The Last Week
I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by, but it is my last week in Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, I still have 2 essays to finish before I won’t have to worry about school and my motivation is at an all-time low. I still am carving out enough time to say goodbye to the city I have come to know well and the people who have made the past 5 months of my life so enjoyable and important. I already said goodbye to most of my friends, and hopefully we will all see each other in the future. Saying goodbye to my host family is next on the agenda, and it will be sad. My host mom was the perfect balance of friendly and welcoming but also letting me have my independence and letting me live my own life, and my host brother is a good guy and has been fun to get to know. He’s helped me learn a lot of Argentine slang words that I probably won’t repeat in most company, and I’ve tried to help him improve his English too (although he already speaks it very well).
Saying goodbye to Buenos Aires itself is also going to be very difficult for me. It really has become home to me, and I feel like I have gotten to know it well. I am going to miss the abundance of cafes on every street block, the prevalence of empanadas, the extremely friendly people, and the laid back lifestyle. I have gotten to know a lot of the local shop-owners in my neighborhood and I am going to miss seeing them often. Each neighborhood I’ve been to in Buenos Aires has its own distinct identity, and I am sad I don’t have more time to get to know them even better.
I am feeling very bittersweet about going home. I’m excited to go back to Northwestern and hit the ground running on finishing my time in college and to see all my friends. However, it has been great being here in Argentina. My Spanish has improved, I have met amazing people, eaten at great restaurants, and learned a lot about Argentine culture. Although I’m sad to leave, I do feel content that I took advantage of my time here and I am going to be leaving with many good memories.