Autumn’s Adventures

Where in the world is Autumn?
October 2, 2008, 7:36 pm
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Ok, so I kind of jumped into this blog assuming everyone that was reading it would know exactly where I was living.  Some people still think I live in Buenos Aires, which I do not.  Below you will find a map of Argentina, pointing out where BsAs is and where I am, which is in Jujuy, or more specifically, the capital of Jujuy, San Salvador de Jujuy.

Jujuy is the most northwest province in Argentina.  It is known for it’s seven colored mountains and salt flats.  The people in Jujuy speak much slower than the people in Buenos Aires.  I am very happy about this.  Not only do the people speak much slower but they also live much slower lives.  They take siestas midday.  No shops are open from 2-6 in town besides cafes (lucky for me because that is my prime time to work).  There is no Starbucks here, no McDonalds or Burger King.  No chains of any sort that I have been able to find.  People chew cocoa leaves here but in Buenos Aires they do not.

I live with my sister’s old host family at the moment.  My sister did rotary exchange last year and I went to visit her.  That is how I fell in love with Jujuy.  People find it strange that I chose such a remote place to live.  I just decided to live here because it felt right to me.  Buenos Aires just didn’t. I didn’t want to be among a sea of other foreigners living in BA.  Yes, BA offers more in the way that it is a bigger city but I don’t need that at the moment.  I’ve lived in Boston, I’ve lived in DC.  I’ve had the “city” experience.  I find it exciting to explore my little city wondering if there is a store that sells the random items that I need.  I don’t get discouraged when I can’t find something because I can just as easily find it online and pay $10 shipping for it if I absolutely need it.  So far I haven’t run into that situation yet.

I knew Jujuy would offer me uninterrupted Castellano.  I wouldn’t have to worry about it being flooded with tourists and in turn the people of Jujuy don’t immediately switch to English when they hear me speak (like in BA).  I came here to learn the language, to explore a foreign culture and to enjoy a slower life, and that is exactly what I am doing.


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