#How far will my converses go? La Museo Benito Quinquela y La Boca

Today my group went to La Boca to see the la Museo Benito Quinquela. We saw wonderful art, the colorful houses you see when you look up Argentina on the internet, and got to go on the terrace of the museum and see the entire city from there.
I also have decided to answer the age old question of “How long will my converses last?” If you haven’t asked this it’s because you haven’t used your converses as much as I have. I wear them until I walk out of them, that includes a pair that had holes worn into the bottoms of the shoes and I still wore them after my mom bought me new ones for a christmas present (I wore them until Mother’s Day of this year when I decided I couldn’t go outside with them because the holes were too big and let rain in).
So far on this trip I’ve walked a grand total of 73,859 steps in four days… FOUR DAYS! My app (Pacer for anyone curious along with my roommates fitbit) says I’m 99.1% more active than other users…Gee I wonder why…
So I’m probably going to walk out of these converses sooner than my other pairs, seriously, one pair lasted four years. From my junior year of high school to the middle of my junior year of college. So I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m also totally going to start the hashtag of HowLongWillMyConversesLast. So join me if you so please.
Back to La Boca.
This small tourist place is not only pretty in an artsy sense, but also in it’s own unique way.
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The colors are fun and lively, there are animals running around (dogs chase cats, cats outsmart them and get away).
This town is talked about, shown in photos, and mentioned more times than not when Argentina is mentioned, especially Buenos Aires. There are professional pickpockets I’m sure, and we were advised to leave the area by 6pm (sundown/night) because it can get a little sketchy…But I digress. We all managed to find something, or discover something we thought would make a great souvenir. Unfortunately, we went late in the day and most stores were closing. But we made the most of it.
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Most managed to find Argentina Jerseys for pretty cheap, about 200 pesos with the lowest being 120 for two (they were large so the boys took them). I saw flag patches, you know the ones people sew into their denim jackets and stuff, which I’ll sew into my backpack to show where I’ve been. I got one today, but not from La Boca as they didn’t have any of Argentina when I was there. I got lucky and found it on Florida.
The shops are obviously the most visited place, but I think the Museo Benito Quinquela is underrated. It’s filled with beautiful art by Benito Quinquela and by other local artists. With an incredible terrace, which even if you don’t like art, but love to take pictures, you should venture to. There is a fee for the museum, so maybe that’s why people don’t visit, but I’m glad we did. I loved the paintings and the view.
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And don’t get me wrong, La Boca had great art all on it’s own.
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But nothing can beat the view from the top of La Museo Benito Quinquela.
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So I don’t know about you, but I would chose the museum again and then go to La Boca for the tourist stuff and souvenirs. Museums should never be passed up. They hold some of the greatest reminders and inspirations we can offer to others. Even those from other countries.
Onto the next adventure, wherever we go and however far my converses will go with me.
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The beginning of my Argentina Adventure

I took off for Argentina last Saturday (18/6/16) leaving my friends, boyfriend, family, and life behind. Most would tell you about the tears shared with family and the well wishes prior to send off but I can’t. My family and friends didn’t share a tearful good bye. Instead they wished me well and to learn a lot, in fact they didn’t even go with me into the airport. My parents had to go to a wedding which occurred a few hours before take off a couple hours away, my sister and brother in law dropped me off and left, and I visited very few friends before leaving.

I was alone, and I wasn’t scared like I thought I would be. Though I should clarify I was worried my suitcase wouldn’t make it to Argentina with me and I’d have to pay a new wardrobe upon arrival, but it arrived!

I was alone until my layover in Peru, where I met up with the others I would be studying with while in Argentina. I found three of my soon to be best friends (living together for two months can do that to people, right?)

I quickly met up with others of my group and we spent the next few days getting acclimated. We wandered around Buenos Aires, near la Casa Rosada and the Cathedral, and then around the streets of Florida, Lavelle, and other streets in the area.

We saw some political posters in the Plaza de Mayo.

