57 Days Abroad

Day 11. It Could be Worse

Day 11.

Woke up early today—8:30am. We’ve only been up that early twice since we’ve been in Buenos Aires. (The other time was because when we arrived to BA from Miami 11 days ago, it was 7:30am.) We had a meeting to catch this morning at 10:00am. Fortunately, we arrived early enough to grab a café con leche. Yet again it rained (hard) in the morning but we had our 18 peso umbrellas to keep us partially dry.

We were invited to a friend’s house for lunch in San Telmo. Her apartment complex was very historical/classy. There were about a dozen people who came over and pizza was delivered. We stayed there for a of couple hours talking about gauchos and other stereotypical Argentinean traits/ideas.

Today, February 7, happened to be Super Bowl XLIV so we kind of had to catch that. The teams competing were the Saints and the Colts—we were going for the Saints. Through friends of friends, we made arrangements to watch the game with a few American expats.

The first stop we made was in Recoleta, about 10 minutes from our house. There we met most of everyone and tried some new wines. With about an hour until the game started, we headed off to Puerto Madero to another couple’s condo. (Google map: http://bit.ly/aB1Lq8)   The condo was awesome on the 13th floor of a tall building. It overlooked the river, Uruguay’s coast and the city of Buenos Aires.

The channel in which we watched the Super Bowl did not air commercials shown from the U.S. This was a problem because that’s half the reason for watching the Super Bowl. However, the owner/host of the condo had a sling box in his master bedroom which actually pulls the cable TV from his house in the States. Although the quality was weak, it aired the U.S. commercials. So we transferred from his room to the living room, depending on what was on. In the end, the Saints won and no one was upset about that.

BTW the title, It Could be Worse, was a comical statement we heard tonight. It’s a long story but basically involves a guest, who is also an employee to the host, who tried to fix a problem only to make it worse. The boss/host, became a bit peeved and everyone started cracking jokes of the guest losing his job. In the end, the matter got resolved. The guest muttered the statement, “It could be worse” which made us laugh and contemplate on life.

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