Jake's Journal

I love to learn Spanish, travel in Latin America, and develop a tan — that’s why I’ll be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Keep up with my blog posts to see how a gringo like me makes it in such a diverse city.

Finals and Final Goodbyes: Part 2

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28th July

Tomorrow is it … and I can’t believe it! Tomorrow is the day I board the plane to leave beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina behind. It is difficult to think about how quickly the time passed. Finals are all done, and many of the study abroad friends I’ve made here have flown back to the U.S. As I’m writing this last blog post, it doesn’t even seem real. I can vividly remember when I arrived and had big dreams of being tan (which did not come true) and all the things I would do.

Everything in this city was so new and fresh to me, and I could not wait to get my hands on it all. It’s surreal that now I’m writing a goodbye post. Time spent inside the city has been beyond eye opening and incredible (I’m using these strong adjectives with total honesty). … Read More »

A Hop, Skip, and A Week Away…

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20th July

That’s it … one more week. I truly can’t believe this Yankee is a mere seven days closer to bidding farewell with beautiful Buenos Aires (yes, I am very emotional).

I thought the expression, “time flies when you’re having fun” was just something old people said to young people when they realized they’re getting old and time is passing. However, sitting here writing this blog has shown me how much truth there is to the expression. It’s hard not to keep asking myself where the time went. Although I’m reminiscing, I still remind myself that there is a week left (yay!) … and finals (ugh!).

If it wasn’t hard enough thinking about saying goodbye to Argentina, to make things worse, I have two more finals to get through. I’ve spent a great deal of time prepping and preparing for my exams, and when I walk … Read More »

Things Yankees Do

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6th July

So, what is a Yankee to do in Buenos Aires when finals aren’t for a couple of weeks? Well, you grab another Yankee and explore!

Every single day of this past week I’ve been out really working on my relationship with the city, and let me tell ya, things are moving fast. To start off the week, we got out to enjoy some beautiful (much needed) sunshine. It was quite tragic having to set my alarm to get up, but the views were definitely worth getting out of bed. I took the bus, and my friends and I met up in Puerto Madero. I’ve talked about this part of the city but I’ll fill you in a little more.

Puerto Madero is one of the more upscale parts of the city (very rich, to be blunt). If you’re from Ohio, you’ll understand what I mean … Read More »

Finals and Final Goodbyes — Part One

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27th June

Well, it’s been a very interesting couple of weeks, and by interesting I mean stressful. Why? One word… finals.

How am I even at the point of finals? Didn’t I just get here? Well, apparently not.

Finals came up right behind all of us, and before you know it, the going out and traveling had to come to a halt. We all have spent these past couple of weeks jamming our fingers to the keyboard to get papers in and get ready for presentations. Although stressful, finals here are a little different. When I say different, I mean quite different. For my finals with international students, I had to write a paper for one class and then make a presentation for another. The unique thing is how we get graded. Letter grades aren’t used in my university here, but numbers are. If you get … Read More »

What It Takes To Be The Ultimate Tourist

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16th June

I’ve been spending a lot of time traveling outside the city of Buenos Aires- truly bonding with nature. Trying to capture penguins (they’re friendlier in pictures), showering in the falls of Iguazu and walking on (not sunshine) but glaciers. However, it occurred to me — I’ve been a terrible tourist to the city.

After this month, I will have spent four months in this country. It definitely does not seem like that long. There are so many “cultural” things that I need to get out and see. I’ve spent so much time leaving the city that I forgot how much is truly here. So, this weekend was time for me to be the ultimate tourist.

The first part of being the ultimate tourist is looking the part — something I have thrived at. It’s safe to say I stand out here. Why do I say that? Well, … Read More »

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