Each semester IFSA-Butler students chronicle their adventures and experiences as they live and study in different countries. Read a firsthand perspective of how cultural and educational differences shape their journey.
The typical study abroad blog consists of flashy photos and videos as well as lots of sightseeing *all eyes look towards me, yes I know, I know* But in reality, this is only half the experience.
Believe it or not, there’s actual schoolwork! I have finals coming up- one next week and three the week after (pray for me)! If there isn’t a language barrier, there are cultural barriers that you constantly have to navigate. There are the little things often overlooked- homesickness, insecurity about belonging, seeming like you’re having a good time etc. Then there are the positive things- having meaningful interactions with locals, being able to give directions to tourists, appreciating a new part of the city and discovering your new regular restaurant.
However, there are some feelings or ideas that are really difficult to put into words. That’s partially why I make vlogs for particular places in order to better convey how I’ve felt, with the aid of some background music. I feel like I wouldn’t be doing places like Iguazú or Mendoza any justice by simply calling them “incredible” or “interesting”- I’d rather have my audience see for themselves.
Hence I have another video here about my daily routine and some of the sights and sounds I regularly encounter. Like my other videos, hopefully you can get a better idea about how I’ve spent the majority of my time here in BA for what they are.
The lack of expansive green spaces in BA is what initially attracted me to the La Reserva Ecológia. But this isn’t just a typical park. As an ecological reserve, you feel as if you’re literally in the middle of the countryside, in the midst of a variety of trees and vast plains. Away from the bustling city, the contrast is enormous, with only wind whistling through the trees and the intermittent calls of exotic birds to be heard. On one side is the famous Rio de la Plata, extending out into the horizon. On the other side are the modern high rises ubiquitous to the chic Puerto Madero barrio. You are so near the city, yet also far removed. The occasional airplanes flying ahead remind you how close you are to civilization, though in a sort of bubble, adding to the eerie yet intriguing feel of the Reserve. It quickly became one of my favorite spots. Read More »
A big thank you to all those that have stuck with me this far! This is the final blog of my time in London last spring and I hope it sums up how much I loved my IFSA experience. I cannot thank the staff of IFSA London enough for fantastic excursions, wonderful teas in Pembridge Gardens, and just being incredibly cool. Love you all! Enjoy the video…