Hi there just got informed that I will be receiving my money for the testing days I did with the marketing company tomorrow. I also have a job interview Monday for web content editor, so cross your fingers or sacrifice a chicken in hopes that I find employment soon. The marketing company still has not made their decision yet, so put in a good word for me on that one, too. This week I gained two more English students, one chick who studies anthropology at the Universidad Nacional and some random dude who just wants to get more “edumacated”. I’m happy with how life is flowin’ so far, but being away makes me miss my friends and a few places, sights, and smells back in California. I don’t miss my parents too much because I know they are doing fine. Aside from all the great stuff Argentina has, my nostalgia for LA and SF (where I spent 4 years of my life studying at San Francisco State University) makes me realize the minor details that it lacks.
Entonces, here are some lists that I’m glad I brought with me, stuff I miss, and stuff from here that I really enjoy.
STUFF I’M GLAD I PACKED
1. My selection of semi-business casual clothes that can be dressed down with a pair of jeans: I brought the basics as well as some cute tops from various sales at Urban Outfitters and other stores that are usually out of reach of my spending power. Here in Cordoba the fashion choices are limited. Every gal wears the same leather boots with the same jeans and top. Most of the clothes are expensive; some stores charge Banana Republic prices for Forever 21 quality. There are wholesale shops on calle San Martin, but they all sell the same junk.
2. My Ipod Touch: This was a gift to replace the original Ipod I had, but was stolen in Ecuador last year. It’s a great gym companion and I can use it to Skype, and take pictures. I lost my camera this year in Mexico 😦
3. Pics of friends back home and my parents: Self explanatory, most of them are from my freshmen year at SFSU.
4. My dressy accessories: I’m not much of a posh person, so don’t think I own Cartier or diamonds or any of that jazz, but a few shiny studs or some colorful feather earrings can add flair to any boring black outfit, or for making a butchy outfit more girly. Sadly, I find most of my outfits inch towards the former. Jeans and a t shirt is not my look.
5. Computer! Duh!!! Otherwise I’d waste my pesos at the internet cafe.
6. My makeup “All I Ever Wanted” kit from Urban Outfitters: It has all the eyeshadow colors in the rainbow. I watch youtube makeup tutorials for ideas. Great for going out.
7. My knitting needles: So I can make some quick accessories. They’re not heavy and don’t take up too much luggage space.
8. My high school and university transcripts: Something tells me this will be useful for employment/legal purposes.
9. Baby wipes by Kleenex Cottonelle: Farmacity sells baby wipes, but they do not carry the Kleenex brand, which are flushable and have a nice scent. I use them for stain removal and cleaning my hands when there is no soap and water.
STUFF I’M GLAD I FOUND HERE IN CORDOBA
1. Alfajores! My favorite are the Aguila dark chocolate with dulce de leche and Oreo. It is a chocolate dream come true, alfajores are like little round portable cakes but creamier.
2. Facturas: My favorite is the bola de fraile, a baked puff filled with custard or dulce de leche in the middle.
3. Mercado Norte: A great outdoor market for all the necessities such as fresh fruits and veggies. Here I have found some huge avocados with which to make guacamole.
4. Olives from San Marcos Sierras, a hippie pueblo that produces the best honey and olives. I can go through a jar of olives in a week.
5. Low cost allergy medicine: I stopped taking allergy meds back in the States, but here I can get 20 pills for $5, a steal!
6. Chimichurri: Hernan makes the best chimichurri, with garlic, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, and ground aji. We put it on everything.
7. Free tango classes: Hernan and I go every Tuesday. The instructor also teaches folklor.
8. The numerous bijouteries near Plaza San Martin: For when you feel the urge to make yourself a beaded necklace or some earrings.
Anyone who knows me probably knows I miss burritos and pupusas. I also miss the beach now that it’s starting to warm up on this side of the equator. Well, that’s all for now. Have a great Thursday.