Thoroughly exhausting day. I have been obsessing over the COOLEST pair of faded lined shorts since i got here, had the bright idea of gong back to the shop with a friend a few days later, only to find it hda disappeared. needles to say 5 colectivos later I returned defeated.
Experienced the phenomena known as SPANGLISH. Quote dalia 'its like speed dating but not". You basically pay a small fee (although in my case it was free) and meet at a cafe in Palermo to practice your spanish with natives, then switch to english. 5 mins in each lang, 10 mins per table. Absolute chaos. plenty of funny looking people, oldies, youngsters and teenagers alike are ushered from table to table for a couple of minutes of awkward chatter.
Met a funny bunch of portenos (people from BA) and ended up having dinner afterwards. learnt lots of "lunfardo"ie local slang and was shocked to find the one that spoke the most english never had any formal lessons, save what he learnt from tv. And people say television is bad. Clearly, they have never tried to learn a language.