Comfort Food <3
So if I were to trace the reason I’m posting this today back to a single motivation and consequential decision it would be how much I miss my speakers (I hope you’re taking care of them Dad!) and my decision to stay up late listening to music. I had classes at eight this morning so I intended to go to sleep at like 11–that’s still fairly early for Argentines–and wake up at 6 and get to class on time…but I started listening to a little of my own music before I fell asleep and that was the worst thing I could have done. You see, back home there was rarely a quiet moment for me, I would listen to music at work, at home, and in the car. I don’t feel comfortable enough in the city and on the bus and subway and such to wear my headphones here yet, so I haven’t been really listnening to much of anything. So when I popped them in last night I was thoroughly enjoying myself, and I was Facebook chatting people and things just got out of hand because I didn’t go to bed until almost 2. I did finally get up at 6:10 though, shower and eventually head out the door at 7:35. I think they lied to me when they told me it was a 30 minute commute to school though because I didn’t get lost or anything and I didn’t get there until 8:15 or so. Then I couldn’t figure out the elevators (my class was on the 14th floor.) They only go to SOME of the floors and then you have to take like connecting elevators and trying to wrap my mind around that so early in the morning was like trying to get a cat to admit it’s not the superior species. Yeah, not gonna happen. So I ended up taking the stairs from the 7th floor to the 14th, and arrived sweaty and late to my first class with “real Argentinians.” Poop.
Well, whatever. The class (Marketing) only had like 15 people in it and I understood about 98% of what the professor was saying 🙂 I was really proud of myself! The other students in the class I couldn’t understand for the life of me, like when they’d ask questions and stuff, but I’m sure that’ll come soon. Anyways, despite being 20 minutes late (really only missed 10 minutes worth of stuff cuz the professor was also late apparently) the professor was really nice and seemed like he was going to be sympathetic to the whole language thing. I also found another kid who is from Minnesota who just happens to have like all of his classes with me, so between the two of us we should have the understanding thing covered 🙂 But I’m getting off topic…
The class was three hours long. Yeah. Three hours at eight in the morning–I can practically hear you guys laughing at the idea of me actually being able to do that. We got a short coffee break during which I tried to consume the largest coffee possible (the largest is like a small at Starbucks…) and then returned to the lecture. Well you can imagine how I was doing despite the coffee after almost two weeks of half my usual amount of sleep and the craziness of being in a foreign city. Yeah, not so hot 🙂 But after class I made the rounds to my advisor (Adriana, she’s a sweetheart) to ask a bunch of questions about figuring out my classes and such and built up quite an appetite. By the time I finished it was 12:30. I had class at 2:30…taking the bus home I now knew would be like an hour each way…totally not worth it. And then the cafeteria food was outrageously expensive so instead of going out to look for food close to there, which I would’ve probably been able to do I sat there for a half an hour and then ultimately decided to go home. Yeah bad idea 🙂
I went to a grocery store near my house and bought some rice cakes, a banana, and some cookie lookin things for 12 pesos (three dollars) which was phenomenally cheaper than at the university. Long story short, I took them home and ate and napped and missed my afternoon classes 😦 I was just sooooo tired. 😦But with the missing of my classes I found my new favorite snack. These alfajorcitos I bought were only 5 pesos for 6 of them. They’re like two chewier versions of thin mints with dulce de leche (caramel kinda) squished in the middle, all covered in chocolate. Omg with a banana they were so delicious. I had some alfajores before but they weren’t as good. Idk why I liked these so much lol I am to these as Dad is to Little Debbie (sorry if you guys don’t get the reference.)
^ This picture isn’t actually mine because I ate them all, but it’s the same thing that I found on google. 😦 lol they were just so delicious.
And it got me thinking, despite being a life-long vegetarian in a country that’s world famous for it’s beef, I’ve been eating surprisingly well. My host family has been awesome about cooking me food that I can eat–they even made me soy milonesa the second day I was here which was deliciosa 🙂 I love the tartas de papa and other such things–like an omelet turned into a pie sort of kind of:
and there’s a bunch of other good stuff I’ve been eating too 🙂 But anyhow, those cookie things with a banana is going to be my new comfort food. When/If I start missing the states I’ll just go get some of those (the whole snack costs about the same as an Arizona Iced Tea with tax) and remember why I’m happy to be in Argentina. For now, I’ll just enjoy them for no other reason but to enjoy 🙂
Posted on July 31, 2012, in Fall Semester, Travel and Study and tagged alfajores, Argentina, Buenos Aires, comfort food, cuisine, dulce de leche, food, standinginargentina, Study Abroad, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.