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Argentina: Confronting Homesickness and the Difficult Task of Saying Goodbye

Isabel McCan is a student at University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Isabel is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires on an ISA Fall 1 program.

Bocas Buenos Aires

Seeing that ISA has varying intervals of student programs in Buenos Aires at any one time, it was inevitable that I would make friends with many of the kids who were in the program preceding mine (they got here a month earlier). So, equally inevitable, when their program ended earlier this month, I was forced to prematurely say goodbye to some really great folks. Read more

How I Hit The Jackpot With My Abroad Homestay

Isabel McCan is a student at University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Isabel is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires on an ISA Fall 1 program.

My host mom, Lili, and I!

It’s hard to say how I scored such a great homestay down here in Buenos Aires. Either the painstaking amount of time I took to fill out my housing questionnaire paid off, or ISA is just really great at putting together homestays, or fate just decided to cut me a big fat break… regardless the reason though, I’m seriously fortunate to be in such a fantastic homestay and I’m going to be bummed out to have to leave it. So what makes my homestay so totally fantabulously awesome? Well, keep reading to find out.

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5 Totally Necessary Things To Know About Buenos Aires

Isabel McCan is a student at University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Isabel is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires on an ISA Fall 1 program.

Everyday it gets easier to fit in with the Buenos Aires lifestyle! After having been here for almost two months now I feel like I have finally accustomed myself to the city. And the more I get used to it, the more I enjoy it. Got the public transit routes down, can finally understand the dialect, and I think I have even developed a *gasp* daily routine.

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How One Trip To Puerto Madryn Will Make You Reconsider Urban Life

Isabel McCan is a student at University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Isabel is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires on an ISA Fall 1 program.

The sun dried my wet feet as I lay on the shore, hearing the soft crash of waves and an occasional burst of water from the blowholes of nearby whales. When I opened my eyes and sat up, I could only see an endless horizon of blue – the deep navy of the ocean lined up perfectly below the clear turquoise sky. The city of Buenos Aires seemed light years away from me. It is the crisp and simple sights such as this that can put happiness into perspective better than anything in the city can. I pondered if I could stay here forever. Read more

Discovering Buenos Aires

Isabel McCan is a student at University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Isabel is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires on an ISA Fall 1 program.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest of secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely of places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

Walking about Buenos Aires, I quickly realized that it has plenty of secrets to offer its inhabitants. The city is a mix of culture that ranges widely from its strong European influence to its distinct South American flavor. It leaves you never quite knowing what to expect. Consider Buenos Aires comparable to New York, Paris, or any other gigantic metropolis – it is impossible to know all there is to the city. But without a doubt, everyday will bring something new.

Barely two weeks in and I have more new people, places and experiences that I couldn’t fit them all into one blog if I wanted to! Heck, my first day walking around I even stumbled upon a political protest! Here protests are not uncommon, but as an American from a small town nonetheless, it was quite the welcome to Buenos Aires!

A protest for public school funding on Calle Florida

One of my favorite parts about the lifestyle here in Buenos Aires is that the city runs on quite a different clock than I’m used to. When most American’s are heading to bed, life in Buenos Aires is just getting interesting! Dinner is always around 9:30 or 10, and everyone heads out to the bars around 11 or so, and then the boliches (clubs) open at about 3 am. I have yet to attend a boliche, but I find it wonderful to walk around at night and see a city still so alive and vibrant! Every different street (or calle) has a plethora of cafés, tiendasmercados or bars to experience, each with their own unique vibe. I’ve been to an indie rock show, a reggae bar, and too many adorable cafes and restaurants to account for. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of different places I’ve discovered so far:

Flaminia – Cafe and Heladeria in a most disturbing pink color

Cafe Bouquet – notice the older gentleman, dressing characteristic of his generation of Argentines

A building and monument off of Calle Florida

Aldonza – Reggae restaurant and bar

Tea Connection + my amiga Lauren

One of the bands at the indie rock show – called the ‘Buenos Aires Anti-Social Club’

Another unique aspect of Buenos Aires is how colorful it is! And I mean quite literally, color is everywhere! Urban murals and graffiti are tagged upon just about every wall. Some of the graffiti is admittedly low quality, but the people of Buenos Aires (called Porteños) accept graffiti as part of decorating the city and therefore it isn’t illegal. So beyond the juvenile graffiti, there is also tons and tons of beautiful and artistic graffiti and murals to see. There are even tours to see them all! There are also lush gardens and parks situated throughout Buenos Aires, vendors on the streets selling every type of good, and the unforgettable El Caminito block of the barrio (neighborhood) La Boca. El Caminito is straight out of the postcards – a mosaic of brightly colored houses and cafes with tango dancers in the street. Even at night the lights, colors, and sounds of the city emanate with force. It could be described as a sensory overload but I don’t believe there is such a thing. On that note, for my last installment of photos of this first blog I’m going to include my most colorful photos of the city:

One of the many tagged walls!

One of the colorful walls of El Caminito!

A mural in La Boca and the ISA Fall 1 Ladies!

No matter where I go in Buenos Aires, I find myself in awe of my surroundings. I’ll warn you now that my blogs will be saturated with pictures because I’m fascinated by just about everything I see here. The city and its people live life knowing its sweet and short and they don’t apologize for it. Anways, it is still hard to believe that this is hardly the first leg of my journey in Argentina. Stay tuned for more, but until then, chao!

Fruit Vendor!

Spring is coming! :)

A fountain in a garden I found off of Avenida Cabildo

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