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Posted by Jessica on Mar 4, 2005
We have arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina!!

All worried parties may rest assured: we have arrived in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina and are safe and happy. Despite the last minute effort by Mother Nature to keep us in the US by burying us under 12 inches of snow, we are now basking in 80 degree weather, beneath a cloudless sky.

So, let´s take a look at our journey thus far:

  • We drove 475 miles from Philadelphia to Columbus on Sunday
  • We drove 350 miles from Columbus to Niagara Falls on Tuesday
  • We drove 410 miles from Niagara Falls to Annapolis on Wednesday
  • We had a 1.5 hour limo ride from Annapolis to Dulles International Airport in Washington DC on Thursday
  • We had a 2 hour plane ride from DC to Atlanta on Thursday (still)
  • We had a 10 hour plane ride from Atlanta to the International Airport outside of Buenos Aires from Thursday to Friday
  • And, finally, we had a 2 hour bus ride from the airport into the heart of Buenos Aires on Friday

So after many days of travel, our arrival to Buenos Aires was more than welcome. My "travel Spanish" navigated us through finding a bank, exchanging the large 100 peso bills we received from the ATM machine into smaller peso bills, finding a bathroom, finding the bus stop, getting change for the bus (we actually got on one bus only to be turned away for lack of change), finding the right bus, finding the right stop, and ordering our first meal in Argentina (burgers with ham and a fried egg on top, nummy). Go me! (Me thinks Tim finds me even more adorable now.)

After our first meal (which, randomly, was in some goth bar with pictures of the Cure and Freddy Mercury all over the walls), we were approached by a young man on the street who asked if we were looking for accommodation. (I think the backpacks, the map, and the confused looks gave us away.) He told us he was the Director of an apartment building where they rented out apartments (complete with kitchen and private bath) for 350 pesos a week (roughly, $117 USD). We checked the room out and, although it wasn´t bad looking and was very affordable, we thought we could do better. Not to mention, his request for a $300 USD deposit (in cash, no contract) was just a bit suspect.

Next, we proceeded to navigate just a few blocks away to the Milhouse Hostel (who we had read quite a bit about before arriving). They were booked (which matched our previous information), but assisted us in making a reservation for another youth hostel only 8 blocks away. And so here we are in our private room, complete with nice wood floors, a comfy bed, and a private bathroom (with a bidet, wheee!). All this and only 68 pesos (about $22 USD) a night! (That´s actually a lot more than we´ll be paying in most places, but in Buenos Aires it´s a good price for a private room with a private bath.)

Upon arriving in our room at 2pm, Tim and I decided to take a nap. And 8 hours later, we have woken up with exciting plans of going back to bed shortly. As neither of us have the energy to brave the streets of Buenos Aires in search of dinner tonight, we are dining on NutriGrain bars and a brownie (from the plane) for dessert. This is the life, I tell ya. But no worries, we´re happy.

Everyone in Argentina has been so nice to us thus far. Our fingers are crossed that our luck will continue, but it appears that there´s nothing like a smile and some rudimentary Spanish to get people to open up. Although it still doesn´t really feel like we´re homeless, jobless, and on another continent at the moment, I imagine these things will begin to hit us within the next few weeks. (At the very least, the jobless part will hit our bank accounts within the next few weeks.)

As for now, we couldn´t be happier. Tired, but happy. Goodnight everyone.

Tim the hedgehog
March 4, 2005 at 10:40pm

…ordering our first meal in Argentina (burgers with ham and a fried egg on top, nummy)…

It should be noted that this meal (consisting of two of these fantastic burgers, a coke, and a bottle of water) cost us about $4 USD. Whoo-hoo!

Marisa
March 4, 2005 at 11:07pm
YEAY, YEAY, YEAY! I am so overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.

First of all, I'm so glad you're safely there, with the madness of the last two weeks behind you! Second of all – did Jessica chop off all her hair, or am I crazy?!?! (It looks good!) Thirdly, I am SO sorry I didn't get to talk to you your last day. I feel like a dolt and a bastard (which, incidentally I am, but that's another story).

Fourthly, ah crap. Just… wow. I am so happy for you guys, and so excited I'm jumping out of my chair, and way more than a little bit jealous and inspired and awed. You guys are truly the best.

I cannot wait to keep up with the continuing adventures.

xoxox!

~m

daddy
March 5, 2005 at 7:53am
oh good you got something to eat and and i want you to know i am very excited for you , ed and i were on here about 2am and we're back again at 747am.i play the jr. hedgehog tape with brook and it was so cute ed heard your voice an started looking for you. what ever my earlier problem was at the moment every thing working just fine.have fun i'm going back to bed. love
Jessica the hedgehog
March 5, 2005 at 8:08am
It seems our website is being a bit difficult for posting comments, so this is a little test. Tim is going to try and fix that this morning…we think it might be working again, but we aren't positive.

