You probably won’t see the above headline in the NYT travel section anytime soon. At least not while the supposed travel “articles” focus on little more than bickering about whether the foie gras is better at the 4 Seasons or the Intercontinental. But you’ll find it here, especially now that this past week has seen a few important developments arise regarding my current state of affairs in Buenos Aires:
1) I checked my bank account, and it’s confirmed: I have almost nothing, even by Argentine standards. I knew it all along, but either out of fear (or blessed ignorance) I avoided looking at the balance the past week or two. Which brings me perfectly into the next point:2) I’ve started teaching english, and this time seriously. I’m now committed to just over 10 hours a week. While I’ve been solicited to teach alot more, for me this is a good start. “10 hours” just reflects the actual time spent teaching – between commuting and preparation, these 10 hours can easily turn into 20. I’ll go into more detail about my English teaching gigs below, but because I want to continue freelance writing (which I’ve been trudging away at for the past 5 weeks), and I have plans to start up a mini-business with a friend of mine (I can’t go into details yet because we’re still waiting for the patent lawyers to get back to us), this 20 hour commitment is ideal.
Also, one of my friends mentioned while he loved my sharp political commentary on US foreign policy and the current state of anti-americanism in Latin America, I should, in the wise words of Bill O’Reilly (warning: link contains racy material not seen since the Monica Lewinsky files) “shut up,” and get on with the interesting stuff.