Our trip started with a bang! The adventures in Puerto Natales and El Calafate were amazing, and we were super lucky to start the trip with Sol and Travis. Right now it feels like this trip could be almost a normal vacation for us. The days have been filled with activities, and we’ve moved around to three different locations in ten days. We’ve done two-week trips like this before, trying to see as much as possible in a short period of time and we’ve even done them with friends, so in some ways this is a “normal” trip.
A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.Sign in a hostel… actually by Tim Cahill
Alas, all good things must come to an end, Sol and Travis are leaving us :`-( This is our first time doing a vacation with Sol and Travis, and I must say we’d happily do it again. Without them we’re about to shift into a new mode of travel. We’re settling in for the next few months in South America and this is where the new adventure starts.
We’ve got a full week here in Buenos Aires and we’re starting school!! Spanish school is from 10 AM to 1PM every day this week. Eric has had a rigorous three-pronged learning regimen to get started till this point: the Duolingo app, asking Jess silly questions in bad Spanish, and watching the Spanish soap opera Gran Hotel (highly recommended). Despite this approach, he will be taking beginner classes. Jess is taking a more advanced class to kick start her re-entry and because she loves learning languages.
We met the coordinator of the program for a short interview/test, to see if we were signing up for the correct level. The classes are on the 3rd floor of a totally nondescript building only a few blocks from our AirBnB. As soon as we stepped inside the test began. “Hola, ¿cómo estás?” he said as we entered, looking expectantly at us, watching for how we responded. Then the interview was really just 15 minutes of chatting, and he was a really fun person to talk with.
So, that’s it: we’re on our own and the adventure continues, with a school day tomorrow.