¡Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires!
After over 24 hours of traveling, I finally made it to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina! My connecting flight from Kansas City to the group flight in Newark was cancelled, so I was rerouted to fly solo to Buenos Aires from Houston. Despite the last minute change, it turned out to be for the better: there were 7 other IFSA-Butler students on my flight, and the flight time was over an hour shorter! Of course, the shorter plane ride was too-good-to-be-true, because we ended up sitting in the stationary plane for over an hour after our scheduled departure time, due to a “peculiar message that was notifying the pilot of a technological glitch with the APU system.” Perhaps I just haven’t traveled enough, but I have never heard such an enthusiastic applause from the passengers after touchdown in Buenos Aires this morning (almost an hour and a half later than expected, might I add!).
Unlike what I had expected, the staff at IFSA-Butler is giving us a couple of “transition days,” to get used to the Argentine accent, get over our jet lag, and meet the other IFSA students in the program before being thrown into our new lives with our Mendoza families. It sounds like we will be doing a lot of walking/sightseeing around Buenos Aires tomorrow and Thursday, before we make the two hour plane ride to Mendoza, where our host families will be waiting. I am excited to see Buenos Aires, but I am much more excited to meet my host family, and to finally see Mendoza, the city in which we have been planning to live for many months!