1556hrs, Buenos Aires
Breakfast was simple, nothing fancy, just bread and different spreads of jams. One particular spread looked like kaya at first glance but tasted thicker and stickier, sort of like caramel and honey. It’s a local delicacy of sorts called ‘Dulce de leche’ which means sweet milk according to Wikipedia. I think kaya blows this out of the water in terms of both taste and texture in my opinion.
Liz and Beatrice accompanied Justin and I to school via the subway this morning. After this morning’s subway ride, I daresay I am thankful that Malaysian trains are air conditioned. The train line we took was supposed to be one of the oldest in B.A. and for good reason, the train looked like it wouldn’t be able to make it through the day with its creaky doors and battered wooden interior. The benches were made out of wood as well. It looked like it could be a glamorous carriage, carrying high profile aristocrats off for brunch or afternoon tea, sort of like the kind of trains that have been converted into fancy travelling restaurants with those dimly lit bubble lights and mahogany benches and tables. If only you took out the masses of commuters, the smell of the tunnel pouring through the windows without its glass or the humid and stifling air around you, then maybe I could imagine myself in a more glamorous scenario. Also the people moving in and out of the train seemed to be so anxious to get out, that they open the doors while the train is still moving to a halt at the stations! Maybe they just really want to get out of the train fast. Pushing and shoving in and out of the trains is no surprise. I am just worried someone will get pushed off while another person opens the door to get out. Scary stuff.
The feeling of anxiety and caution suddenly hit me a little more today. It seemed that every person we talked to would tell us to be careful of our belongings especially to my mate Justin whom very casually but carefully, was carrying his huge DSLR with him. It really attracted a lot of attention from people telling us to be careful. I guess maybe all the negativity towards holding a camera in the open had dampened Justin’s drive to take pictures today. I also found myself clutching my belongings more tightly and constantly checking the zippers on my bag the entire day.
Classes at the language school only started at 10, so we were there really early. After a lengthy chat, and a couple Mate’s, which is another of Argentina’s to do list, we finally started our classes. And I naively thought learning a language would be easy. I don’t think I got much out of the first class. I was truly confused and trying my best to remember the estas and ellas. Really have gotta step up the game over the next few days. My goal is at least be able to converse and understand a few basic practical sentences.
We couldn’t really do much during the day as it started raining so we just cooped ourselves up at home. I couldn’t really sleep even though my eyes could barely focus anymore. So I thought id just lounge around outside with Helen whilst just getting to know each other. Wouldn’t you know it, she was from Melbourne and had just graduated! Australia really is quite small come to think of it.
After a 3 course meal which I wasn’t really expecting, we finished our homework for the day, and I finally called it a night. I slept like a rock. Finally. Pictures will be up soon. Now next thing to do is to get some laxative for myself.