Need a Pep in Your Step?

Hello!

I have been a neglectful blogger as I am promoting my video to be Chief World Explorer for Jauntaroo – which you can still vote for by clicking like here! You can vote once a day! This is the dream job!!! So please lend a hand???

OK, back the point, I have been pushing this pretty hard and so I figured that PLUS blogging was a lot and I don’t want to overwhelm people.

I have, however, missed this blog so much! I realized I haven’t updated the Soundtrack in a bit and there are some songs that MUST be added. So, here a few that have been on repeat for some time. I hope they brighten your day!

Besote

Perotá Chingó – Anhelando Iruya

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Tensixties – Buenos Aires del punto de vista de los Gringos

Hindi Zahra – Stand Up

Bebe – Razones

Perotá Chingó – Rie Chinito

Wild Belle – I’m In Love

LORDE – Royals

Rudimental – Waiting All Night feat. Ella Eyre

Ok – I believe that is enough for now :). More to come!

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Jams to Make Her Dance

I know I have been absent the past couple of weeks. But, my life has been crazy hectic recently. It is despedida (farewell) season here – so my nights have been filled with goodbye dinners and drinks/spanish class – homework/ and a few other side projects.

Gah! All right, I’m aware that I have the rest of the road trip north to cover, and cover I will, but first here are a few of the songs that made up our “Salta, It’s Natural” playlist 😉

You should probably learn every song, and then sing along as loud as you can, while dancing like it’s nobody’s business!

Enjoy!

1) LION BABE – Treat Me Like Fire

2) Nene Malo – Como Me Gusta la Noche

3) Los Abuelos de la Nada – Mil Horas

4)Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

5) Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)

6) Los Autenticos Decadentes -Besandote

7) Klezmer feat. Reagadelica ( Original Mix ) – Pizeta

8) Soko – I’ll Kill Her

9) Bon Iver – Skinny Love Remix

10) Niki & The Dove – Mother’s Protect (Goldroom Remix)

Libations Please

Alright, I am over neglecting my blog! As you know over the past two months I have been busy putting my life together and now it’s time to start living again!

I was looking through my earlier posts and realized that I have yet to really touch on the night life here in Buenos.

Shame. On. Me.

This is the city where calling it “an early night” means getting home at 4am, where a typical night will have you walking in your front door as the sun is coming up. It’s also a town full of great bars and boliches (discotheques) suited for what ever scene you are into. I am heading to a new bar tonight and I will give you my opinion of it soon :).

I haven’t decided which day of the week I am going to roll this out on – but if I have “Real Talk Sunday” I better have “Libation Monday (or Tuesday etc . . . ). Maybe I will call it “Thank the Heavens it’s Friday”. . . Well, whatever I decide to call it, it’s coming.

On that note, enjoy your Friday!!

BsAs Soundtrack – Revisited

*** Update! OK, soo I hope you didn’t think that I forgot to update this bad boy did you? Below you will find the original post and I have added a few more jams to the mix … Enjoy :)!***

Helllooooo!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I am afraid I got hit with a summer cold.. booo 😦

Anyway, I thought I would share with you some of the songs that have made up my “BsAs Soundtrack” thus far. Hope you enjoy!!

1) Asaf Avidan – One Day

2) La Pregunta – J Alvarez

3)Calle 13 – La Vuelta al Mundo

4) The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather

5) Local Natives – Sun Hands

April 23, 2013

6) Gustavo Lima – Che Chere Che Che – or as some may prefer – “dulce de leche dulce de leche che che che 😉

7) Michel Teló – Ai Se Eu Te Pego

8) Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

9) Shakira – Loca

10) Tribalistas – Ja Sei Namorar

11) MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds

“Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam, Oley Oley Oley”

The 3rd of April marked the beginning of my 4th month here! So how did I celebrate? I went to a music festival that’s how!

I mentioned in my previous post that I had a friend return to BsAs and he was kind enough to take me, along with a friend he met during his travels, to the Pepsi Music Festival. Ahhh – it was incredible! I knew Argentinos loved their Rock and Roll, but I had no idea just how MUCH they loved it, until this night. It was nuts! Here was the line-up (well at least the acts I saw)

– Alabama Shakes – Always delivers! She is such a beast!

– The Hives – Not too familiar with their stuff, honestly we spent the whole time in the “beer tent” during their set. I will say, their attire (top hats and suits) were kickin!

