Seeing Off Friends

4 Apr

On Friday night my friends Dan and Valerie had a going away party. They’ve been in Buenos Aires longer than I have and are now starting to make their way home. They’re leaving this afternoon on a bus from here to Lima, Peru, which will take three days. Then they’ll continue the trip home. flying to Florida and then finally back to Utah.

I met the couple like I’d met many other people here, through contacts and friends of friends. We had some good times together and it’s too bad that they’re now leaving. We started off the night at their apartment in the Microcentro and then went to a bar they liked in San Telmo. The bar, which I think was simply known as “The Red Door,” had a small upstairs area with dark lighting and a cool vibe. Good music was playing and there was a constant steady amount of people there.

I noticed that it was probably the last time I could get away with going out in just a T-shirt, as autumn chills have now officially set in. By the time I was heading home it was straight up cold and I was shivering. At the same time of saying goodbye to Dan and Valerie, a new friend named Brian came by. Brian is a friend of my buddy Lucho in Cuenca. They’re both from the same town in Maine, and Brian is going to be here for a few months teaching English before making his way up to Guayaquil.

It seems like I’m still going to be bouncing around week to week meeting people, and there’s just no way around that. The rest of the weekend has gone by pretty low key. I think I got in my last runs of the season this weekend, ending on high notes. On Friday and Saturday morning I ran about 4 kilometers each time, and today when I went out it was clear that the temperatures had dropped considerably. So much so that everyone was out in winter jackets.

Today is just a lazy day, maybe meeting up with some other people for dinner, but who knows. Then back to work tomorrow.

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