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Manning the homefront

Time June 20th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So since I basically spent the first month of my time “in Buenos Aires” traveling outside of Buenos Aires, I thought I should finally take some time to just relax in my first 2 weeks of April. Also, I should probably start figuring out how this works before I can consider traveling again. There is so much to see right in Buenos Aires itself. Buenos Aires is a city of polarities, it has some of the most intelligent students I have ever met, and yet it has some of the most inefficiencies I have ever seen. It also has polarity in things to do, between its natural oasis in Tigre and its color streets in Boca. Read More »

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Vino for mio

Time April 17th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So here’s the thing in Argentina: You go to a restaurant at the normal Argentine hour of 10pm because of course that’s the normal time to eat dinner. You sit down and the waiter starts taking your drinks order, and he asks if you want wine or water. In Argentina, despite the fact that the drinking water is completely safe, they only offer you bottle water. Each bottled water costs 70 pesos, con or sin gas, so the other drinking option of wine is 30 pesos for a copa. I sit there and think, well since it is only half the price, and I am in Argentina, vino it is then. Thus starts my grand Argentine drinking problem, where I personally blame the country because the alcohol is cheaper than the water, and as an economics major, I have to choose the most economic option. The best place to get this lovely vino is Mendoza, the wine city of Buenos Aires. This lovely city is located all the way on the other side of Argentina right next to the Andes mountains that border Chile. Mendoza is also known for its gauchos in the Andes mountain where they have plenty of wine and horse riding. Read More »

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How to take a random trip to Cordoba

Time April 12th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So within the first month of Study abroad, we came upon our first break, easter break! To be honest, I think most of us needed this vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, classes and dealing with real life problems like the subte. People took advantage of this opportunity to go to tons of really cool places, including Mendoza, Iguazu falls and Bariloche. My friends and I decided to take a trip to Cordoba. Like most things in Argentina, this trip was planned very very last minute, like 2 days before we went on the trip. We literally sat in a coffee shop, found a bus to get to Cordoba, went to the bus station Retiro, and bought our bus tickets. We had no idea what to expect, we just knew we wanted to go there. Read More »

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How to do a South American Concert

Time April 4th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So this week started off kind of rough, but all study abroad experiences have days that are up and down. This week we started classes, and I started taking an economics class at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella which is alot harder than I thought.

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I was also having a general rough time with scheduling, because the concept of add/drop period doesn’t exist. The best way to have ended my week was going to a big concert, like Lollapalooza. This will be my first music festival in South America. So here we go, this is a how to concert in South America.

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How to Uruguay my way

Time March 22nd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Within two weeks of being in Buenos Aires, I really thought I started to get the hang of things in the city. I finally figured out how to exchange money, where to find good food, and how to work public transportation. It was then, that IFSA-Butler decided to whisk us away to Uruguay for a beach vacation. Our plan was to head to Colonia to see the town and visit Mario’s house. Then, we would head to Punta del Este where we would spend the remainder 3 days lying on the beach and forgetting that we had to start classes eventually. Uruguay can be a confusing little country, and people might under-appreciate the value of this small country. The trick is to turn this vacation into your own and make the most out of the country, even when it rains. Read More »

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Lost in Translation

Time March 10th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

 

Within one week of being in Buenos Aires, what have I learned? I’ve successfully learned how to get lost. This whole week and had many episodes of getting lost and being a hot mess as a result. In fact, I do not think I showed to any event on time because every time I tried to find directions, in some way I went down the wrong street or I was holding my map upside down.In addition, I had to figure out how to get a working phone and exchange my money in one week. This only added to my confusion in the chaos of Buenos Aires. The upside to getting lost: you discover new things. Believe it or not, getting lost turns into an adventure and I’ve learned to have fun getting lost in Argentina. I have also learned to get lost in the spanish and culture of Buenos Aires.

Within the first couple of days, we were required to learn a basic Buenos Aires skill, public transportation. This means riding los colectivos(buses) and el subte(the subway). In order to ride such machinery, we were given subte cards with give us access to basically all public transportation in Buenos Aires. Every morning that we get up for Orientation, riding the subte is usually close to a disaster because it becomes the most claustrophobic 15 minutes of my life. The buses and subtes are always hoppin’ with performers on the occasional subte and at night people fill the buses after coming home from a boliche(club/bar).