– The Black Keys – Te amo the Black Keys! While their interaction with the audience was minimal (perhaps due to the language barrier?) they put on an a great performance!

Annnnnnnd the highlight of the evening???

– PEARL f’n JAM!- This was my first time at a show of theirs and I was floored. Hands down, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I have seen some amazing acts. Eddie Vedder is a man of the people. They way he worked the crowd, attempted to speak in Spanish, his genuine gratitude. I have been to some pretty crowded/crazy shows before but this tops them all. There had to be over 50,000 people there. You literally could not move to your left or right – there was only space for one movement – jumping!

Special shout out to these two crazy fools for a great time, and Ro, thanks for the ticket and protecting me during the mosh pits!

Buena suerte chicos 🙂

Ilan, Ronen y yo

Ilan, Ronen y yo

Left Foot, Right Foot

Gah! I know I have been a lazy blogger this week. I did not, however, forget about “Real Talk Sunday” – I was deliberately silent. Sometimes silence is the best way to go. I promise to be better 🙂

Sooooo, on that note. I finally went to a “milonga” this week. Que es? A milonga is a place you go to dance tango. The night usually starts with a group lessons, everyone in a circle, moving counter-clockwise. After a few hours of everyone bumping into each other you’re set free to explore the moves you just learned.

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I wish I could provide more photos but my camera died

I have been really wanting to go to one but I haven’t really had the chance – until now. (insert dramatic movie man voice)

At La Catedral you have two options, pay just for entrance or pay for entrance including lessons. Not knowing what to expect, I was feeling a little shy, so I bought an entrance only ticket. But, once we walked into the main hall and I saw everyone in the circle, I had to I turn around to pay the extra 20 pesos to join in.

Now, let me give you some background here. I love, love, love to dance. But, dance and I have some issues. If you can recall my post about my sprained ankle, I lack what some would call grace. And when I dance, I can’t move my feet.

It’s so shameful. My mother once said “Son, you’re all hips and no feet.”

Super sad day.

All hope is not lost though, I am determined to find a style that my feet can get along with.

Could tango be THE ONE?! *side glance*

So armed with a smile I joined the ranks, optimistic that grace would find me. What happened was pretty comical. It was so crowded. Everyone was trying to watch the instructors and move at the same time. The result?  A lot of stepping on toes and the backs of heels – paired with the occasional shoulder jab.

After awhile my partner and I grew tired of being tossed around and rejoined our friends. I was pretty impressed that despite the loud music and the shouting from the instructors, we could still have a conversation and not feel forced to yell at each other. The atmosphere was great!  From the outside it doesn’t look too special – you walk in the front door, go up some dingy stairs, cut down a hall and then you are enveloped in a large dimly lit, romantic room. If you are looking for fancy, don’t bother coming in. If you want a slightly deconstructed, artsy, sexy vibe – this is your place.  There also seemed to be a good mix of both foreigners and Portenos as well. If you are not interested in dancing there are a good amount of tables where you can sit, order a bottle of wine and dinner.

FYI – if you are a part of the vegetarian clan, get ready to cry tears of joy. There is no meat in this kitchen. What?! Yes, veggie restaurants are hard to come by here, and this is one of them. Oh that’s not all, if you have been out in BsAs you know that things can get a little smoky, well not here; smoking is not allowed in the building. So, you can breathe easy and eat yo veggies 😉

After the lessons were over, the dance party started and I  found myself back on the dance floor. I was lucky though, the guy was a great lead. I can’t stress enough how wonderful it is to dance with someone who knows how to lead. They can really make you look good. So thanks to him, I may have still been tripping over my feet, but there were definitely moments in which grace seemed like a possibility. 🙂

I have a feeling I will be back.

*** If you are interested in heading to La Catedral here is the website. Should you really want to take advantage of the lessons I would recommend getting there around 7:30 when it is less crowded.***

BsAs Soundtrack

Helllooooo!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I am afraid I got hit with a summer cold.. booo 😦

Anyway, I thought I would share with you some of the songs that have made up my “BsAs Soundtrack” thus far. Hope you enjoy!!

1) Asaf Avidan – One Day

2) La Pregunta – J Alvarez

3)Calle 13 – La Vuelta al Mundo

4) The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather

5) Local Natives – Sun Hands