English Teacher in Buenos Aires

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Buen finde!!

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Food Updates

Teglia: Last week I had coffee and medialunas (our national snack).  They’re not croissants hahaha.  This coffee shop actually served me a full sized mug which is unusual here, had sun seating, and great prices.  They also stuck a cute heart leaf in my drink.

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Romarios: I love this pizza chain.  You can go get pizza by the slice so it’s not all ratchet when you heat up the leftovers the next day hahaha!  Good atmosphere on a clear night. Also, the delivery drivers are on roller blades!  It should be an Olympic sport.  It’s hard enough without the broken tiles, granite, and asphalt that is our city.  Props to them!!!

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Dogg:  Dogg wins!  I finally found American chili cheese dogs.  I’m really missing 1. chili and 2. processed liquid cheese on EVERYTHING!  There’s also a guac dogg next to it and a ton of other toppings, mozzarella sticks, and licuados (fresh ginger mint lemonade…all the heart faces!!)

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Dandy: Great atmosphere and okay service.  I’d go for like a beer or something because they have locations in awesome neighborhoods but the burger wasn’t all that great.  It’s surprisingly hard to find a good burger here but when I do find them, you know I’ll take all the pictures!

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Toddy cookies:  Seriously they turned me into the cookie monster.  They have chocolate chip and chocolate chip dulce de leche chip.  I’m sick of dulce de leche as it’s in everything, but I’ll do it for this crack cookie!

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To end my week in food I’ll leave you with my fall favorite: Sadous beer.  My student is making personal brew with his friends and they’re geniuses!  This golden beer is creamy and delicious and crisp.  I’m very pleased and looking forward to trying the others.

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Have a great week!!! XO

 

WIWTW tag!

I’m super excited about this post inspired by Amanda Bella!  Doing a “What I Wore This Week” post for me is really more about getting out there and exploring the city, going to work, what works in ever changing weather, what’s cute but functional in a city city with public transportation, and when you’re walking tons of miles a day!

I started out on Sunday when I read Amanda’s post because I was excited, had time to take a walk, and enjoy my day.  Also, I really appreciate that when we have a cute outfit on, it inspires us to go out and do fun stuff.

Sunday: First, these earrings and the sweater and jeans I got below were all from a Stitch Fix box I got a couple years ago when I was in the states.  It’s the only box I got before leaving and I loved it.  I would never think of buying a few of the things myself but they looked great on.  The jeans are Liverpool, the sweater is RD Style and it’s kind of a green/grey, but I can’t remember the earring brand.  You can really wear them with anything though and really make your outfit pop!  PS- I was walking around the city that day and just wore grey Pumas.  Yes, you can wear fancy earrings with grey Pumas!  You will actually see me wearing both of them a lot.

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Monday:  Today I only teach one class so I’m in fall casual.  Okay it’s spring but it’s still October, cloudy, and I’m a Californian by heart.  So I went for a rust colored knit sweater over these black leggings from BP – which have a hole already and were expensive and I only got them last year (I obviously don’t recommend them).  But my sweater is long enough to cover it haha.  The sweater is Cecico and I bought it a few years ago in a little boutique on the beach in Long Beach.  The ballet flats are from Hush Puppies and have a good grip for the streets of Buenos Aires.  LIFEHACK OF THE YEAR: Carefree on the ankles of your flats to prevent ankle bleeding.  I also wore this outfit with the leaf earrings below from Argentine store Cuesta Blanca.

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Sorry for the elevator pics.  I have no floor mirror or camera equipment LOL!

Wednesday:  We had a sunny day and I just got these new Chimmy Churry shoes when I was walking by and saw they set up shop.  They are super comfortable and good for walking down city streets.  I had a simple outfit of a champagne, ribbed sweater and slightly ripped jeans (both Zara).  My go to earrings have been my Brighton hoops for years.  I love hoops and these have a fun, cute design!

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Thursday: It was a rainy day!  So I had a plain white Akiabara turtleneck and those Liverpool jeans on from Monday.  I also wore Viamo rainboots with a “cross stitch” pattern in the top.

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Friday: Cold again so I wore this great charcoal sweater with gold buttons at the wrist by Zara, paired with grey India Style skinny jeans (sorry I couldn’t get a photo that day!) that are super comfy.  I thought this fun purple scarf with gold accents was a great addition along with simple black booties.

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Saturday: Today it’s 10 degrees C warmer than yesterday, thank God!  I took a walk around the port and had lunch in a simple black tee and gold pants with silver accent zippers, from Zara.  I got these square Coach glasses six years ago and the green short jacket 13 years ago and they never go out of style!

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Thank you for sharing my fun week in fashion with me!  Hope you have a great week ahead!

