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Buenos Aires es muy Divertido con Marcela y Fernando!

Posted by Christy in Posts on 03 22nd, 2011

We had yet another fantastic CouchSurfing experience, this time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Meet Fernando and Marcela, a young and energetic couple new to the CouchSurfing community. We were their first guests, and my god, was their hospitality amazing!

They took us to a party to meet their friends, a Tangaria and on a tour of the city! It doesn’t get much better than that in the world of CS.

(This is the Casa Rosada, the Argentinian version of the White House)

(La Boca, the poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires)

This is Aaron and I attempting to tango, by the way. As evidenced in the video, we were not very good.

One of the best parts of CSing in Argentina was getting to practice our Spanish. Fernando and Marcela were very good with their English, however, we tried to speak Spanish with them as much as possible. By the end of the weekend, we had gotten considerably better, but still a long way off from being fluent.

We have decided that we wanted to keep pursuing the Spanish language as much as possible when we get back to the States. I don’t know if I have mentioned this in previous posts, but as we have traveled, I have realized how pathetic we are as Americans for not being fluent any another languages. Some people we have met are fluent in 3, 4, 5 languages, let alone 2, and I think as a nation we really need to step up to the plate a little bit. After all, as more and more Hispanics move into the country, we are going to have to communicate with these people, whether we want to or not.

Adios, y gracias por leer!

Wait…It has been 17 Days?!

Posted by Christy in Posts on 09 26th, 2010

Welcome to Petra Camp, our new home away from home!

We were originally supposed to stay for only 5 days… which turned into 7 days… which turned into 10 days… which turned into “What the hell? Let’s just stay here until we have to go to Israel!”

By the time we checked out, we had been at the camp 17 days, and had made some great friends.

Another great thing about the camp is that it was very cost-friendly. We stayed in a hut (without AC) for about $8 a night, and then we had the same breakfast every morning for about $4 and dinner for about $12. We averaged out to about $30 a day (we purchased water and snacks throughout the day as well), which fit in very nicely with our budget!

Our days spent at Petra Camp were all very similar. Here was our agenda:

10 AM – Wake up, take a shower

11 AM – Eat breakfast

11:30 AM – 3 PM – Sleep or read in the hammocks by the ocean

3 PM – Snorkel or swim in the ocean

4:30 PM – Take a nap or relax after swim

7 PM – Eat dinner

8 PM – Play cards, watch movies, or play pool with our new friends

12 AM – Go to sleep

There was sometimes a hike up the mountain, a boat ride with our new friend Bart, or a bike ride around town mixed in there as well.

As some of you may know, I have some anxiety issues and idle time usually doesn’t suit me well. I have to be doing something at all times, or at least have access to the Internet, to keep my mind pre-occupied, or I go crazy with my general worries. But at Petra Camp, I could do nothing except just sit, and I was completely calm. I don’t know if it was just the place, or if I have changed during my trip, but I can tell you I have never been so relaxed in my life.

I would like to end my post with a video of one of our new friends, Achmed, teaching me a Bedouin dance. As you can see, it didn’t go well.

The Hills are Alive!

Posted by Christy in Posts on 08 2nd, 2010

Welcome to Salzburg, a picturesque Austrian town that every grandmother is sure to love. Infamous for being the setting for “The Sound of Music,” we sure enjoyed our time there, especially since we seemed to be whisked away back in time with a lot of the locals outfitted in traditional Austrian dress.

Never being a huge fan of the musical, I watched it once again in our hostel, since they had taken to playing the movie over and over again in the common room. I have to say that I have been converted to a fan. With its catchy tunes and references to WWII history, it is hard not to love.

So having watched the movie, we had to see Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the Von Trapp children sing “Do-Re-Mi.” Wow, are these gardens GORGEOUS! It was my favorite part of the city. Here are a few pictures with me doing my best impression of a Von Trapp child (I don’t think you can get much better than this):

Of course, the rest of the town is gorgeous too, as evidenced here:

We only needed one day to explore the town, and since we had two days there, we spent the second day at the local pool. It was surreal spending time at a recreation center with the Alps in the background. We also enjoyed jumping off the 10 meter platform.

All in all, another successful trip to another beautiful city. I keep expecting another Morocco incident to come again, but it hasn’t, so we will enjoy this time while it lasts!