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We saw the Casa Rosada (where the president works!)

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I feel the need to mention we were here for Flag Day (this is a big deal for them unlike the United States!) because it’s one of their days of independence, there’s two.

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We ventured into the Cathedral to see the tomb of San Martin.

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We say the Plaza de Mayo, where every Thursday, the mothers of the disappeared, protest for those kids were “disappeared” between 1976 and 1983. We will be going next Thursday to see them and what happens so I’ll update for that.

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We saw the obelisco de Buenos Aires.

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We found the BA hedge and proceeded to take a selfie

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Then wandered back to Palermo, via the Subte, and made it back to sleep for the night. All to do it again the next day.

On to the next adventure in Argentina!

Bienvenidos Argentina!

So I’m leaving for Argentina soon, and when I say soon, I mean tomorrow… Wow that came up really fast. Anyway, I’m all packed. My parents won’t be at the airport with me as they have a family wedding to get to and my sister is dropping me off, then I’ll be on my own for my first trip abroad. Exciting.

I’ll be gone for 7 weeks, travel to Buenos Aires, Misiones (Argentina), Rio (Brazil), and possibly a few other places. I’m hoping at least Paraguay in colonias, but we will see.

So for 7 weeks (in Argentina’s winter and preparing for the warm weather of Misiones and Brazil) here’s what I packed:

  • A lot of underwear (I have packing cubes and filled one with underwear. I’ll never run out of that)
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 5 sweaters
  • One nice shirt and a cardigan to go with it
  • One jacket (medium weight)
  • One dress (I was told to bring nice clothes or I would have left it at home because I don’t wear them often)
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • My converses (I wear these everywhere) – one pair
  • One pair of boots (for when it enviably rains)
  • One pair of flats (again I was told to bring nice clothes so sneakers wouldn’t have been a good idea)
  • One pair of Flip-Flops for warm weather
  • Toiletry things
  • A kindle (I like reading on long plane rides-Charger also was packed)
  • My laptop (and charger)
  • My camera (again charger)
  • 2 towels (I was told to bring my own)
  • 5 washcloths (obviously needed since I had to bring towels)
  • Any prescriptions (though I forgot advil so that sucks) and insurance card from my school.

I packed all of this in one suitcase, a backpack and a Travelon purse that I carry with me everywhere I go. How? BUNDLE PACKING! Saved my life and space in my suitcase. 10/10 recommend if you can unpack once you get somewhere. Not recommended for backpacking though. It would be an inconvenience in every since of the word.

Announcing Sara Schoen’s New Release: Rebellion Project and a Signed Paperback Giveaway

The Paperback giveaway ends tomorrow! Enter now!

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Signed paperback giveaway and hot new release!

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by Sara Schoen

“This book started out kind of slow and rough but then had me in tears while connecting me to the protagonist plight of wanting to be free and understood. Seriously I was caught crying and it was not pretty. The story deals with bullying, self improvement, trust, family and making amends, oh and of course finding love.” – 5 stars from Avid Reader

A new YA Romance has just released and been raved about. Rebellion Project, hit #9 in hot releases and #65 in contemporary romance on Amazon!

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Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as…

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Hot New Release

Signed paperback giveaway and hot new release!

REBELLION PROJECT

by Sara Schoen

“This book started out kind of slow and rough but then had me in tears while connecting me to the protagonist plight of wanting to be free and understood. Seriously I was caught crying and it was not pretty. The story deals with bullying, self improvement, trust, family and making amends, oh and of course finding love.” – 5 stars from Avid Reader

A new YA Romance has just released and been raved about. Rebellion Project, hit #9 in hot releases and #65 in contemporary romance on Amazon!

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*~BLURB~*

 

Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as though her life is passing her by.

When she catches her father having an affair, she throws the rulebook out the window…

Lauren realizes that even if she does everything perfectly, life can—and will—surprise you. When life throws her a major curveball, she sets out to live for herself, making the rules up as she goes and smashing through everyone else’s expectations, but she doesn’t know how to live without a guideline. So, Lauren is forced to ask her biggest tormentor for help—Kayden Daniels.

