In the first week back to Buenos Aires after the two week trip south, I've been keeping busy and getting back into a sort of routine. I say sort of because now that I live in a different area, on my own for the first time, it's a whole new process that I need to get used to. I'm still figuring out what time I need to leave in the morning for work, and I keep getting in way too early. However, if I leave even just a few minutes later, I risk getting stuck in the subway with a million other people.
This week saw intense heat in Buenos Aires, but it finally started to rain yesterday, and is continuing today and maybe for the rest of the week, so the discomfort of that heat wave is shortly over. I have air conditioning in my apartment now, but try not to use it unless it's totally necessary. On Monday I went for my first run in the parks here, and it was good but also showed me that I need to get back in shape. I just did one lap around the lake after a long day of work and in extreme heat and humidity, but I feel like I should be able to do at least two laps with ease.
Getting back to work has been good. I've been swamped every day and had barely any time to breath, but it's also been good to help get back in the swing of things. And after all, I enjoy what I do, so I can't complain. The job is my main source of consistency here and it's helpful to have that schedule in mind.
Tomorrow my friend Lauren will be arriving from Ecuador. Her friend is joining her and they'll be staying with me for a few days as they tour the city, and then traveling around Argentina for a bit. I'm really excited to see her, as the last time we hung out was back in Cuenca in July. We were both volunteers with WorldTeach in Cuenca last year, but Lauren stayed on working independently in Cuenca. If you'd followed along last year, I traveled over much of Ecuador with her, as well as Peru, and she's a really fun person to be around.
So back to the grind, but with a twist. I'll be looking for the time to continue writing throughout the next few days.