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I would have drowned getting lost in Buenos Aires if it were not for the orientation program from IFSA-Butler. In the chaos of finding a phone and trying to exchange money, they provided a positive attitude to the situation. Starting Orientation kind of felt like starting college or high school all over again where your biggest concern of day 1 is who your gonna sit with at lunch. I couldn’t help but cope through some of my problems by singing taylor swift songs in my head(in case you’re wonder, it did help). Orientation gave me a sense of direction starting with giving us a home base as we started galavanting through Buenos Aires. It also brought me out of my comfort zone by bringing me to interesting shows where people dance in a tank right above you and smash cardboard boxes on themselves.

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It also helped us find cool different places like Recoleta Cemetery, Let me tell you, these Argentinians party so much that death does not do them part. This cemetery literally looks like an actual ghost town, where you could imagine the ghosts coming alive and dancing through the night because the graves look like stores or mini houses.

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The scenery around Buenos Aires is beautiful and one thing I absolutely love about this city are its colors and diversity. The architecture, as I have learned, actually comes from three influences: Spanish, Italian and Middle Easters/muslim. I have found beauty in the midst of getting lost in Buenos Aires because the most unlikely places end up having the most beautiful art, For example, on the main street in Palermo Santa Fe, there is a small strip in between the traffic lanes which has an open book store. On the walls around the open book store there are book covers painted which are absolutely breathtaking.

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The other great way to get lost is to simply just start walking in a direction and not stop. With this method, I came across the parks of Palermo, and there are many parks. It is so amazing to find in one area of Palermo nothing but heavy traffic and vendors, and in the other area find ponds with ducks and dogs cohabiting. As I kept walking, I even stumbled upon a planetarium which was beautiful and the area around it had many bikers and rollerbladers strolling through the parks.

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Finally, I had the courage to stretch beyond Palermo to San Telmo, a market held every sunday. More than 1000 vendors populate the streets of this town celling antiques such as food, clothes, jewelry, furniture and more. The day outside was warm and it made me never want to leave the market. At one point we stopped on the side to decide where we wanted to eat. A waitress from a nearby restaurant told us about their tango show, and gave us front trow seats. The tango put the icing on the cake to being in Argentina, which is most known for its tango. It was something so amazing to stumble upon.

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With all these adventures, I came to the end of my first week in Buenos Aires. So what are the lessons in all of this? First, to not freak out so much over things like exchanging money and getting a phone. It will happen eventually and I should not freak out. Second, to look around and find beauty in the smallest places.Lastly, to enjoy getting lost, meaning to enjoy finding new adventures.

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Hasta la Vista

Time February 29th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Argentina, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

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How would I describe my life…2 words…loving and dysfunctional. Anyone who ever said my life was perfect, you are absolutely wrong! In fact, I spend most of my days today looking up the countless diseases in south america and listening to the song “dumb ways to die” thinking they could all happen to me when I study abroad. I got a shot today for yellow fever and I cried because I am still afraid of shots. But in my heart of hearts, I’m ready to go abroad.

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These pictures with my amazing friends are just pieces in my puzzle. But there is still something incomplete, a piece of the puzzle that I am still missing. I have to find that answer while I galavant across a new location, no matter how many scary things I might come across. The truth is, I have begun to take for granted the small things that I love in my life, and I no longer know how to order my priorities “friends, waffles and work”(Leslie Nope). I want to meet people who will bring me the confidence I always knew I had, but never had the guts to go after. 

img_1176-1 Of course, Some people who were absolutely necessary in my puzzle was my family. Ahh yes, my lovingly disfunctional family. They always took care of me and now I need to start learning how to defend myself. This way, maybe my dad will stop calling me just to tell me to look both sides before I cross the street. And maybe my mom will stop calling me everyday to make sure I ate a healthy lunch. Now, it’s time to call myself a strong independent person( or atleast start).

 So here we go… Buenos Noches USA &… Buenos Dias Buenos Aires

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