Kayden is nothing but trouble—which is why Lauren needs him so badly…

Kayden turns Lauren’s whole world upside down with a mischievous smirk and a proposition. But if Lauren wants his help to remake herself, she has to pay the price—her virginity. With no one else willing to help her, she agrees to make the trade. But when her change becomes too much to handle, will she give up or will she keep moving forward with a new reputation and a more adventurous life?

Cliques, stereotypes, popularity contests, and drama.

Some say it’s just another day in high school.

For Lauren, it’s the Rebellion Project…

 

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Cover and Trailer reveal

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Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as though her life is passing her by.

When she catches her father having an affair, she throws the rulebook out the window…

Lauren realizes that even if she does everything perfectly, life can—and will—surprise you. When life throws her a major curveball, she sets out to live for herself, making the rules up as she goes and smashing through everyone else’s expectations, but she doesn’t know how to live without a guideline. So, Lauren is forced to ask her biggest tormentor for help—Kayden Daniels.

Kayden is nothing but trouble—which is why Lauren needs him so badly…

Kayden turns Lauren’s whole world upside down with a mischievous smirk and a proposition. But if Lauren wants his help to remake herself, she has to pay the price—her virginity. With no one else willing to help her, she agrees to make the trade. But when her change becomes too much to handle, will she give up or will she keep moving forward with a new reputation and a more adventurous life?

Cliques, stereotypes, popularity contests, and drama.
Some say it’s just another day in high school.
For Lauren, it’s the Rebellion Project…

Amazon, you hit like a bitch.

This… JUST THIS! I’ve been banned from Amazon reviews for MONTHS. Even on things that WEREN’T books! That belt I liked so much I bought another one in a different color and wrote a review for gone, the ones I even had PHOTOS for evidence that I bought it and received it, gone. Amazon, simply put, I hate you and you refuse to even reply to emails. Your customer service is awful and I still blog about book despite you. All you did was eliminate a legitimate review. Congrats, you’re doing exactly what you didn’t want to preventing REAL reviews from getting through.

The Never Ending Book Basket

It’s taken me a bit of time to write this post, but I figured it’s about time to share the utter nonsense that’s happened between me and Amazon, and how a company that I once highly respected, has now become one that I have zero respect for.

I’ve thought about writing this post for weeks, what I would say and how I would capture everything that’s happened, and I’ll be honest with the fact that this post has taken on many forms, but finally I decided that it would just be easiest to state the facts.

So here it goes…

IMG_0376 This is the first email I got from Amazon. As some of you know, on February 24th I was sent an email from Amazon letting me know that I could no longer post reviews on their website, and that all of my previous reviews had been suppressed or removed…

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Out of the Ashes (book 2)

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Out of the Ashes by Kelly Hashway

5/5 stars

I have to say I love these characters, they stick with me and I finished this book in under 12 hours while I was taking classes and moving around on campus today! It was great, I was wondering about the characters while in class and hoping that they would make it through. I even read a little in class (Sorry professor!) This book gave me everything I want in a fantasy/paranormal book, with just a hint of romance that makes me beg for these characters to have a happy ending. There’s drama, love, and folklore of a mythical bird. I personally really enjoyed it, and I’m telling someone to get me a signed copy for my birthday this year! It sits with you and stands with you until the end!

There were a lot of twists and turns, some I didn’t even expect and I liked that! It was a surprise and it was fun. Sure there was some back and forth on the characters to stay together, but it wasn’t over done, which usually would kill it for me. I got the ending I wanted which makes me happy, and I got a story that made me read all day. Up until today I have never read a book in under 24 hours, and today I shattered that and read in under 12. I started around 7:24 Am and ended at 6:12 Pm. The set up for the next book tells me it’s going to be a crazy ride and I can’t wait for it! I’m hoping for a little more phoenix lore and hunter on hunter action, but we will see. Either way I’m excited and ready to start my next life (though I’m past 18) and start the next book right now… It’s like not getting my Hogwarts letter all over again!

