Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Getting Around in BsAs

Disclaimer: This post will not be helpful to anyone moving to Buenos Aires. It is simpy to explain how I have been using transportation thus far and, more importantly, to keep this blog going. So here in the warm side of the world, there are various forms of transport. Near me, I have the option of cab, train, bus or subte (metro). Yes, I said train. To get around. The collectivos (buses) apparently go everywhere and are supposed to be fanstically amazing. However, I have yet to ride one unsupervised, so I still haven't mastered what is going on there.

What I do have a note from my mom to ride alone is the subte, or the BsAs metro line. I live on the green line, which apparently here is called the D line, but come on, I've lived in DC for so long AND the lines are color coded anyway. You're just asking me to call it the green line. Don't even get me started on how terrible the metro is mapped out, hence the great buses. Anyway, to get to work I ride the green line pretty much to the end, all the way downtown.

Now, I'm not going to complain about the ferocious heat in the subte (think DC summer but ALL the cars are without airconditioning) or how crowded it gets, because it's a city and I live here and whatnot. But, what really gets me is the subte etiquette, far far different from my apparent world of politeness I lived through in DC. The subte cars here are set up like any other metro, seats lining the outer part of the car and standing room in the middle. Tidbit: in DC I have been flagged down someone allowing me to sit instead of them, because I am a lady. Here, not only is that absolutely not the case, but it is so far from it. People don't even get up to allow older people to sit down. My age men (boys really for this behavior) will sit while me and older women stand in front of them for the entire metro ride.

Whats really annoying is that I constantly give up my seat out of guilt, so I end up standing the entire metro ride. And this isn't a metro center to farragut north metro ride, I take it nine stops. Twice a day. My Spanish isn't quite up to the level to give lectures about letting older women sit, but once it is..watch out portenos on the green line.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

After 36 hours of travel, followed by 15 hours of sleep, I had quite possibly the tamest new years. But, it was FANTASTIC!! We had no expectations, and it turned out great! We actually laid around the apartment until about 11:30 (luckily my roommate had a friend in town, so there were 3 of us not a lonely 2) when we popped a $4 bottle of pink champagne.

Then we heard what could have only been gunshots. We rushed to the window to discover the incredibly loud booming noise was our neighbors setting off fireworks. YAY, no rules!! We rushed to the roof and saw literally a 360 view of fireworks being set off all over the city. It was incredible!! Our neighbors were setting them off on the next roof over, so they were really close. How close? The ashes were falling on us close. It was great!

After watching an episode of 90210 (old version), we all went to bed by 2-3am. Great night!!