I lived in a student residence in Buenos Aires for 4 or so months.
Maybe some of the most fun months of my life.
This amazing opportunity to share a house with about 20 other people, and a bedroom with 5 others cost me $900 pesos a month (about $250 US). You can decide if thats a good deal. I think its a great deal. But then again, I have no problems sharing a bedroom.
The hostel came complete with a pool,
hammocks, a kitchen,
strict gay Brazilian owner, wireless internet, TV room, free washing machine, big meals for 10 pesos each day, and more.
Who lived there? Well it changed pretty often with some people staying just a month while others stay a year or more. But the demographics seemed to be 1 American (me!), 4 Brazilians, 3 Hondurans, 1 from El Salvador, 1 from the Dominican Republic, 5 from Argentina, 1 Colombian, 1 Mexican, many from Holland, 2 Germans, 1 Austrian, etc.
This diversity made for interesting conversations and tasty feasts from Argentina, Mexico, Holland, Germany, etc.
The best part about living here? The people. Now come into my bedroom and i’ll show you what I mean.
This photo could be taken any wednesday, thursday, friday, or saturday night around 11 or 12. See thats when we start drinking before going out.
On the odd occasion we might start a party in a more normal place like the kitchen. The best part about living with 20 some people studying different things is that someone is bound to attend culinary school. And thats why we always had a wide variety of interesting mixed drinks.
People are awake at all hours. When coming home at 6am its often possible to find someone strangely lying on the floor…
If its one of the less exciting nights such as a monday you may come home to nothing exciting but there are always people to share dinner with and talk about the day.
If its not one of those nights and its a sunday, somebody is probabl
y cooking up some ethnic food for everyone making it Mexican night, Argentine Asado, Dutch something, etc.
Even when its discovered that this paradise could is illegal and could close down any minute we are always in high spirits (if you look closely that red sign means “closed”, but is usually covered by a painting)!
What do we do when one of the bathroom is occupied? Of course we use one of the many bathrooms located on the premises.
I was very upset one night when I found people occupying my office. While it may look like a regular room it actually became known as Jason’s workspace. Consequently, I was made to answer the house phone since I was always the closest one to it, being that it was located in my office. It was always a pleasure to confuse anyone calling because they of course expected an Argentine person to answer the phone most of the time. I also took on the role of the doorman too.
Thats just an introduction to my favorite place I have had the chance to live. I was really upset to go, just like these two were on their last night.
How do we get out of here?
Here is the beginning of my post.
And here is the rest of it.