it’s green light outside” as it sais in the lonely planet book haha. Really funny place, they have sliding doors and a private security guard outside haha. The menu was great too, really cheep and they have all kind of different food, even vegetarian hamburger, which I ate! And the decorations in that place is really funny too. :)

Finally in Tupiza! The busstation.

Finally in Tupiza! The busstation.

Ate lunch here, they had plenty of vegetarian food. But then when we walked around town we noticed that they are like 5 other restaurants that look the same that also serves vegetarian food! :) Great!

Ate lunch here, they had plenty of vegetarian food. But then when we walked around town we noticed that they are like 5 other restaurants that look the same that also serves vegetarian food! :) Great!

Uhhh.... Fresh. And people wonder why I'm vegetarian.

Uhhh…. Fresh. And people wonder why I’m vegetarian.

Having dinner at a really good place in Tupiza, called something the Antomos or something like that...

Having dinner at a really good place in Tupiza, called something the Antomos or something like that…

At night we were all dead and went back early to the hotel, I tried to skype with Duilio allthough the internet connection is really bad here so it was hanging up all the time. But still I told him that I had reservated an apartment for us in Santa Fe from the 15th of July, and he just couldn’t believe that, he was so happy to hear that and I was so happy to hear his voice all that happy :) Haha. It really felt great. Looking forward to it, less then a month left ;);)

So… soon time to leave for the Salt Flakes Tour! I’m actually a little bit excited about it, it feels good to have that feeling in the body again, excitement for traveling. :)

I’m so glad I’m doing this with Anne and not alone too. It feels good to have travel company :) We will be staying at basic lodges with no electricity or hot water... and at night it’s below freezing point.. uffuff. Maybe I should have bought another warm sweater.. I’m really something in between if I should or shouldn’t… Hopefully I don’t regret not buying one, haha. 

Anyhow.. I’ll be gone now for 4 days... See you next time in La Paz!

The pink route is our tour, the 4 day salt flakes tour. We are going to see some amazing things!

The pink route is our tour, the 4 day salt flakes tour. We are going to see some amazing things!

 

Sad goodbyes and new hellos – Santa fe and Salta

On Friday we were invited to have dinner at Kikas house, Duilios grandmother. It was sort of a reunion with the whole family to say goodbye for this time. I really like this family, they are funny and easy to hang with.  I was thinking that I probably have seen this family more than I’ve seen my family in the last year, haha. But I’m glad that I’m comfortable with my boyfriends family, hehe. I hope he feels the same when he meets mine…. Oh, by the way, yes we have decided that we now are a couple for real. After 5 months I think it’s quite ok ;) Haha. And it feels great. I’m so damn in love with him. I love every second with him and I’m proud of him all the time, I want to say “look everybody, this is myyyy boyfriend!!!”. I don’t think I ever have felt this way before.

The borgo-gonzalez family laughing their asses of haha

The borgo-gonzalez family laughing their asses of haha

Yesterday, Saturday, was our last day together and we spent the whole day in bed. Oh, it was a perfect day!!!  He brought breakfast to bed, we watched a couple of episodes of Dexter, had some ice cream in bed, watched some more episodes of Dexter etc. My bus was leaving at 20.00…. feels so weird in my heart. Still I’m wondering why the heck I am doing this for?? When I know that the only thing my heart wants is to be with him. I’m not happy with out him. But my head says I should keep on with my journey. I’ve been here for a month. So I will try to enjoy Bolivia and the last part of Peru and then come back to Santa Fe again. Already looking forward to it. Seriously. Haha.

The perfect afternoon - ice cream in bed!

The perfect afternoon – ice cream in bed!

Anyhow. Now I’m in Salta, I arrived around 12.30 today, so the trip took 16 hours and 30 minutes. The buses were more regular ones, a little better then the ones in Mexico – it was actually quite hot in the bus, and they had this semi-bed thing where you put down a thing for the feet so they are stretched out… SO much better. Still I tried to lay down on the both seats that I had, I alternated between 4 different postures during the whole night because I woke up of something hurting, I think I changed around 30 times.. but still I slept well between every time I woke up… hehe.

