Friday, April 23, 2010

It's Cold. I'm a wimp.

Signs that winter is coming:

-I actually look forward to doing the dishes because it means I can immerse my hands in hot water
-getting out of my ridiculously comfy bed in the morning is now even harder
-for the first time in 9 months, the thought of ice cream has seemed unappealing
-the standard outfit is now jeans and boots instead of jeans and flip flops
-I am the color of new-fallen snow...apparently my tan decided I wasn't cool enough and went back to the beach :(

Anyway, it's cold. Can you tell? Good thing I work from my bed! On a side note, it's amazing how your body adapts to your circumstances. For example, I now consider anything less than 70 degrees to be "freezing," hence the two pairs of pants I'm currently wearing (current temperature: 57 degrees). My spice tolerance has significantly decreased because Argentines refuse to put anything that comes close to "hot" in their food. I also put way too much salt on everything I make at home now, because almost every dish you order here comes with a little mountain of the stuff on it. I'm sure there's more examples but my hands are turning blue from the cold...

Tomorrow I have to venture out into the harsh world and tackle the Buquebus to Uruguay so I can stay here for another 3 months. I'm kind of worried, since I've been reading things about people having trouble upon re-entering Argentina. But this is only my second time doing the Colonia run, and I'm going with a real Argentine, so hopefully it will just look like a fun day trip (HA). People have been exploiting this convenient migratory loophole for years at a time, but it would be just my luck to get chucked out after two trips.

I do have new boots though! I don't know how I went 9 months without buying a pair of boots, but I finally caved and bought some. Knee-high leather boots are pretty much a staple of the winter wardrobe here, and now I fit right in! They are lovely and soft and so comfortable and I will wear them constantly. Success!

The only problem is that they don't have any tread on the bottom, so walking on any smooth surface is a life (and dignity) threatening hazard. I've already done the awkward shriek-and-arm-flail recovery move about four times, much to the amusement of supermarket cashiers, loitering shop owners, and fellow pedestrians. But oh well. I like a pair of boots that keeps me on my toes!


Whenever I buy boots, I always think of that scene from Friends where Rachel is out of work and looking for a job, so she goes shopping and comes back with a pair of ""I don't need a job, I don't need my parents, I've got great boots" boots!! Am I her? Possibly. 

In sum: I'm pale, but I have new boots. Uruguay < Argentina. I'm jealous of everyone in the States who is getting ready for summer. Anda a cagar, all of you. See you when I get back from Colonia, provided I don't get deported.


  1. Si en su barrio hay algún zapatero le puede hacer agregar a los tacos de las botas un suplemento de goma para evitar resbalones. Cuando llueve, es peligroso caminar con calzado de suela lisa por las veredas húmedas. Que disfrute su paseo por Colonia y bienvenida nuevamente a la Argentina.

  2. Are those the same boots I bought that you pooh-poohed at the time?? Here's hoping you're safely in your bed and not on a slow-boat to deportation land.

  3. where did you get your boots? i've been looking for aaaages and haven't found any like those! they're so cute!

  4. anquises- gracias por el consejo...voy pronto a buscar un zapatero!! me estoy resbalando por todos lados y un dia voy a terminar boca abajo en la vereda!

    eli- nooooo although they are similar...just the right amount of slouch and so comfy! and no deportation, joy! safe for another 90 days.

    anon- thanks! i love them to death and wear them constantly!! i found them when i wasn't looking for them (as always) in a store called Viento y Marea on Ave Santa Fe 3265...i did pay close to cough400cough pesos, but i had to have them...its an investment! (she tells herself as the last few centavos trickle down the drain :)

  5. Buy a Calefactor!!! Gas is dirty cheap.

    And don't worry. You can't be deported, unless you are a serial killer, or drug dealer.

    The Argentine Constitution is very friendly to you.