Para Kevin

Hola Kevin!

¿Que tal? ¿Todo bien en Arizona?  Espero que el año Nuevo te lleve contento, buena salud y prosperidad.

IMG_00574Creo que las experiencas en Argentina tuyas eran diferentes a las mías. En primero tú viajaste acá y estoy conociendo sólo Bariloche y los alrededores (y un poco de Chile). En segundo tú viviste en Buenos Aires lo cual es masivamente diferente de Bariloche. Por ejemplo el clima de verano en Bariloche es templado mientras que en B.A. un oso polar al zoo se murio de madrugada de la Navidad a causa del calor inaguantable. También B.A. es una cuidad bastante enorme cuyos problemas son de dimensiones iguales. Despues de llegar en Argentina sabemos de dos apagónes extensos, dos inundaciónes grandes, y un saqueo alrededor del obelisco con daños importantes cometieron para los hinchas de Boca en el día 12.12.12 (hay once jugadores en un equipo de fútbol y los fans se consideron el doceava). Bueno fueron saqueos en Bariloche también…

¿Sabes que en enero los residents y los turistas en B.A. no van tener acceso a la linea A de subte por lo menos una quincena y por un plazo que puede llegar hasta los 60 días? Los 95 coches de madera serían remplazados por 45 vagones nuevos y 25 o 30 coches usados. Nadie puede argumentar que es una mala idea. ¡Pero imagina la cuidad sin una linea de subte importante!

En B.A. hay arquitectura interesante, museos, restaurantes y otras cosas que nos gustan. Pero estamos contentos en Bariloche.

Creo que hacer este ejercicio era bueno para mi. Capaz lo hacería otra vez!

¡Hasta luego!

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Hi Kevin,

How are you? How’s everything in Arizona? I hope that the new year brings you contentment, good health and prosperity.

I think that your experiences in Argentina were different than mine. First, you traveled while here and I am only getting to know Bariloche and the surrounding area (and a little bit of Chile). Second, you lived in Buenos Aires, which is vastly different from Bariloche. For example, the summer climate in Bariloche is mild whereas in B.A. a polar bear at the zoo died in the middle of Christmas night because of the unbearable heat. B.A. is also an enormous city with big city problems. Since arriving in Argentina we’ve heard about two large-scale power outages, two big floods, and Boca soccer team fans getting out of control and causing significant damage around the obelisk on 12.12.12 (there are 11 players on a soccer team and the fans consider themselves a 12th player). Okay, there was looting here, too.

Have you heard that in January residents and tourists in B.A. won’t have access to the A subway line for at least two weeks and possibly as long as two months? Ninety-five 100-year-old wooden subway cars are going to be replaced by 45 brand new cars and 25 or 30 used cars. No one can argue that it’s a bad idea. But imagine the city without an important subway line!

Buenos Aires has interesting architecture, museums, restaurants and other things that we like, but we are happy in Bariloche.

I think that this exercise was good for me. Maybe I’ll do it again sometime!

Talk to you later!

3 thoughts on “Para Kevin

  1. Kevin

    Thank you for the blog post just for me, Ellen! I ever do enjoy reading your entries. I especially love your use of multimedia.

    All is well in Arizona. Wintertime is the best time of the year here. The new year has brought me a lot of work, though.

    I share your frustration learning and practicing Spanish. I know it can be exhausting, which is one reason I’m not replying in it as I should be right now!

    Yes, I did do quite a bit of traveling in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and other countries. But I made a point to spend as much time in Buenos Aires as possible for the reason you already pointed out: there’s so much to do there.

    I remember those rickety wooden subte cars. They were historic but sure miserable to ride in. The air conditioning, I think, was a few fans. It can get quite humid in B.A.

    I also remember subte workers occasionally going on strike. The buses were especially packed those days and everyone was late. That’ll be the case when the A line is out.

    Power outages, floods and sports fanatics? Sounds like things haven’t changed.

    I’d think your experience in Bariloche is a much more personal one. I know you’re getting to know people, culture and language in an intense and immersive way. In a city of 12 million like B.A., that’s not always easy to do.

    Thank you again for sharing your experience online. I read every word! I shall write you more later.

    Kevin

    Reply
    1. ellentveit Post author

      Thanks, Kevin. Although the blog is partly a travel diary for myself, it really pleases me to know that other people are reading and enjoying it. When I look back over our time here I think we have penetrated the local community a little. The credit goes to Pete, who speaks really well and isn’t afraid to talk to people, and to Lou, who has opened so many doors for us. The other day I got a pedicure and told the woman that I thought people in Bariloche were really nice. She was pleasantly surprised because she said Barilochenses have a reputation among people from other parts of Argentina as being “cerrado.” When I reported this to my current teacher, who is from Mar del Plata, she said it was true. Basically, it’s the same rap Minnesotans (and maybe Wisconsinites) get: we’re nice, but we don’t easily accept new people into our well-established social circles. That’s the kind of thing that I love to find out, even if I learn it from “the outside.”

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