When I arrived I walked to my host Sebastians house, really close to the center and to the bus station. He lives in a reaaaally big house, I loose myself here! Haha. He was going to his parents house since today Sunday
it’s fathers day here in Argentina, so I joined him to his old neighbourhood Milagros. And the whole family was there, mother, father, the two brothers, the aunt, two cousins and two grandmothers.

My host Sebastian family (he is the green shirt at the right)

My host Sebastian family (he is the green shirt at the right)


They
made me feel so welcome, that I feel like a part of this family too! It reminded me of Duilios family, it’s the same sort of relaxed funny hang out. It’s usual that here in Argentina, the families have lunch together on Sundays. I think it’s really nice that they know each other that well, they are that comfortable that they sort of can say ANYTHING in front of each other, more like friends do, so they have fun and enjoy each others company.

It’s not like the family reunions in Sweden that everybody hates (It’s a very common thought that “släktträff” (family reunion in swedish ) is boring). There it’s more like everybody has to show how good and successful they or their children are, people are not that comfortable because they don’t know each other that well. My family isn’t really like that, but still we barely see each other more then for birthdays or Christmases even if almost all of us live within a 10 minutes distance from each other.  It would be nice to have it as a weekly thing, but it feels almost like an impossible thing to do, we wouldn’t find a time when everybody is available or up to it.

I think Swedes don’t really appreciate family the same way they do here, we are much more independent, the general thought about young people is sort of try to get away from your family and do something of your own, not to get together. Ugh, when I put these things down to words it strikes me as very harsh, but they are still true. And I realize why people se us Swedes as cold people. We really are different from not only south America but in Europe too. Argentina is much more alike Spain in all ways, almost almost the same.

Love the spanish and the argentinain flag together.. :)

Love the spanish and the argentinain flag together.. :)

Hmm.. what was I saying?
Oh yeah, about Salta. It’s a nice colonial town here : ) There are plenty of tourist attractions too. In the evening we went to an American market as they call it here, which is a second hand market, and I bought a pair of shorts for 20 pesos (4 USD). Then we went to the handicraft market they have every weekend here, loveeeely stuff here too. Wowowow. And cheap aswell! I bought two beautiful rings here, typical from Peru though. :) Haha. Then I tried the typical Alfajor from Salta (not as good as the ones from Santa Fe I must say) and we also had great tortilla (baked bread on a col-stove). It was a nice day.

Having tortillas in Salta from the local lady

Having tortillas in Salta from the local lady

Mercado artesanal in Salta

Mercado artesanal in Salta

Then we walked home through the main street and the main plaza, it’s really nice and calm atmosphere here. One thing that’s different here from Santa Fe, except for the dialect (yes, they are MUCH more easy to understand here!) is that the people generally have darker hair and darker skin here that I’ve seen in Santa Fe. Just to throw something out, I would say that in Santa Fe, around 70% look like white Europeans, but here in Salta, around 30% does.  At least that’s my guess from today. My guess is that since this is pretty close to Bolivia, more Bolivian people have come here to work and create families over the years, while Santa Fe has remained intact since the European came there to work and create families a couple of hundred years ago. Haha.

The San Francisco church, a little unusual to have a pink one!

The San Francisco church, a little unusual to have a pink one!

Today I went to the archeological museum, but it was closed. Damn it, I really wanted to go there, they have mummies and stuff and they say it’s really worth a visit. Apparently it’s a festive day today here in Salta, so a lot of stores and stuff are closed.  There are a few things going on today in town, a parade of horses and farmers from the Salta-area and at night there are some other celebrations.
I walked around town, visited the San Francisco church (yes, there is one in every town here in South America, haha!) and the cathedral. After that I took the teleferico up to the Cerro San Bernardo, which has a good sight over the whole town of Salta.

