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 »
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 »
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 »
There are three things I need in this world: the Lord, free food and beaches. However, my last excursion fit none of those things. I went to the ever so stunning (and COLD) Patagonia in Argentina.
Where is Patagonia? Well, it’s a region in the south of the continent shared by Argentina and Chile. There’s no heat, beaches or coconuts — it’s all cold. As someone who has an intense love for beaches, you can imagine my face when my friends said we should explore Patagonia (umm… how about not). But as soon as we arrived, I bit my tongue… hard. It was INCREDIBLE.
We flew from the international airport in Buenos Aires to El Calafate, which is a smaller city in Patagonia. From there, we took the bus and arrived at our first destination, El Chalten.
El Chalten is, what in Spanish, you call a … Read More »
Some people dream of a weekend getaway with a beach and margaritas (and NO children). However, I had a weekend getaway that was nothing but children — I loved it!
My friend Aldrine, who is also studying abroad here, informed me about an opportunity to get away from the city and do something a little different. A language immersion program, EIA (English In Action), was seeking counselors to help with this camp out of the city. I had no idea that this trip would mark one of my favorite experiences here.
I told Aldrine that I wanted to jump on this opportunity and that they could sign me up. What was the job? To speak NOTHING but English to kids. I figured I could manage that. Next, we packed our bags and traveled to Brandsen. The countryside was tranquil and quiet (for the moment).
We had a … Read More »
I’ll start this post of with saying that this past weekend I saw one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen (other than the reflection in the mirror). I flew north to see the wonder of Iguazu Falls! These falls are like the South American version of Niagara Falls. My friend and I spent the weekend touring around the various points of the falls and getting to go in them. Similar to Niagara Falls, there are two sides in two different countries. A person can spend some time exploring the Argentine side or venture over to the Brazilian side for a different view. It was just the sunny and wet weekend that a person needs before preparing for what’s next.
No, it’s not all waterfalls and penguins here.
Lately, I guess you could say that I’ve been excelling at the … Read More »
After a wild couple of weeks here in Argentina, it was time to get away and celebrate Semana Santa. I needed a break from reliving freshman year and decided to take time to bond with nature. And that’s exactly what happened.
Katelyn and I set our alarms to catch a flight at the deathly hour of 5:30 a.m. to go from Buenos Aires into Puerto Madryn. I know many people hear me say that I’ll be studying in Argentina and they automatically assume that it’s bursting sunshine and warm weather —wrong. It’s no longer like that anymore, because they’re on the other side of the equator, and our spring = their fall.
It was a chilly time traveling that early. The gringo in me didn’t realize how cold it would be and packed shorts, a large towel, and all the other necessities for a beachy weekend … Read More »
I honestly have no idea where to begin. I could dedicate an entire post to my first day — that’s how intense and eventful my first week in Buenos Aires has been.
After a full day of traveling (and a flight from Miami to Buenos Aires lasting from 8 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) it was safe to say I needed to find the nearest bed (and shower). Although tough to go from flight to flight, I left the rude immigration workers and airport behind and was astonished at the view ahead.
The trees were in full bloom and the sun was bursting with warmth. It was an hour ride from the airport to the city, but the cab driver and I talked so much that the time passed like nothing. He told me where to eat, drink, and relax. I tried to play it cool, … Read More »
For those of you who don’t know, the dashing young man in the photo is me. With one more day down to go, I will soon be studying abroad in the beautiful and bustling city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
How long? For five months! (That’s quite some time to work on my tan). But this isn’t about fun and games — I’ll be taking a full course load and getting adjusted to a place larger than New York City. Will any of my classes be in English? The answer is nope, not a single one. Since Spanish is one of my majors, I am beyond stoked to soon be dwelling in the language of the Porteños (what people in Buenos Aires are called).
Even though it’s a long time to be gone, this isn’t my first time abroad. I spent my 2015 spring semester in … Read More »