Somehow, almost three weeks have passed sans a single entry! It’s certainly not for lack of interesting things we’ve been seeing and doing and thinking about, but a serious lack of motivation and limited computer resources between my internship and Tyler’s Spanish studies.
Here is a link to photos from a few weeks ago when we went to the Recoleta Cemetery, where all the famous Argentine are laid to rest. Tyler went on a tour with his Spanish class and later took me back to share what he could remember/understand. It’s a beautiful place with lots of cats and really cool-looking sepulchers, many from Italian designs. There was also a brewery nearby that we went to (of course) and later that week we went to a show called Fuerza Bruta, which is an amazing and unique sort of post-modern interactive art/theater experience.
Here is a link to photos from this past week when I went to the MALBA (Argentine Museum of Modern Art), when Tyler and I went to Tigre for a day, a town just outside of Buenos Aires on the river delta, pictures from last Saturday when almost all the museums and cultural centers in the city were open to 3 a.m., free, and had special events going on – we went to a few near our house: an astronomy place and the Museum of Natural History. Finally, there are also pictures from a field trip with Tyler’s Spanish class went on yesterday that I tagged along with, of Plaza Congreso and the Palacio Barolo, which was designed by an Italian architect to be a sort of mausoleum to Dante. Comments on the photos will, of course, give more details and humorous comments.
Other than our occasional sightseeing and getting to know the city, our daily routine goes something like this:
9 a.m.: Sharon gets up, gets ready
9:30 a.m.: Sharon drags Tyler out of bed for breakfast, which usually consists of instant coffee, some sort of pastry, usually slathered with dulce de leche, dried out toasts, crackers, and a variety of cookies.
10:30 a.m.: Sharon leaves for her internship in San Nicholas, in the center of downtown
10:30 – 12:30 p.m.: Tyler does whatever Tyler does before he leaves for class…showers? cleans the room? plays guitar? Spanish homework? Only Tyler knows.
1-4 p.m.: Tyler’s in Spanish class, Sharon’s still interning…
4:30 p.m.: We usually get home, around the same time.
4:30 – 8 p.m.: Various thrilling things might take place: maybe we’ll buy cheap vegetables down the street or go to the grocery store, maybe I’ll buy ice cream from the grumpy lady next door, maybe we’ll go to happy hour at Antares and eat delicious fries and beers, maybe Sharon will pass out while Tyler does flashcards and plays WoW…
8 – 9 p.m.: Dinner, usually something frozen that’s been re-heated, with a fresh salad to appease me. Sometimes, we’ll have a treat of choripan or empanadas, or morcilla (blood sausage)…
9 p.m. – ?: If we were cool, we’d go out and party, but usually, I read books while Tyler studies, or we watch movies; Tyler is acquiring a growing library of Spanish movies with painstakingly acquired Spanish subtitles…
And, repeat Monday-Thursday for Sharon, who has Friday’s off, where I generally nothing productive, and Monday-Friday for Tyler. Weekends are a gamble.
So far my internship is very up and down; some days are good, some not so good, I have a character of a boss but overall it’s an interesting experience. The organization does very cool work to educate young people and get them involved and active in democracy, and they have offices all over the country, so the work is interesting. I’ve most tagged along to a few events (presentation by students on service-learning projects, press conference about a youth summit coming up, seminar on mother-infant nutrition), researched people and organizations at the events, and worked on a bit of program coordination for an event coming up next weekend. It’s been interesting seeing how an office is run here and getting to know the other interns. But more on that later.
Final bit of news: today we’re off to Iguazú to see the infamous waterfalls (“Paradise Falls” in the movie UP, also seen in the latest Indiana Jones flick), so we should have more pictures and stories to tell when we get back on Tuesday.
Chau for now,
Sharon and Tyler