Omen Project (Isolation, #1)

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4/5 stars
No spoilers
*given an ARC for an honest review*
Taylor Brooke provided a wonderful start to a series. Throughout the book the author left a lot of mystery throughout the book and let it take a life of it’s own. The characters were close to each other, and provided relationships through the book to carry on through the rest of the series. We watch them fight, and either survive or die, after being lied to for years. There’s so much going on. It’s beautifully done, and it answered the few questions it could without ruining the rest of the series. I look forward to book 2 when I can finally understand what is going on with the surros! If you read, be sure to remember, no detail is too small for this one.

Basic Travel (for refresher or new flyers)

Hey guys! Let me be the first to congratulate you on your upcoming trip and adventure. No matter where you are going, I’m going to give you a few pointers about air travel, packing, the airport, and the plane ride. This is meant to be more of a refresher course or for new flyers who may be panicking a little bit. So if you’re more experienced then you probably don’t need this, but I’d love comments in case I forgot something.

I recently went to Colorado and Nevada. I hadn’t been on a plane in a few years, I think about 5, and I needed a quick refresh. Thankfully, I wasn’t going alone so my dad helped me a lot. Now I’m here to help you, let’s start with packing. I’m a minimalist when I pack, for a week, I took one pair of jeans and two long sleeve shirts for the cool Colorado, and then three short sleeve shirts and two shorts for the warm Las Vegas weather. I also took my winter coat, thankfully because it snowed in Colorado and my mom brought a light sweater for the cool morning air in Vegas.

As for shoes, I took flip flops (again for Vegas) and sneakers, which I wore everywhere. I wore them to the airport and all through my trip. I mention the airport because you will have to go through security before heading to your gate, and you’ll have to take off your shoes in most cases so make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also, if you can check in before arriving at the airport and you don’t need to check a bag, then do it. You’ll save yourself at least one line for this process. We checked in online and didn’t have checked bag so we went straight to security.

What you need for security: Your boarding pass, and a government issue ID (It can be a passport or your license) – if traveling internationally, leave the license at home and just do the passport. Keep track of these at all times, they are very important.

Most airports are then a straight shot to the gates. Some, like Las Vegas, have trams AKA trains to take you to the gates. Your gate letter and number will be found on your boarding pass. If it’s not, then you can check the board of flights and find yours for the gate number.

It’s suggested to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight for domestic travel, and three hours for international travel. This gives you time to get through the line to check in, the line for airport security which trust me can take a long time, especially if you get stopped by security so they can look in your bag. As well as get to your gate, go to the bathroom before the flight or maybe grab something to eat.Either way, being early is best when it comes to flying.

What you need for a flight: Depending on the length a lot. I had books downloaded and read like the wind through flights. Other things, video games, music, a neck pillow (if you use one), sudafed and nyquil (if you’re my father), Dramamine (if you get motion sick), a laptop, ect.

Flights can be full, cramped, and just uncomfortable. I sat next to my parents so I could move around a lot and lean on one of them. I wouldn’t do that to a stranger.

When you put your carry on in the overhead bin, you want to put it close to you. Though you have to be careful, some people will put their stuff in the overhead bin way before their seat. Look for your section and put it as close to you as you can, don’t be my father and put it behind you. It makes unloading the plane even longer.

If you have a connection, you can ask the attendants at the desk in the main airport where your next gate is if you’re easily turned around, and then wait for your connection. I would suggest about two hours between connections if possible to account for possible delays on either side. Again, being early is best for flights. If you’re late you can miss your flight, if you’re on time then you’re panicking through security or the connection between flights.

If that is your final destination, then enjoy your trip and just follow the signs out to the airport exit.

 

Safe travels! Enjoy your time!