The teleferic

The teleferic

Cascades in the top of the cerro san bernardo

Cascades in the top of the cerro san bernardo

I went to the bus station to check the schedules for buses leaving to Bolivia, and there’s one bus that leaves at 22.30 tonight and another 01.30 tomorrow night. I really don’t know what to do. I’m really split. I sort of feel I could stay one more day because I haven’t really been able to hang that much with my host, and I haven’t seen that museum or done any other tour, but I also really want to hurry my trip up. Today I’ve felt so bad, I think I’m depressed. It was so long time ago I had this feeling inside of me, it’s eating me up, I’m not happy at all and I just want to cry my heart out. I don’t think I’ll be able to do my 1-month volunteer-thing in Bolivia. I might be there one week instead and work with monkeys instead of pumas then (to work with the cat-animals you have to be there for a month at least). I just can’t be away for 2 months. I can’t stand it. I’m so damn close to just turn around and go back too.. but I have already paid for a jungle-tour in Puerto Maldonaldo in Peru so I feel like I need to use it since it was quite expensive, and I do want to see Salar de Uyuni…So I’ll do this quick. I hope it’s worth it. Then I’m done. I was happy with my everyday life in Santa Fe together with Duilio, training and doing my bracelets. I just want to go back to that, being happy and being with the love of my life.

P.S Now when I’m uploading this I’m at the hostal were my host works and I’m having a good time and feeling better then I did earlier today. It’s much better to talk to people and do stuff! I’ve learnt to do a new bracelet too from Belen, it’s so nice!!!

Dinner with my host Sebastian!

Dinner with my host Sebastian!

P.S 2. I stayed another day here too, I’ve changed my plans for Bolivia. I will go directly to Uyuni now instead, taking the train from Villazon. Today I also went to the Maam museum. :)

An old mummy in the Maam museum

An old mummy in the Maam museum

Before I forget, I would also like to put in a small dictionary here with some words we have different here… I remember a couple of days ago when Claudia said something like “Llevas el cancan para que no te se vea la bombacha cuando lleves la pollera!” and I was like HUH?!

Argentinian – Spanish dictionary    (English)

Bombacha – bragas (panties)

Pollera – falda (skirt)

Cancan – Medias (stockings/leggings)

Polainas – calentadores (leg warmers)

Medias – calcetines (socks)
Lentes – gafas (glasses)
Canilla – grifo (tap)
Campera – chaqueta (jacket)
Buzo – hoodie con capucha (hoodie with hoodie)
Canguro – hoodie sin capucha (hoodie without hoodie)
Bremer – camisa de manga larga (pullover)
Remera – camiseta (t-shirt)
Pileta – piscina (pool)
Bermuda/Maya – bañador (bathing suite)
Pieza – habitacion (room)
Piso – suelo (floor)
Choclo – maiz (corn)
Arvejas – guisantes (peas)
Poroto – alubias (white beans)
Zapatillas – bambas (sport shoes)
Pantuflas – zapatillas (slippers)
Toallitas femeninas – compresas (hmmm…)
Antro – bar/pub
Boliche – disco/club
Parlantes – alta voces (speakers)
Paba – tetera (tea pot)
Cola – culo  (ass)
Piba – chica (girl)
Mina –  chica (girl)
Pibe – chico (boy)
Vago – chico (boy)
Varon – chico/hombre (boy/man)
Re-(bien, frio) – muy/mucho (bien/frio) (very)
Esta bárbaro – esta muy bueno/bonito (really good)
Jeans – vaqueros (jeans)
Sanwish – bocadillo (sandwich)
Estacionar – aparcar (to park)
Playa de estacionamiento – parking
Manejar – conducir (drive)
Auto – coche (car)
Colectivo – autobus (bus)
Remis – taxi (cab)
Concha, cajeta, papo – vagina
Verga, chota, poronga – pene (penis)
Cojer, garchar – follar (fuck)
Forro – condon (condom)

Last week in Santa Fe, Argentina

Hello again..