Test, test, test. Wheeeee!

(If you can read this right now, you are a wonderful person. Meow. Also, we decided to stay in our current hostel through Monday morning so we can relax for a bit before finding new accomodation. And we have a private Spanish tutor meeting us at 1pm today. Go us! Or, vamos..which means "we go" but you get the point.)

Noah
March 5, 2005 at 9:37am
I'm glad you guys made it, safe and sound! The prices sound good, but it is the third world, after all. The burgers are made from really poor tourists. :)

No, I'm just kidding. Have lots of fun! Induce busty Argentinian women to flash you, and post the photos! And stay safe!

Philsie
March 5, 2005 at 9:54am
Yo, glad to see you got there ok, there's nothing like arriving in another country for the first time and Canada dosn't count ..eh…anyway remember when i said you could go around the world and stay at people's places some guy is doing it ..www.letmestayforaday.c… …its "O" for Awesome i have been lokking at it for an hour its interesting to see what type of people put him up..anyway i thought you might get some ideas from it
Shana
March 5, 2005 at 10:32am
ah, you're there! so great! the hostel sounds wonderful, and the people do, too. i really like that oblivious ticket agent you managed to catch in that picture ;) have wonderful times!
Ben B.
March 5, 2005 at 12:43pm
Your teeth look nice. Hope it stays sunny and warm, as we've got crummy weather here.
Turquoise
March 5, 2005 at 2:19pm
And the adventure has begun! Glad to hear you've arrived at destination numero uno. Happy travels!
Randy
March 5, 2005 at 5:24pm
Cool, glad to hear you got in ok! Just stopping by work and figured i would check the Website, and Wow you updated! Well i am off to brave the wilds of Philly, hope you continue havinga great time!
daddy
March 5, 2005 at 5:51pm
well it seems to be working,piggie must be awful crushed if he living in your back pack,just found new place for onion straws ,it's damons have fun with your spanish love
Juno
March 5, 2005 at 7:56pm
I am going to love this! Your stories bring back memories of arriving in Rome on Easter weekend and being so tired, overwhelmed, excited, hungry and possibly every emotion at once.

Sounds fabulous and I love the pig pillow.

Sunnie
March 5, 2005 at 11:46pm
Yay! I was wondering about you. Sounds like you've gotten off to a good start!
Beth
March 6, 2005 at 12:06am
HI! I am so excited that you both have arrived safely in Buenos Aires. :) And I loved reading your update – I can't wait for more. :) WOOHOO!
Janet
March 6, 2005 at 7:03am
Lesson 1 ?Donde esta el quarto de bano?
Este hombre(muchacha) es moy calliente.
I'd probably get you arrested. Don't take any wooden pesos and remember…everyone is REALLY friendly when you're monwey and insecurity is showing. You guys rule, but be safe. :)
Donna
March 6, 2005 at 11:02am
It is great to see that the two of you arrived in Buenos Aires safely. Take care of yourselves and of each other. I will continue to follow you guys as you continue on your adventure :)
March 6, 2005 at 12:09pm
We are so glad you guys are safe and sound! We love you both and hope that you will be eating more than brownies for dinner from now on – come on, with all that yummy food around you! Be safe and good – cannot wait to see all the pictures you're taking. Love to you both from us and the woofs!
Carried away
March 6, 2005 at 3:01pm
You both look so dizzingly happy!
The traveling part of travel is not so grand, but by the sounds of it, having arrived at destination Buenos Aires, you are thoroughly enjoying yourselves.

Keep the stories coming…

lucy
March 6, 2005 at 6:56pm
this is so unbelievably inspiring. wow. i am so happy that you two are doing this. and that you are sharing it with all of us.

have the most keenest of times.

*bliss*

laura f

daddy
March 6, 2005 at 10:04pm
it's just me again china at 2.91 on the rateings and she says she misses you both and don't forget to vote for her when you get a chance love from all of us
Sandy
March 7, 2005 at 5:31pm
Yes, I am thrilled you arived safely and are being cautious. Have a great time! One work thing…We are ordering the FAX and copiers and assumed you did not.
Donna
March 10, 2005 at 11:09am
You guys look happy and healthy. This makes me happy. I so look forward to going through this journey with you via website.
amy
March 10, 2005 at 3:16pm
ray sent me a link. loving the photo essay style. i'm so excited that you finally got there. any hope of getting back into the us through miami and spending a few days with me?
Carol
March 23, 2005 at 1:43pm
Hey there! Your website is awsome! Glad you arrived safely, I have never seen you happier Jessica. Keep smiling and have many safe miles under your feet. :)

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