girls. Well, a few interesting things have happened. I guess you
all heard about the car crash, both of
them and our trip to La Boca, which was amazing to see
but a complete rip off for unwary tourists.
Laura is in seventh heaven because an
Argentinian soccer team has moved into the
hotel. Her jaw is constantly on the ground every time one of them
walks by. Itīs not hard to keep
Andrew has been trying to take everyone
out with arm swings. He was trying to point
out where he was going to go and swung an arm out to point in some direction
and managed to put a fist in Gabriellaīs husbandīs eye. After many
apologies and jokes he then swung an arm in the
other direction and put that in Lawrenceīs
face!! Well done Andrew.
Nikki is proving very popular with the local
guys because of her lovely blond hair.
When she wears it down she looks like Lady Godiva (excuse my spelling,
though I donīt think she will be riding any
horses in the flesh!!!!! Though I bet
most of them would not mind.) Many of the guys turn and look at her
but one guy actually stopped and spun a
360 to have a better look!!
Last night the bell boy gave me a present which
turned out to be an Agrentinian flag
badge with instructions "Do not forget me". Justin said he
would give the bell boy something in
return, like a reverse turning kick in the head!! All good
fun though. Iīm flattered. Itīs always nice to be appreciated
which Nikki, Laura and myself seem to be
getting a lot of. Very good for a girlīs ego.
Oh yeah. Shame about the rugby but us
girls were busy with other things.
P.S. Message from Nikki. Can I have a nice
photo please when you put my report up??!!
everyone, Well I have finally found the time, and a free computer
(thanks Matt) to keep you up to date on all
the happenings over the last few days, from the
girls point of view.
Yesterday we went to La Boca, as you have
read from the main report. It was
great. The artwork there was amazing. Sherylene (at this
point I have to mention that this is the hardest name for the Argentinians
to pronounce!!) saw a wonderful painting of a
traditional La Boca house entrance and
asked the price "Quanto Questa?", "$16 peso" was the
answer, we all thought that was a great
price. She decided to buy it after we had eaten lunch,
but when we returned another guy was at the stand and he told us it was
$60 peso. Must of changed the price when
they discovered we were tourists. So in
the end Sherylene didnīt get it (of course). There were so many
styles of paintings and drawings in the
market, it was great to see. Barbs found a stall with
leather masks (no, not those sort of leather masks) and bought one (Matthew
too - but we donīt need to mention him as this is the womenīs report!!!).
She also bought a beautiful "Inca Rose" (national stone) Tucan in
Yesterday we were led to believe that there was
going to be a Soccer Team party in the
ballroom (they are staying here) and Laura was VERY happy all day, but
disappointed when people started turning up for
a Barmitzva Party, and there were heaps
of 13 year old girls at the party (although Tonee was very happy).
Never mind, she always has the Bell Boy to look
at. Plus many more. I am sure that
you will have all heard by now about the crash. Poor Sherylene was
fine when she got back to the Hotel,
until we all started worrying about her, and then
the shock set in. Then the waterworks started. But these things
come in threes right... The night before
Sherylene, Lawrence, Carmenīs sister and I were
in a taxi coming home after partying, and the car in the lane beside us
crashed into the car in front of it and nearly
took us out with it!! Spooky stuff.
Then.... yesterday morning a car was driving along 9th of July Street
and tried turning the corner at approx 120km/ph.
Not a good idea! But amazingly he
narrowly missed a lamp post and managed to brake in time. Now we
have had 3 near misses it should be all over
Anyway, better go and shop (again). So
much to look at, but things seem to be so
expensive when you convert it. So Adios Amigos, keep sending more
messages, Its great to hear from you all.
Bye for now. Nikki M.
Well, as you may have read on Friday we went on a train and river
boat ride and on the way to the train station,
Laura, Nikki and myself were lucky enough
to "accidentally" bump into a troop of young argentinian navy
officers (actually we spotted them and couldnīt
resist the chance for a Kodak moment).
All of them seemed quite keen but kept on looking at their senior officers
for approval which was quite funny. Soon all the guys were bunched around
us and Laura had her hand on one of their bayonets with a very funny pose
and Nikki had two senior officers on either side of her. After a couple
of shots many kisses were distributed to the
officers at their request.