 

Puerto Madero

It was a sunny day so I wanted to share my pics of Puerto Madero, Argentina with all of you.  It’s officially spring and I took a walk around this neighborhood and had lunch.  Hope it’s sunny wherever in the world you are… ❤

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Tips for Teaching English in Buenos Aires

They’re most likely going to hire you here and on the spot.  February and July are when they hire for March and August semesters.  The summer is mid December through mid February.  Everyone leaves the city and business is scarce.  They are not super formal so a simple CV will do it.

There’s a big market for business English.  Make sure you have enough time with transportation to get between classes.

People will give you references all the time.  They’re extremely helpful.

I charge for the whole month at the first day of the month so when they cancel last minute I still get paid.  If they cancel 24 hours in advance we can arrange another day.

If you are applying at a colegio then you will have to get a work visa and legal residency.  You can find the details on their government website.

You can stay here and just pay a 600ARS peso fine (about $30) before you leave the country or you cannot get back in.  Or take a trip every 90 days to stamp your passport.

You will have plenty of days off.  They have so many holidays here and people turn three day weekends into five day weekends.  You will have plenty of time to enjoy your life.

I drink the tap water.  It depends on where you live, like in the US.

There are safe neighborhoods and dangerous ones.  Don’t go out during the siesta in summer.  There’s no one outside.

Everyone is late.  I eat in all my classes.  They serve me coffee and mate wherever I go.  Do take advantage of the Nescafe machines in all the businesses 🙂  No one eats dinner before 9:30pm.  The restaurants are empty hahaha.

It costs about $1000USD a month to live here well, with or without a roommate and you can really live off $700-$800 if you try hard.  That’s working about 15-25 classroom hours a week.

I lesson planned more in the beginning but now not so much as you really have lessons saved up for any occasion.

I recommend living in Recoleta if you’re going to work in businesses Downtown – Retiro, Microcentro (San Nicolas), Puerto Madero.  They’re all walking distance to each other and safe.

You can work for more than one academy.  It isn’t normally a conflict of interest.  Say yes to everything as long as it suits you.  I like the freedom of picking and choosing whom I can work with.

People get really excited when they hear an English or American accent and start speaking English in return to you.  Don’t get bummed out you can’t practice Spanish.  They’re just really excited LOL.

These people love activities.  If you want an exercise class in the park, a roller blading class, hockey, painting, any language, anything you want to see and do is in Buenos Aires.

Bring all your electronics, appliances, clothes, everything.  Porteños go to the US to go shopping.  Everything here is expensive and bad quality.  This is a cheap city for going out.  Not a shopping city.

Yes, it’s geographically located on a beach but not a beach city.  It’s contaminated.  The closest beach is about 5 hours by bus and its a couple hundred dollars to get to.  I haven’t gone because I’d rather spend a couple hundred on other scenery being I’m from a nicer beach in CA.

People are really nice here but they have lived here their whole lives and already have friends and family and they are tight knit, so you’re most likely going to be friends with people who are foreigners or who are from outside of capital.  I have a lot of activity groups but I don’t go out on weekends really because I find the expat parties are for people who are passing through and leaving.  People here really like to talk.  It’s hard for me to answer the same, “Where are you from?” questions 50 times a day for a year and a half.  Especially as an introvert.  Some people like that.  You’ll never be alone but honestly I haven’t made any stable friendships although I do love all the people in my life.  I’ve had the same roommates, activities, and some students the whole time I’ve been here (a year and a half).

There’s a festival of sorts every weekend, everywhere.  You will never get bored.  Even for pets.  They love pets! ❤

All the words here are different in Spanish.  They can understand me but I can’t always understand them.  You also need to learn voceo.  It’s a different verb tense.  It’s not vosotros.  Google it.

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Why I Stopped Working for Money

For those of you who don’t know, I’m an overseas English teacher 🙂

If I have am really being true to myself, I have to say that I cannot only work for money anymore.  I love being my own boss because I work with people I want to work with and I let go of the ones I don’t.  There’s a lot of freedom in that.

I also live in a place where I can afford to do that and still have a really good life.  This wouldn’t work for me if that wasn’t the case.  I don’t put a time limit on how long I’ll stay.  I charge what I want to charge and I only accept students who are really serious.  If people don’t want to pay or show up I just drop them and I spend my time with people who are worthy.

The pay won’t be stable and there are off seasons.  You’ll also know a few minutes in if someone is someone you should be spending your time on.  But unstable pay also means that some months you’ll make a lot and save so it’s going to be okay!

I also like not having a commitment.  I don’t like long term commitments in jobs as they often come with the boss showing their true selves shortly after they lied about who they were in the interview.  Here, I’m not stuck and I’m really happy about that. It makes me want to stay with the academy I work for because my boss gives me complete freedom, which makes me my own boss, which makes me respect her as a leader who leads instead of micromanages.

I don’t know where I will go next or if I’ll stay here but I do know that there are ups and downs to entrepreneuring but over time you will see the results as positive if you are true to yourself!