My last post from Santa Fe. I was originally supposed to leave 29th of may, I had my flight back to Cuzco… but I just couldn’t do that, and I really didn’t wanted to either. I decided to stay a couple of more weeks, and then instead of flying to Cuzco, take the bus from here to Bolivia and make the trip backwards of what I had planned.. :) He he! 

Last Friday we had dinner at Duilios parents house, Claudia picked me up here and then we went to pick her sister Lorena up, so I got to meet her and her daughter, son and husband later. So now I’ve met everybody. They are so funny too.. it really reminds me of my family in Spain, big and chatty :) And they have all made me feel sooooo welcome!! And I’ve recieved a gift from the other grandmother Kika this time, and another sweater from Claudia. I’m getting so spoiled here! Next time when I get back here after Bolivia and Peru, I will bring plenty of thing to give them!

Me, Kika, Claudia and Lorena.. And I'm the swedish one?? Haha. I'm the darkest one!

Me, Kika, Claudia and Lorena.. And I’m the swedish one?? Haha. I’m the darkest one!

Three generation of couples ;) Grandparents, parents and us :)

Three generation of couples ;) Grandparents, parents and us :)

At Duilios house with his aunt and her son :)

At Duilios house with his aunt and her son :)

On Saturday we went out on a small sightseeing tour with the boat ”Catamaran”. Santa Fe is surrounded by rivers and small islands. It’s totally different from the city, reminds me a little of the river between Guatemala and Mexico, hehe. It was a nice tour, went really fast though. After that we drove to Parana, a nearby city. They had a beautiful costanera, the walk along the river. We ate our empanadas that Claudia had packed for us the day before :)

At the catamaran, a boat through the rivers in Santa Fe

At the catamaran, a boat through the rivers in Santa Fe

 

The argentinian flag

The argentinian flag

Having empanadas by the river in Parana

Having empanadas by the river in Parana

 

At night we went out dancing on a club here, celebrating Sebastians birthday. Reaaaaally different atmosphere here from everywhere else I have been!! I guess it’s a little bit more european, but we are a lot more drunk and have a lot more fun then they have here. Here everyone is dressed up to their teeth, classy and sofisticated, just looking good on the dancefloor and searching for someone to pick up! A classic meat market! Haha.. in the other countries I’ve visited here in south america, people mainly go out to dance. In sweden people mostly go out to hang out with their friends. And here it’s to find a one night stand. I say mainly, I mean, of course in Sweden people also go out to dance and to flirt, but the most important is to hang out with your friends, since ”going out” usually is the way of hanging out nowadays.

The group picture of the guys :)

The group picture of the guys :)

Anyhow!

On sunday we went out for a long walk around the city and we also visited a handcraft market that only was open this weekend. SO MUCH NiCE THINGS THERE! And really cheep too!!!! We were both so surprised that it was that cheap! We didn’t get so much, but I bought my first own mate! Yep… I’m slowly converting into an Argentinian… haha!

Good morning with my new mate (the cup) and the matching bombilla! (the straw)

Good morning with my new mate (the cup) and the matching bombilla! (the straw)

Also the climate here has really changed now.. when I first got here it was really cold, like 13-15 degrees… now it’s like 25 degrees! Summertime for us Swedes (but it’s winter here, haha). And there’s so much humidity here!! I thought they had cleaned the streets because they were all wet, but no, it’s the humidity..!

So before I forget about it, I want to comment about the trash cans they have here in Santa Fe, I’ve laughed so much at them. The ones that are every where around the city looks like bird cages, they are baskets in different sizes and high up on poles without any bags or anything… haha. I can barely reach them! And then while walking around, I found another kind of garbage can, where you separate the garbage depending if it’s wet or dry. And it’s sooo small!! And then the last one, which I wasn’t sure about because I thought it was a mailbox at first, so I didn’t dare to throw my banana peel there the first times haha. Such a small opening, you can’t throw a can in there for example.