Last night Carmen, her sister, daughter,
Nikki, Laura, Lawrence and myself were taken
to a nightclub called the Coyote which was very cool. Consisting of five
bars joined together, you could hop to each one,
back and forth. Bit of advice here girls,
the 7th movement in Do San, the releasing technique comes in very handy
because the guys will grab your hand and wonīt let go. Learn it!!! Or
have tough guys around you you will put them of.
I was lucky enough to have Mr Sutrisna to
act as my personal body guard after an encounter with a rather enthusiastic
male who thought that a kiss on the lips was better than the traditional
kiss on the cheek. Watch out for that too.
Well gotta go now. There is more shopping to
do which my list includes chocolate and
FROM LAURA MITCHELL
Well hello to all our devout fans, you asked
for it so here it is. The update on what us seņoritas and seņoras are
getting up to.
Ok so even though it is supposedly 11 to 1
(females to males) we are getting along quite nicely. Yes there is the
infamous bell-boy but for all those keen to know THERE ARE MORE... yes
although not in as plentiful supply as the chicas, they are still lurking
around. As you most probably heard we had Tango lessons yesterday and, well,
lets just say that Mariano īknows how to shake that groove thangī. Also
the little strolls that we partake in with the team are well worth while, a
chance to check out the local talent and it is quite ībuenoī.
But donīt worry we are not only here to check
out the opposite sex the shopping is īestupendoī. There are dinky little
shops that sell millions of different hair accessories, along with imitation
ck one, Be, Obsession etc, so for all our close friends you know what youīll
be getting... There are many clothes shops too, and the best thing is they
donīt sell just black and grey, I can prove this one! Wait until you see
the ībrightī pink skivvy I have, it is sooooo cool.
The one thing that gets me about the shops is
that you can walk down Florida (the main shopping street) and if you see a
shop you like then you will see it again 10 metres down the road. Figure
that one out!
Now for a bit of the Argentinian night life.
Last night myself and Sherylene decided we couldnīt come to Argentina and
not get a taste of their night culture. So after meeting an ex Christchurch
University student only a couple of hours ago, we decided to give him a call
and go out on the town with the locals. Accompanied by Hong and Aaron L (of
course) we set off in taxis to some unknown little bar, about five minutes
drive from the hotel.
On arrival I felt a little out of place wearing
metallic blue vinyl pants and semi split black shirt and Sherylene also
feeling a little odd, in smart grey pants and a sparkly singlet top, when
everyone else was wearing...Jeans, yes they wear jeans to go out clubbing, I
Anyway I managed quite a few odd looks in what I
was wearing, but the night was, oh so exciting. Not being able to speak the
lingo didnīt really turn out to be too much of a problem, the little
phrases we learnt came in handy though especially īno hablo Espaņolī
meaning īI donīt speak Spanishī. It was actually quite surprising
how many guys could speak English, well I guess it could be called English,
The guys over here seem quite intense, you have
a conversation with them for two minutes and go to leave and then all of a
sudden īNo donīt leave me you are breaking my heartī or īHow would you
like a taste of the greatest latin lover you will ever meet? You donīt want
to pass up the opportunity of a lifetimeī ...
unfortunately all of them received short sharp
NOīs. Sorry girls but we were not interested.
Anyway if any of you out there would like any
more details or information on their cute little īcolasī you can email me
But Iīm sure Nikki will let you know more at a later stage, we are after
all hitting the town again tonight, and sheīs promised to send another
update for the girls. Until then all you wonderful Kiwi chicks have fun...
hasta la vista!
Hello New Zealand. Well my first time
overseas has been quite an experience so far, I have never been told by so
many guys that "I love you", and it is getting really annoying.
I know, hard to understand but trust me girls, it gets very annoying.
The shopping is excellent, a lot of great clothes shop but a bit of advice,
do not go shopping with the guys (of course) as you will only go to sport
Being a supporter is a very good idea for those
who want to go next time but are not competing. You can go and party
all night and not have to worry about getting up at 7am the next morning for
a hard training as the team had to do this morning! Yes, it is a hard
time being a supporter.
There are 70 TV channels available on the TVīs
in our rooms, a lot of them soccer and a few X-rated (which the guys love,
though they will deny it!). So itīs best for the girls to go out and
shop and stare at all the cute guys, there are a lot (not that I ever look,
Iīm not like that!).
However, must go now as there is more shopping
to be done and more guys to be had, whoops wrong way around.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Good grief. [shakes head in disbelief]
*This* is what you wanted? Shopping,
clothes, and cute butts?
No wonder my updates left you unsatisfied...
- Matt B.