YAY! I am in the Buenos Aires Herald! Awesome! My friend is a writer for this newspaper and he did an article on the destruction of old buildings in Buenos Aires. I am currently living in a house in La Boca that is over 120 years old with a group of artists and he wrote a little about what I am doing here in Buenos Aires and the house I live in. You can find it in the life and leisure section. There is not a photo in the online version but in the print copy. I will be FAMOUS (not really…) OK, but still pretty cool for my growing list of things I experienced in BsAs.
Archive for January, 2010
This image is pretty hilarious to me because I was walking with a friend today to find an art store in La Boca and we spotted a really cool hooded jacket in a store window. He is learning to speak spanish and went into the store to ask if he could try on the jacket in the window but totally called it a dress! The man looked at him and pulled a dress out behind the counter and then we all laughed so hard.
This episode is great! Look, I even find myself calling Bueno, entonces… an episode when it actually a learning program. That shows you how different it is to all the spanish learning tools out there. It is really the best spanish program I have ever found. I included the picture with the brujula because I think it is an excellent word in Spanish and one that I have used many times as I have a tattoo of a very old symbol from Haiti that symbolically stands for a compass. People ask me all the time what my tattoo means because it is a very intriguing symbol so I learned that word in my first week. In the lesson though good ‘ol David is using it to refers to his “man hood” compass that always points north in the love corner of the house. He goes on and on about his Kamasutra course (injured pride from the girl before saying he was bad in bed) and explains how to determine the Feng Shui love corner in your house using an oyster. You apparently through a live oyster against the ground to break its shell and then the animal climbs out and crawls toward a direction in the room…this is the subsequent corner of love : ) even if it is all tall tales it is superbly entertaining! The name for shell in spanish is “concha” which also stands for one of my favorite parts of the female body…go ahead and look that one up! Its a spicy word! They go through a lesson of the house and furniture within it by revealing sexual experiences had on/against each said item. The writing of this program is genius!
I had my first new spanish class in a school in Palermo today. The teacher was significantly impressed with my level of spanish (thank you Bueno, entonces…) and it seems like a good fit there for me. I came home and began painting an idea that is so genius I had trouble falling asleep, I was am excited about it! I keep alluding to said new discovery due to the fact that I can’t share it yet because I don’t want anyone to jump the gun on me. Suffice to say, when it have finished a set I shall post pictures of my art. Another great complement to my spanish speaking skills…I was chatting up the kiosko guy and he thought I was from Italy – AWESOME! gringo accent is not reigning supreme! I have been working really hard on the rolling of my rr’s and a nice speaking cadence. Class 25 covers some future tenses and reminds me how happy I am to be learning spanish in a country that basically uses the very IR + INFINITIVE. For example…Voy a caminar por la playa. Or, voy a hablar con mi hermano. You can changing anything in the future by saying ”I am going to…” I do not need another set of verb conjugations to worry about memorizing. I really wish Jimena could be my spanish teacher. She is my teacher in one form because I get to interact with her through her relationship with David in the program, but so much of learning Spanish is conversing and correcting your manner of speaking with another person.
This episode has inspired me! David is apparently following his mother in Mendoza to keep an eye on her and the tanguero (gigolo). He is talking about the beautiful lake, trees, vineyards, and clean air. I can not remember clean air. I have been in the city for so long I need to get out. I think my monday is free from work so I could have a long weekend riding a bicycle and trying tinto (red wine) to my hearts content. I have been looking at bus tickets! I took a 23hour bus ride to Bariloche a few months back and it blew my mind! The long distance busses here are INCREDIBLE! They give you piles of food, wine, desert, and whiskey! Additionally there are multiple movies and the seats recline into beds. If you are ever in Argentina the busses are a must! Central America is a whole other situation though. I was afraid to sleep on the busses for fear of waking up at gun point and needing to have a plan of action formulated. The busses get stopped by street gangs and robbed, often with many people being killed. They cannot drive past a certain hour due to the danger of driving on the streets (these little facts are the things I try to leave out when telling my parents I am heading south solo with a backpack).
Well, this little dicho is too good to pass up. I will bring the bikini you bring the kisses. It reminds me of better times when the sun is shining and you can crack open a cold beer in the shade of your beach unbrella. QUE PASO BUENOS AIRES??? It is freezing. Moments like this and I am questioning the whole art co-op drafty 120 year old house in the middle of winter next to the most polluted body of water in the world. Ah La Boca you are a difficult love. Sometimes I am all about it, and other times she is just a dirty cold friend. Well, I should never complain. My life is to make art, music, and learn to speak spanish in Buenos Aires. In fact after writing that I feel better. Tomorrow I have to get up at 11am for a whopping 2 hours of work and then return to my art space to hang out and spread paint on a canvas while trying to make the strenuous decision of going to meet up with the circus in Peru this coming January. Rough life. My friends are in a great circus out of San Francisco called Dreamtime Family Circus, they are AMAZING!
Class 22! I am cruising along and actually learning with this program Bueno, entonces…David is such a chamuyero but he does make the lessons interesting. I don’t know if I will ever be able to approach an ATM (cajero automatico) without thinking about David’s little tall tale of the transvestite behind him in line with the “baskteballs” and the policeman waving his hands, the cell phone going on speaker phone with the woman yelling that David is bad in bed. The humor really locks the lessons into your brain with memories you don’t actually have but access as if they are your own personal tales. I think I will see if I can steal his little story to retell in spanish as a person test for myself. I love that he raps it all up with a reference to Jimena about being able to work her like a cash machine, but she tells him he has no idea what buttons to press (the above clip refers to that). You just can’t get a better language learning program with humor than this.
Some spanish programs teach you about the “room” and the “bed” and go through descriptions to be able to speak about the boring room. Not Bueno, entonces…in class 21 David describes the “Telo” he went to with the girl he likes. Now this is pretty hilarious because a telo is basically a sex hotel where you pay by the hour. Now, honest – I haven’t been so lucky to see one of these establishments yet, and I hear in BsAs they are quite the trip. Super sketchy, dirty, benches with belts and straps, bad lighting, pornographic pictures on the wall. I love that they go through room descriptions in spanish so David is able to describe the awful experience he had in this place and now feels that he has a dirty soul.
Well, great news! I met an excellent man at a bar that my friends are interested in buying and opening in San Telmo. He is a writer and works for the Buenos Aires Herald, AND he wants to do a story on me and my experiences in Buenos Aires. It is linked to the bigger story of the very old buildings here in Argentina and that I live in a home over 120 years old in La Boca. Interesting enough he is including one other person in the article who happens to be the man who started Bueno, entonces…What a synchronicity! Out of a city of 13million I seem to get involved in all the right groups and keep running into the same people. The writers name is Matt, and he came and took photos of me and my art work. After finishing this blog I need to write back responses to the questions he is asking me. When it is published, I will post the link!