So after one of the more boring coach journeys of my life, which could at best be described as 6 hours of completely flat fields with cows in them, I finally arrived in Mar del Plata. I was met by Marcela, one of the owners of the school, who enthusiastically gave me a driving tour of the city. The overwhelming theme of the tour was beaches, parks and bars definitely a good sign! There had been a slight change of plan with my accommodation since Alan, a New Zealander I was supposed to be staying with, was having plumbing done in his flat so I am now staying with a local family. The family consisting of Pablo y Laura, the parents and Inés and Pancho seem incredibly nice. I arrived and was greeted and shown to my room by Laura and unpacked a little and grabbed a shower. When I came downstairs Pancho was watching the rugby with his mates and Pablo so joined them, and was on the receiving end of a lot banter since England were losing, despite the fact that I explained I wanted them to lose as much as they did!
After the rugby I went out for a bit of a wander with Pancho and his friends. I'm fairly sure Pancho is going to end up under a bus one day since a lot of the wandering involved him skateboarding down hills into oncoming traffic! Eventually they took me to Agustina's house to meet her but she wasn't in so I ended up hanging out with her brother Simon who is a really funny guy. After a while Richard, an American doing the same as me, Agus and Alan, Agus's boyfriend, came back and we chatted for a while and had pizza. Whilst discussing plans for the evening I was asked "hey Sam do you have a full driving licence?" and I cautiously confirmed that I did. Next thing I knew I was in charge of doing a booze run in Simon's car, an interesting experience to say the least having never driven on the wrong side of the road or driven a left hand drive manual before! I seemed to adapt pretty quickly and with the help of Alan we made it safely there and back in one piece! We played a few drinking games, chatted and then headed out to a bar at around 3am, standard practice in Argentina apparently. I ended up chatting to one of Alan's team mate's on the rugby team and organized to go to training on Tuesday. Although one slightly worrying thing is that apparently you need to get scans in order to play rugby in Argentina, not sure if that will be a problem or not. Hopefully I can find some way around that. So that was pretty much that for my first day in Argentina and all in all it was a great start!