A couple short flights from Seattle and now I live in Buenos Aires. In a few months here I hope to learn the language, improve my tango, and simplify.
In a few days here I have learned the following:
1) Though I thought I would buy a cheap bicycle to get around the city, I realize that I am not yet emotionally qualified to bike in Buenos Aires. I can barely make it through some of the cab rides.
2) In Spanish, the word 'pare' means 'stop;' however, when written in big white letters and put on a red octagon on top of a pole, it apparently means something else.
3) A short blast of a car horn means something like "yes, of course it is okay to cut in front of me. You must be in a hurry. I know in my heart that you would let me pass if I were in a hurry."
4) A long blast of a car horn means "Oh, you are stopping to let out your passenger. That makes perfect sense."
5) Porteña must be the Argentine word for German woman. My goodness there are a lot of Germans here.
6) Practica X is the real deal.