Published: July 31st 2011July 31st 2011
Hola everyone! sorry its been awhile since ive written, trying to get my bearings on the city and i'm finally feeling more comfortable and have successfully figured out how to lock and unlock my front gate, which was a big feat for me! We have been having lots of orientations and then lots of free time this last week. We spent the afternoon picking clasess and are able to go to both the public university "Universidad Nacional De Cuyo" or the private school "Universidad Congreso" where we have a 2 week shopping period that the other students don't have that allows us to take up to 10 classes and choose which classes we like, what teachers we can understand, etc. This is going to be a lifesaver i think, but also going to make the first 2 weeks beyond stressful and confusing! We start our "Castellano" (Espanol) classes on monday, so will have a full week of that before we start our university classes which will be really helpful! At our last orientation on Friday they gave us "Madrinos" and "Padrinos" who are students attending the University of Congreso and will help us with pretty much anything we need, including taking
us for a good party, my padrino is Nicolas and he is really great and upbeat and wanting to help us with everything. At that same orientation we had teachers of the tango and folklore dance classes at the university who put on a show for us and taught us the basic moves of tango, its a really beautiful dance but i have very little rhythm to learn that complicated of a dance! (currently signed up for a tango class, not sure ill end up taking it though...) In my small group we have have 2 kids from Bogota, Colombia, and one from Tijuana, Mexico. Jorge is from Mexico and is such a great guy, made me feel so much better about my spanish and he has an apartment in the center of town so i think ill be going there a lot for "Previa" or pre game before we go to the bars. Speaking of going out, It was finally the weekend and time for the real party to start here, people go outn thursday, friday, and saturday here so we all went out thursday after a long week of no parties... A group of us went to a
boliche named Por Aca and had drinks, i had the best Pisco Sours (the drink of Chile) and hung out for a while just drinking and chatting. Then we noticed everyone heading downstairs to the dance floor, a small group of us went down and danced for hours! it was soo fun and given the forcefulness of hte guys here I was so surprised I was able to dance alone for the whole night!! But it was so great, they played a mix of reaggaton with other spanish music and some classic american music that got everyone going! We went home around 4:30, early by everyone heres standards (I could have stayed to the 6 or 7 closing hour if i could have) Friday night i didnt go out because it is beyond freezing here, snow showers in the forcast, and was too cozy and warm next to the fire watching horror movies with my family (they are obsesses with horror movies) Last night a small group of us girls met at a beer bar and casually drank some great beers for a while before heading over to a club to dance and drink some more, but the guys here
are becoming too much for me to handle and my blood was beyond boiling last night from all the catcalls. Here they make these awful kissing noises at you and they come from all directions at all times when your walking. They also honk at you from their cars which scares the shit out of me when im walking, but worst of all is the staring! Last night we were at this casual bar just drinking and this table of old drunk men were next to us, this one man would not stop staring at me, i mean it was so obvious and creepy and there is nothing you can do to get them to stop! So after literally 20 min of blatent, non ending staring, I turned to him and gave him a dirty look and asked him what he was looking at, he then proceeded to hand my his freaking business card, as if that was supposed to mean i was interested!? I told him no, I do not want your card and refused to take it, then about 5 min later he handed the card to my friend and told her i needed to just read it,
so I took it and it said "If you need help learning Mendoza, call me" in english. I was so mad that he wasn't getting that i obviously wasn't interested, so I threw the card at him and said no, again! he continued to stare at me for the rest of the time until we could flag our waitress to get the bill. As we were walking the guys continued to cat call and make kissing noises and seriously i was so close to going over and kicking them in hte balls. The program directer and everyone tells us this is part of the culture here and will just get used to it, but thats bullshit that making girls feel beyond uncomfortable like that is a part of their culture, I don't think i will ever get used to it, and i shouldn't have to! My blood is boiling just writing about it, and I have friends here who are too uncomfortable to even go for a fun because they can hear the guys over their Ipods yelling and kissing at them! I guess its a good thing that this is my biggest problem and concern right now, since it
could be a whole lot worse!! Well other then the major cold front coming through, everything has been great! really looking forward to it warming up a bit so we can take more trips up to hte mountains and explore the region more! Love Love!!
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