I arrived in Buenos Aires this morning at 7:55 am completely awake and alert, despite only having slept for 3 hours. All the worries that arose from my travel preparations have completely disappeared. I am the most calm I have been in months. Although these statements may come off as bragging, those that have interacted with me in the past few weeks may be relieved...I am no longer consumed by stress and could probably hold a normal conversation without mentioning my nervousness.
The most exciting part of my stay so far has been reuniting with Pedro (an Argentine friend) and his mother Amanda. I haven't seen them in 20 months, but it feels as though I returned from a short vacation. The city, however, feels much different. I once considered myself a master of the public transportation network, navigating the Guia T (bus guide/map) like a pro. Now I can't even remeber the route for the 92 bus. But apparently the only thing that has changed is me. I asked Pedro what the major differences in the landscape were, and the main thing he remembered was that the once one-way Santa Fe became a two-way street.
The main thing I am focusing on today is re-learning Buenos Aires. Pedro helped me find and use an ATM. Amanda, Pedro and I took the bus to visit an apartment she just purchased. I bought a new Guia T and have been using it to look up the apartments I've found online. By tomorrow, I should be ready to go outside by myself to register for classes. Graphic novel writing classes.