From LAX to DFW to EZE
You know, I should have learned by now that I always think I have more time to get things done than I actually do. I was planning on writing a blog post the day before I left the country, but obviously that didn’t end up happening. So, now, i’m writing it on the plane to Dallas. Let’s hope I remember to post this during the layover.
It’s interesting to think about where I am in my life right now. I mean, I’m on a plane about to spend 5.5 months in another country. The me three years ago could barely comprehend finishing high school, let alone going to a university so far from home and spending an entire semester in Argentina. It’s honestly really mind-blowing when I think about all the opportunities that I have been afforded in my life. I am very grateful to everyone and everything that has helped me get to this point! Special thanks to my mom for being the universe’s number one human being. Thanks for spending all night packing with me and for helping me go minimalist. Even though my definition of minimalist is apparently two checked bags and a backpack…at least I attempted.
I’ve been expecting to feel some sort of nervous anticipation prior to my arrival, but so far I don’t really feel anything of the sort. I feel like it hasn’t hit me that I’m going to be gone for so long. I guess I can just see what happens when I get there.
Interesting tidbits so far:
I was almost not allowed to check into my flight because I don’t have a visa. For those who don’t know, you need a visa for Argentina if you are staying for over 90 days. My university will be providing it when I get to Argentina, but I currently don’t have one. Thankfully, once I explained the situation, a helpful LAX manager let me check-in (and cut the huge line!!) That was an exciting little adventure, and I made it to my gate with 30ish minutes to spare.
An Argentine man is sitting next to me on the flight to Dallas. He’s reading a novel that is making me wish I had brushed up on my Spanish before this trip. I even forgot to download a Playlist of all of my favorite Spanish songs. All I can say is you live and you learn?
that’s all there is for now, folks. Stay tuned.
Edit: I’m in Argentina! My layover in Dallas was approximately 3 seconds long, so I had no time or wifi to post this entry. And I still haven’t quite figured out how to use this thing either. I’m editing this entry on my phone right now, so if the formatting ends up all weird that’s why. I’ve been here for less than 12 hours and have done little else besides unpack and sleep, so there’s not much to describe about my experience so far. Except that’s not really true at all because I actually drove around Buenos Aires with my host mom for like 3 hours. We ran some errands with her son, and I got my money exchanged and an outlet converter. It probably would have been a really nice chance to see the city if I wasn’t half delirious and falling asleep every other minute. My host mom is incredibly nice and thankfully speaks 5 million languages(including English). I have two other people living with me that are also from California. They’re really good at Spanish, so hopefully they can show me the ropes. That’s all for now!