So... i got here in one piece!
Where do i start? First of all i should really apologise to you all for not updating this sooner, but things have been non stop and i´m loving it!!
After much confusion at the airport, i eventuawlly managed to say goodbye to Kate and the family and was ready to start my 6month adventure. First stop, Buenos aires!
As i passed through security, the enormity of what i was actually doing finally hit me and emotions crept to the surface but were forced back down as when looking for my gate number, it read...Gate Closing! I then had to run all the way stoping only once for breath! My backpack proved to be quite heavy so the rest was needed!!!!
As i arrived at the gate, i could not believe my eyes when there was still a bloody long queue!
On finding my seat, i was sitting next to a, what looked like, friendly couple, who to this day, i dont know whether they are English or not! They were reading an English book but looked at me as though i were an alien when i said hello and did my squeeking girlish noises as we took off! This was when i met Paul, who i later met up with in Buenos aires.
I had another little freak out as the plane was preparing to take off! I was watching the picutre of the plans journey and saw it turn towards Kingston and point in the direction of Germany! I thought maybe i was on the wrong flight as, even though my Geography is not the best, i do know that Argentina is in the opposite direction!
Thirteen hours later and we arrive in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We werent actually allowed off the aircraft as we were delayed by about 3hours! Some guy was really ill back in Heathrow! I managed to sneak a look out of the open doors and so technically i have seen Brazil!! I had another girlish yelp and suddenly realsied, shit...i´m going to Argentina!
Another 3hours on the plane and i arrived in buenos aires! I had chosen to watch the Terminal as one of the inflight entertainments, thought it was fitting to the situation!
Stepping off the plane we walked straight into the airport building. It didnt feel like i was half way across the world, especially as we had to wait quite some time to get a visa! But i did get my first passport stamp!
Our luggage was the last out but so were we so it didnt really matter! It then finally began! Half carrying half dragging my luggage i found a little man with a sign reading "Emma Chase".
The cab journey to the hostel was amusing! Everywhere i looked people were having picnics! One group i particually remember were a group of workers, they were all sitting with their arses hanging out... lovely first impression of the country! The cabby kept trying to talk to me but only spoke spanish, this was funny for the first 15mins but got a little frustrating especially as he was not concentrating on the driving! The amount of times i thought i was going to die was unbelievable! Actually very amusing, looking back on it!
We finally arrived after what felt like another 15hour journey and i was greeted by one of the organisers of my trips. My first day here is like a blur and i didnt really do all that much, went for lunch and then slept! My second day however, was much more productive!
Today i met my tango teacher and i had my first lesson! Little did i know this was the beginning of something life changing!
Emma, Sam and i met up in my first few days and planned to go to Iguazu falls! We headed down to the local supermarket, made ourselves a pack lunch and off we went, bags on backs to the coach station! 18hours later, 35degree heat, we arrived at Iguazu! Thank god Emma had done her research and we booked to stay in a hostel with a pool! The rest of the day was spent enjoying the sun! We met up with a guy and gal we met on the coach journey and went to dinner with them! The guy was the exact image of what i imagine Alex H to look/ be like when he is older!
Early start the next day and we were off to the falls!