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Published: August 9th 2007
Been in BA (as the locals seem to call it) for 2 days now. 2 very rainy days!! The rain started as soon as I left El Calafate in fact... a surprise - the plane went via Ushuaia on the way (well actually very out of the way) to BA - the most southerly town on the planet. I´d heard lots of good things about the place from fellow travellers so in a way it was a shame to be just passing through... however it turned out to be pouring with rain at the end of the earth (as I suspect it often does) so was actually glad to be on the plane. Well the plane journey was a fun five hours cooped up on the worst-seat-on-the-plane... a double-whammy: the seat right next to the only economy class toilet, and the seat on the row with no window. Fun fun... fortunately the people in the 2nd and 3rd worst seats on the plane respectively were a middle aged couple with good english and also a sense of humour, so it actually passed quite quickly. Had some brief glimpses of downtown BA as we landed but that´s about it. My advice (and from the argentinians next to me) - never fly Aerolineas Argentinas, they´re crap!
After a one hour local bus journey dropped me precisely where I´ve no idea in a part of BA best never visited, I decided to hop in a taxi and made it to my ´homestay´. I use that term in the loosest sense, since it´s more of a kibbutz of foreign students living with an old lady and her two daughters. Still, it seems like it might be fun for two weeks. The apartment building is pretty old, high ceilings, and lots of weird partitioned bedrooms. My bedroom has semi-transparent doors (oh great) and is very bijou,,, but nice at least to have my own room, even if the a) mosquitoes, b) lightining storms, c) neighbours all try their hardest to wake me up at every opportunity.
Ok well it turns out that of the people staying in the homestay, only one is at the same school as me,,, an Indian girl called Kudrat, who bizarrely enough also has been living in Oxford. So we´ve been walking in to school together (getting wet) and studying together. She could talk the hindlegs off a donkey (and i´m sure will one day), but she´s fun. The school is fine,,, teacher very nice and classes small, just 3 off us! So no complaints there. Think my spanish is already improving (mass injection of vocabulary needed however).
Well there´s only one sour note so far... the mama of the house i´m staying in has tried to rip me off big time with dinner fees. So i´ve opted out. I also found out i´m paying a fair bit more than some others in the house... so in other words I don´t trust this woman at all. To be honest she´s a bit of a floosy type, but i won´t fall for her seductive techniques fear not!! Anyway we´re not talking big amounts of money in any case so will try not to let it get to me.
Right,, hoping the rain will clear and i can explore BA some more! My piccies:
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