welcome to the real world.
we certainly learned quickly: real life comes with the good, the bad, and the ugly.
|"you may not forget them. they are not negotiable. córdoba's tribute to the fallen in their heroic deed in the south atlantic [the start of the falklands war], april 2, 1982. april 2, 2005."|
since arriving in córdoba on sunday, we've simply been getting oriented and learning about our surroundings and our new country. in addition to practicing spanish all day every day, which i love, i've been learning about argentine history and culture and customs... and adjusting my sleep schedule. we eat dinner at 10 p.m.? what? maddy and i still haven't figured out how the argentinians sleep so little and still seem energetic and happy. something about a siesta, we think...
anyway, aside from unpacking and orienting, we've gotten a chance to explore, which is awesome. our first day, we walked around the cerro de las rosas neighborhood, which was eerily quiet on a sunday. we scouted out pharmacies, health food stores, and a gym. we peeked into restaurants and cafés. and in this barrio that seems to seamlessly flow between residential and commercial, we wandered dusty tree-lined streets with low-slung architecture that is absolutely adorable. each house is set back with a gate and iron fence, often covered in ivy or vines. the buildings themselves are one or two stories, boxy shapes built in white stucco and topped with red spanish tile rooves. the shutters and doors are beautiful dark wood. the effect of each little house is charming and unique and "can you please invite me over to look around your house and have tea on your patio?"
|a strange little chinese restaurant.|
|we love the plant store.|
yesterday was our "induction" where we wandered around the city center and learned every detail of the bus system that takes us from our homestay to downtown. it was fun to see the main city and later to explore and take lots of photos.
|outside the monasterio de santa catalina de siena.|
|so many cappuccinos.|
anyway: back to the good parts. we window-shopped on pedestrian streets, browsed a bookstore, and saw the colonial plaza san martín. we went into the colonial catedral de córdoba and the basílica de santo domingo, both cathedrals with uniquely south american architecture on the outside and breathtakingly intricate art on the inside that's both reminiscent of and distinct from european cathedrals.
the catedral had loads of gold gilded details and frescoes.
|walking into the colonial catedral, i was immediately astounded by the details and by the immense scale of the entire building.|
|maddy paid a two-peso offering to light a little candle. i would've... but i didn't have any cash left.|
|i love flags.|
|"don't write on the walls. there is a guestbook at the top of the stairs."|
|above the guestbook table are hundreds of plaques thanking the virgen del milagro.|
we loved our independence, our freedom to explore and people-watch without needing to be doing anything.
|outside the basílica!|
i can't wait to start work and start developing a routine here and making new friends. it can only get better! :)