Well, I made it. After months of preparing, some panicking and excitement, I left for Buenos Aires and made it. And it’s incredible. It is everything that I wanted in a city and more; it’s beautiful, the people are extremely friendly, the food is amazing (I seriously haven’t stopped eating) and the weather is pretty perfect too. Read more
Posts from the ‘Argentina’ Category
After living in the “Paris of South America” (aka Buenos Aires) for merely a month, I am working hard to squeeze in some studying! One of my first personal goals in the adjustment to living here is to experience something new at least once a week (which is beyond easy to do here by the way!). There is an unbelievable amount of museums, plazas, parks and everything else in between; after all, this is the capital city, and there is such a wealth of culture and history to experience. Therefore, in this blog I decided to give a very typical example of how my friends and I spend our free time here and try to demonstrate how entertaining daily life really can be. That being said, I give you a daily guide for a very (above-average) average week in the City of Good Air. Read more
During my study abroad experience I have tried many different foods, but here is my list of the top 5 things that you must eat in Buenos Aires!
1. Ice cream. This is no joke. As someone who works at an ice cream shop in the U.S., I like to think of myself as an ice cream aficionado, and the ice cream in Buenos Aires is top of the leader board. There are countless flavors: some common like strawberry and others not so common. Regardless, the first thing you should do upon arrival is hop over to the freddo (an ice cream shop) and treat your taste buds.
It’s inevitable that you will experience many difficulties when studying abroad, but if it weren’t a challenge, you wouldn’t be learning much. To be blunt, everything’s difficult at first and everything’s an adjustment. However, every day it gets easier for me to forget what was good about life in the States and allow my current reality to mold my future self.
I have been in Argentina for almost five weeks. I now feel right at home and see something new every day. Several weeks ago we started our intensive month of Spanish courses at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Our class schedule is usually Monday through Thursday 9:30-3:30, but lucky for us, or unlucky for the achievers, there have been two feriados, national holidays, already during our short time in Córdoba. Between not having class on Fridays and holidays in the middle of the week it has been a little hard for me to tell where the work week ends and the weekend starts, but by no means is this a negative aspect of my study abroad.
In my first few hours in Buenos Aires, I was blissfully unaware of the awesome lifestyle change that I was about to experience. After finally meeting my host mom, she brought me to my quaint apartment in a neighborhood called Recoleta: a relatively calm area, if I dare describe Buenos Aires with using that word whatsoever. During the taxi ride there, I wonder how I must’ve looked to this woman. Probably like a 5-year-old looking out the window to see snow for the first time. Born and raised in the Midwest, the big city hustle and bustle is unfamiliar to me to say the least. This is where the culture shock sets in. The first thing I remember thinking is that this city is so full of life. Unlike the metropolitan cities I’ve seen in the U.S., Buenos Aires is full of… trees. Everywhere. And parks. It’s like the best of both worlds.
A week after leaving the states I have arrived at my final destination, la residencia de Krause in Córdoba, Argentina. Over the past week, six fellow international students, two ISA staff members, and I have been touring two of Argentina’s most popular cities; Buenos Aires and Rosario.
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
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.
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.