#Flash4Storms

 

I saw this challenge on Journey to Ambeth to help the recent hurricane victims.  If you’re interested in writing a 50 word flash fiction piece on “help,” link here and Sarah will donate $1 up to $50 to hurricane victims.

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I never imagined that I would end up here.  How does one search for air though the blurry lights of the glass green and blue sea, trying to escape yet trying not to waste all their needed energy?  I wish that I had reconsidered what I did to need help.

 

Possible Life Planning with Friends!

I love life planning!  Dreaming is fun and it’s a big world.  I’d be happy doing many things and living in many different places.  The Bible says that we shouldn’t boast about tomorrow’s plans because we don’t know what will happen.  But I do have a lot of fun dreams and it’s important to have direction according to God’s will.

Everyone keeps asking me how long I’ll stay in Argentina.  I don’t know!  Idk if it will be forever or 6 months from now.  We’ll see what God says! 😀

I do know that my best friend and I have been talking about living with each other for years.  We’re super fun and compatible and both Christians and have so many of the same life goals.  We want pets and we wanna live in San Luis Obispo when we grow up!  And we wanna live together!

She’s way more reliable at keeping plans than I am and I’m happy living in many different places.  We like to be free and do what we want to do.

In her words, “Be happy.  Be bold.  Live your life.”

photos: opesadvisors and tripadvisor respectively

Spring Goals!

Next week, we’ll be celebrating Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  I do suggest living in the Southern Hemisphere to anyone someday! 🙂  I’ve found I’m lacking discipline as many of us do.  We feel great so we stop exercising, for example.  It’s odd that once we begin doing something, it makes us happy; but it’s the motivation to get up and do it that we fail to do.  They also say (Idk who they are), that when you’re sick of something, you should do the things that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

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I really want to be more consistent and structured in my life and I have some goals about how to do so.

Sleep– I need to be in bed between the hours of 12am-8am. It’s healthier sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday.

Exercise– I love my exercise class and my coach.  What I need to do is put the one foot in front of the other to get there LOL.

Personal Boundaries–  I don’t make boundaries nearly enough, I just talk about it constantly.  I need to start doing it.  What have I got to lose? The people who love me and are setting the same boundaries and won’t say I’m mean anyways.  Who you surround yourself by says a lot about you!

Work– In Buenos Aires no one takes anything regarding time or commitments seriously.  It’s way too easy to get undisciplined here with your schedule.  We’re always late and we change plans frequently.  I should try to stay on schedule as much as possible. 

Phone– this one is tough.  I need to just check it once and awhile because I check it way too often!

Get new students and build my business– I reserved 9 hours a week for a school that didn’t end up filing their contract paperwork after a month.  It cost me a lot of time and money so now I have to rebuild my business students up and it’s doable but it will take me another month or so.  But I really do enjoy teaching business English anyways so I’m not too bent out of shape about it.

Positivity– I want to be more positive.  Even if it means saying less or nothing at all.  Because not all of life is positive but I want to focus on what is.

 

Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Pizza Kinda Week

I’ll start from the beginning.  Sunday I saw the movie La Cordillera with a couple students/friends and it was a really nice theatre.  I wanted to see a Spanish (Argentinian) movie.  This had great actors, great videography, great music, but the plot was kinda blah.  I enjoyed it anyways and had lovely company!

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Later on that evening I went to church.  They normally do rock music, which I love.  But this time they did something a little different with a violin.  They’re really awesome musicians.  I couldn’t upload the video unfortunately – they were spectacular!!  So I’ll just leave you with this large, blue picture!  😀

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Tuesday morning I got to meet a super fun student in the Fox Sports building downtown.  The architecture is really neat inside.  Outside is a bunch of old European architecture and inside looks like the future LOL.

Tuesday night I went to Williamsburger with friends.  Heisenburger was one of the only burgers I liked here until Williamsburger happened.  I’ll still be going to both as they’re both amazing!  The food is delicious and I like the ambiance as well.  There was a cool musical 5 second beer video but it was thwarted by WP wanting me to upgrade.  Fair enough hahahaha!  I won’t upgrade but I do love WP! 😉

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Wednesday I got to eat lunch with some other awesome folks and got invited to a Happy Hour next week in a popular bar in a ritzy hotel so I’ll let you know how that goes!!

Thursday I trained again.  I love the motivation I get from the team.  We had a nice, clear night in the park under the moon.

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Today I taught my students at their house, (the ones who took me to the movies above), and they cooked me these gourmet pizzas with spinach and onion, and eggplant and olives.  NOM!

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I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I defaulted to good ole hot dogs, potato chips, cookies, and beer!  I’ve been eating milanesas daily so I really needed a break.

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Tomorrow I do ministry training for the college group I’m starting to lead this month, so I’ll leave you with one last Bible verse.  If you can read it, you’re blessed.  Hahahaha!

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