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My last time in Buenos Aires

Just got back from my trip to Buenos Aires- I had a blast! When we went to BA for orientation at the very beginning of the program, we saw a lot of stuff, but it was all done on a tour bus that took us from place to place. This time, we were on our own, and it was super  fun to explore the city without “supervision”. On Friday we got in and explored the bars in Palermo, a nicer part of the city that’s very pretty. On Saturday Argentina faced off against Belgium in the mundial, which was what I was most excited for on the trip. Although it was raining pretty hard, a few of us went to a big plaza to watch. For every game, they put up giant screens in a few main parks and plazas, and hundreds of Porteños gather together to watch and hinchar for Argentina. Despite the rain, there was a pretty good turnout, and we had a great time cheering, singing, and painting our faces blue and white- well I guess that last one was just me, but oh well :) After the win, everyone flocks to the Obelesco, a central monument in the city that looks a lot like the Washington Monument in DC. It was honestly one of the coolest moments of my semester; definitely something I won’t soon forget. Hundreds and hundreds of argentines gathered together to sing all kinds of songs, play the drums and trumpet, and just be jolly and merry together. There were all kinds of costumes there, including Santa Claus, and the environment was so contagious that one couldn’t help but join in the celebrations. It reminded me a lot of how Green Bay was the night after the Packers won the Super Bowl- except that the Argentines do this after EVERY win :)
That night, I finally experienced a boliche in the capital. The club was called Terrazas (terraces), and a good portion of it was outdoors. Unfortunately for us, the terraces were closed that night, but we still had a great time.
Sunday we went to an artisan market in Recoleto and after went to a show called Fuerza Bruta. It was really awesome- a kind of Cirque du Solei-type performance with all kinds of weird dancing and strange sets. At one point there were even people swimming around in a pool hung from the ceiling!
On Monday I went to Zoo Lujan, one of the only zoos in the world where you actually can be in the cage with the animals and pet them! It was a little scary getting up close to lions,
tigers, and bears (oh my!), but I was pretty happy at the end of the day. After that I went to a tango show at a place called Café Tortoni. It was a great performance with incredibly talented dancers, and it made me realize I still have a looooong way to go if I ever want to go professional 😉
On Tuesday I had a day to explore the city on my own. I went to San Telmo to see people dancing on the street and after to Puerto Madero to walk along the beautiful boardwalk. After chatting with the tangueros and telling them about my tango class this semester, the bailarina invited me to dance- I was pretty awful, but I still enjoyed dancing with a semi-professional! I ended the trip watching the disaster of a game that was Brazil vs. Germany and feeling terrible for all my intercambio friends.
Now it’s back to Mendoza to spend a few days living in an apartment with some Brazilians I’ve met at UN Cuyo and getting ready for my parents to visit! I’m really excited to show them everything I’ve been experiencing this semester and to introduce them to all the wonderful people I’ve met here- I just hope I don’t get too tired translating!
Hasta luego,
Ben

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