Just Headin to Uruguay For the Day, No Big Deal…
I’m pretty sure I just slept for 22 hours straight. I woke up for food twice and then about every four hours otherwise to a strange state of confusion about whether my dreams or real life was reality. I had the STRANGEST dreams. My host brother came down with a bad fever this weekend (38.5 degrees Celsius, whatever that means) and I really hope I’m not it’s next victim. Maybe I slept so much because my weekend was full of wonderful adventures. Either way, it was a colossal effort to drag my butt out of bed for class this morning. I was 20 minutes late as it was, and after watching four classmates giving the most disorganized, pathetic attempt at a presentation I’ve seen since freshman year, we are just sitting here in silence doing nothing. (I shouldn’t be teasing about the presentation..It’s ok because they’re all freshman still and it was rather entertaining watching them try and pull it together…plus, half my group wasn’t even there because no one was told we were presenting, so I didn’t even get the chance to look like an idiot in front of everyone. I have zero room to talk, but whatever.) We’ve been sitting here for the last 40 minutes reading the grafitti on the sides of our desks. No one knows exactly what we are supposed to be doing. The professor wrote the homework for Thursday on the board after the trainwreck of a presentation by the only group who had it’s members and all of the questions answered and then just sat down in the back of the classroom. Nine people showed up to class today (out of 25 or so.) Two people are doing the reading, a few in the corner are quietly discussing philosophy (from what I can understand from their quiet racing spanish) and I’m just trying to look like I’m doing something since I didn’t think to bring my book to class.
Even the professor keeps checking his watch probably more often than the Spice Girls check their make up. It’s weird and I’m thoroughly confused…now the group is arguing whther Bon Jovi or The Strokes are a better rock band. Now I understand why my dreams were seemingly more real than being awake haha. Anyways, I had a wonderful, if a bit exhausting weekend. Friday I went shopping with Christine, then worked on my budget and itinerary for my summer trip. Saturday woke up early for a beautiful trip to Colonia, Uruguay ❤ Then went out Saturday night with my oldest host brother to some house parties, returned fairly early for Argentine standards at 5 AM and slept pretty much all day Sunday.
About the day trip to Uruguay–Loved it loved it loved it 🙂 Getting out of the city was great and Colonia was a precious little gem of a town. One thing though…I don’t know what romantic ideas I’d been harboring about riding a ferry…but they were ruthlessly drowned within 15 minutes on the boat. I think I’d pictured a beautiful sunny day, hanging over the rails like Jack and Rose with a comfortable smile on my face and the light in my hair. Nope. I didn’t think I was the type to get seasick but I still feel a little dizzy recalling the trip over. The ride was only an hour and I didn’t lose the contents of my stomach (thankfully)…only every last hint of color in my face. Gaby, our program tour guide, went around offering seasickness medicine at the beginning of the trip and I all but contained my eyes from rolling out of my head at the idea of taking something for an hour boat ride in a giant passenger boat. I’m an idiot. In my defense though, people told me it was an unusually turbulent ride. The bathrooms were occupied the whole time and a couple people threw up in the back of the boat because they couldn’t get in. If I had been farther back and smelled/heard/seen that I would’ve probably involuntarily joined them but I made it. And it was totally worth it. The whole trip I felt like I was walking through a movie set. Lounging by the water drinking mate was one of the first times I think I completely relaxed since I got here. Mmm so nice. Since I didn’t want to post all the pictures on here or on Facebook I made a short video 🙂 I didn’t get the greatest pics and videos because my camera is broken still 😦 My phone died really quickly and it just doesn’t do as great of a job as my camera…And yet again Posterous doesn’t seem to receptive to my video today. Here it is again on YouTube, which always puts it in crappy quality but at least let’s me upload it. Once again I came up with a corny, completely unrelated title.
Posted on August 27, 2012, in Fall Semester, Travel and Study and tagged academic programs international, api, Argentina, Buenos Aires, colonia, excursion, standinginargentina, Study Abroad, tourism, Travel, uruguay. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.