I’m on an airplane right now, heading from El Calafate to Bariloche in southern Argentina. Remember, I’m in the southern hemisphere, so the more south you go, the colder it gets. In fact, I was in a place last week that they call the “end of the world”.
I don’t really get that to be honest. Is there really an end to the world? I thought it was round. And Antartica is right there too. Hmmmm, do you think the whole “end of the world” thing is just a way to get more tourists to come here? If you answered yes, you would be correct sir!
The point of this blog? I want to share a funny story.
Cojer. That means “to grab”. I learned Spanish in Spain. There they cojer everything. They cojer money from an ATM. They cojer a beer. They cojer a bus. Cojer, cojer, cojer.
So when I arrived here, I started asking questions… Excuse me senor, do you know where I can grab some money from an ATM? Excuse me, ma’am—do you know where I can grab bus #15? Hey pretty lady, wanna grab a coffee? All of this…using the word cojer, like a good Spanish student.
PROBLEM: In Argentina, cojer means “to fuck”.
I didn’t find this out until about the 4th or 5th day. And when I did, I couldn’t help but to laugh at the thought of what I sounded like with my broken Spanish and my Gringo accent…
Excuse me senor, do you know where I can fuck some money?
Excuse me ma’am, do you know where I can fuck a bus?
Excuse me pretty lady, wanna fuck a coffee?
Of course, it still literally means “to grab” but it’s NEVER used like that here. So they just laughed, and answered me. Nobody told me how dumb I sounded.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I have another week down here in the Pantagon. Which basically just means the southern area of Argentina: snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers, and high prices. I’m with a buddy I studied with in Holland 10 years ago. He works for the Spanish national airline, so he gets free tickets all over the world. He spontaneously came to visit me and we’ve been traveling together for the last 10 days.
On the 15th, I return to Buenos Aires. I will stay there for at least a few days, doing some stuff I missed out on. Then I’ll hit a few more places I want to visit in Argentina (in the north). Then I’ll be heading to Peru for my last month. No Chile, no Bolivia. Just not enough time.
I’ve decided to create an online guide to Peru with video for my next business. Manuel and I have been doing a practice run here in southern Argentina and we’ve gotten quite a positive response—including free beers in one location! So, I think that’s my next business. Not sure what it will be called yet. Keep ya posted.
I’m outta here. Hope you are good.