The carbage cans here are so funny! They are like bird baskets and so high up!

The carbage cans here are so funny! They are like bird cages and so high up!

Another funny garbage can.. rally big!  Haha. It also says like "dry garbage" and "wet garbage"....

Another funny garbage can.. really big, almost fits a half 2L pet bottle! Haha. It also says like ”dry garbage” and ”wet garbage”….

The third kind of garbage can here, this one looks like a mailbox!

The third kind of garbage can here, this one looks like a mailbox!

And another thing I think is funny at every supermarket:

This is  a thing I have seen everywhere here in south america - the milk and the yoghurt are in BAGS! Because they have this special beakers at home where they put it in.

This is a thing I have seen everywhere here in south america – the milk and the yoghurt are in BAGS! Because they have this special beakers at home where they put it in.

Well.. not much more to say. We have changed apartment now, because we only had the other one until wednesday, and it was booked for this last days.. Duilio wanted to have a day home to say Good bye.. so we got another apartment from the same girl a little bit further away from the city center, a stones’ throw from Parque sur where we hang out and I go jogging around :)

Hanging out in parque del sur

Hanging out in parque del sur

I love our bathroom in the new appartment! So cute! Love the tile!

I love our bathroom in the new appartment! So cute! Love the tile and the mirror!

My workshop at our new apartment :)

My workshop at our new apartment :)

And it’s so much bigger, we have 3 bedrooms! Haha. But it feels a little weird, the other one really felt like ”our” apartment..  Anyhow.. I’m leaving tomorrow saturday…. It sort of hurts my heart but this time I feel like I can do it, compared to 2 weeks ago when I was supposed to leave.. I really wasn’t ready then. Now I’ll be gone for like 2 months before coming back here again :) 

My everyday life in Santa Fe, Argentina

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.

Our appartment!

Our appartment!

Our balcony and our view!

Our balcony and our view!

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 : )

These trees are everywhere!  They are called "borrachos" which mean "drunks" because they look like a bottle.. hehe.

These trees are everywhere! They are called ”borrachos” which mean ”drunks” because they look like a bottle.. hehe.

At the old train station. There are no trains here anymore.

At the old train station. There are no trains here anymore.

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!

Eating lovely pie that Claudia gave us :) And that's also the sweater she baught me. :)

Eating lovely pie that Claudia gave us :) And that’s also the sweater she bought me. :)

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.

Fixing the ravioli-thing! Yep...I had never boiled fresh ones before.. haha.

Fixing the ravioli-thing! Yep…I had never boiled fresh ones before.. haha.

Lunch at our apartment with Luciano and Dana

Lunch at our apartment with Luciano and Dana

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!! : )

Acrame bracelets... not that easy!!!

Acrame bracelets… not that easy!!!

Another kind of bracelets... :)

Another kind of bracelets… :)

Panorama from our balcony

Panorama from our balcony

Dinnertime!

Dinnertime!

I love you!

I love you!

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??

The borgo family with girlfriends :) Luciano, Jorge, Dana, Claudia, Lautaro, Me and Duilio.

The borgo family with girlfriends :) Luciano, Jorge, Dana, Claudia, Lautaro, Me and Duilio.

Fika-time! Duilios parents and grandparents. They look serious but are usually not, haha :)

Fika-time! Duilios parents and grandparents. They look serious but are usually not, haha :)

The costanera in Santa Fe

The costanera in Santa Fe

Chilling at the Costanera

Chilling at the Costanera

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. :) 

:)

Me, Duilio and German

Group picture!

Group picture with the Santo Tome-gang and girlfriends !

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.. : )

At the mall after the cinemas... I think he is gorgeous?? I brought the pullover from Peru :)

At the mall… Isn’t he gorgeous?? The pullover is from Peru :)

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!