New Apartment - Buenos Aires

Well, this is the second article for the blog this week. I finished up the other one quite early in the week. I am writing this one on a Friday evening, just having moved into a small studio apartment in Buenos Aires. I am now away from the safety net of the people who own the hotel that I used to stay at. Lovely people, and they’re helping me still, but I think it will be good for me to be out on my own. And, I must admit, I think I lucked out on this apartment. It is absolutely wonderful. It’s on the sixth floor and it is right on a somewhat busy street so I do continually hear cars, and buses, but, honestly, it doesn’t really bother me that much. I’ll see how it is tonight when I try to get some sleep. Although I’m yawning now almost nonstop, trying to stay up till at least 8 PM if I can possibly manage it. Very small studio but I really like it.


I joined a nearby gym, and they actually require a medical exam before they allow you to be a member. At any gym, apparently. And the physical exam, although brief, was nontrivial. They actually did a basic cardiogram, to make sure that my heart was functioning correctly. But, the gym I joined is quite nice, and about two blocks away from where the apartment is. There is a nice convenience store well, mini-grocery store directly across the street from the apartment building.

I finally started to review my Spanish today. Not unsurprisingly, it seems to be coming back quite quickly. I am starting formal lessons again on Tuesday, so my goal is to study fairly rigorously through the weekend so that when I show up to class, I don’t make a complete ass of myself.

I have unpacked my bags completely, and have found that I seem to fit into a small studio quite well. Of course, it’s not absolutely perfect, but certainly it seems to be good enough for me. If it was up to me, I would probably remove the couch, and replace it with something more storage oriented.

I believe that I am at some kind of a cusp with my 8:16 eating regimen. I have found that it is increasingly difficult to eat very much. And I am actually eating more salads now and feeling satisfied most of the time. Rarely do I feel the need for junk food or even just sugar.

I was eating quite a bit and not on my normal schedule while I was in Thailand and Cambodia over Christmas and New Year’s. And I put on 2 to 2 ½ kg. Six days in Buenos Aires following my normal schedule, and I already feel like I have dropped back down to close to 85 kg. I will check that tomorrow morning at the gym when I start, but it’s very evident to me. I can feel the difference in my body when I’m like that. My goal here is to see if I can, over the next two months, achieve sub 10% body fat if I can possibly manage it. And bulk up my arms and shoulders a little bit with muscle mass.

They have coffee sachets here – like teabags – horrible. I’ll have to go to Starbucks to get some real coffee I think.

So … now I have to buckle down to a routine. 😊

Worst problem I have is that my safe at home in the Philippines won’t open and I can’t remember where the key is. Must be really bothering me as I dreamt I had found it last night. And it was working perfectly the day I left. Arrrgggghhhhhhhh!!!!! – I am trying to visualize in my mind’s eye the house and where it might be. Not easy when one isn’t physically there.