So last week seems so far away, both in terms of distance and time, but I'll do my best to recap! Monday was business as usual at school apart from the fact that it rained sideways all day literally without a pause. It was some of the worst weather I have ever seen it was so windy that when we were sat in the car it was rocking heavily to and fro in the breeze! Also got to enjoy a little teaser for the forthcoming school play Thank You For the Music, which was very entertaining! In the evening the Riccheris did me my first home cooked asado since I had never had one and their son was also home from university to vote in the elections. An asado is basically a barbeque, but one which makes our puny attempts of a few kebabs and chicken fillets look like snack food! We had chorizo and cheese as finger food while the coals heated up, I should add that they love asado so much most of them have one in their kitchens, then chorizo sausage and morchilla, which is like black pudding sausage with raisins and nuts, then more beef than you could possibly even imagine! After dinner pancho, luis(other son) and a load of their friends went for a drive down to the coast so I tagged along which was good fun! One of them used to model for Gap and Ralph Lauren and is now a pro surfer, which is a pretty ridiculous lifestyle!
Tuesday the heinous weather continued and since I had nothing to do marcela, one of the owners, set me the task of writing a powerpoint on British history, culture and pretty much every place in the UK! Not sure I would have had much to put in that one! Fortunately it was swine flu to the rescue as the all schools and universities in the state were shut down the very next day!
The next big day was thursday when because the bourguines were out of town we decided to have an asado at agus's house. So for 25 pesos each (between 4 and 5 pounds) we got over 3kgs of beef in 3 different cuts, chozio sausage, chinchulines which is cow intestine, wine and beer! So Alan, Simon and I set up the BBQ and whilst Richard did the booze run and Agus and Ashley prepared salad.
After eating we sat around and chatted for a little while and then started playing cards. This soon turned into drinking card games and then one of Alan's friends, Negro(A common nickname here!), arrived and the pace picked up! Then from having a seemingly quiet night in planned we headed out to brave Mar del Plata's bars! So we found a bar which was 20 pesos entry and they gave you a cup and you got your drinks for free. Surreally all the bar staff were in surgical masks and rubber gloves! In there we met a bunch of argentines and had an absolutely great night with them dancing and chatting, confidence in spanish growing with every fernet and coke! Then suddenly out of nowhere we saw Negro and some other guy being dragged out of the bar by their faces practically! So since the bar was winding down anyway Richard, Ashley and I decided to go out to check it out. Apparently the other guy had pushed him over as they were at the bar for no real reason and then the bouncers had swooped, of course thats his version of events! Then Ashley, who had a met a charming argentine boy over the course of the night, and I walked back to mine to call her a taxi. As we arrived so did Ines and her friends and so we hung out with them for a little bit then everyone headed their seperate ways.