Weeks 1 and 2 - Buenos Aires

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Amanda Mohamed
September 18, 2023
Japanese Garden

Weeks 1 and 2 in Buenos Aires have been nothing short of magical. On the first day that we arrived, we unpacked, got to know our homestay apartment and host, and got to know the neighborhoods we were living in. The second day consisted of a comprehensive orientation from IES Abroad about safety, living in Buenos Aires, the program itself, and what we were to expect. Lastly, we got to finalize our class schedules and meet our cohort.

During our two weeks of orienting and getting to know the area and our schedules, we traveled to neighborhoods in Buenos Aires like La Boca, San Telmo, Tigre, and San Isidro. I have enjoyed the guided tours because we get to hear about the history of the places we are going to with a tour guide who knows the area. We had walking tours, bus tours, and even a boat ride. We also went to a percussion show (which was more like an EDM show) and got to interact with locals. I also went to some museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Latin American art.

My friend from the U.S. came to visit and I got to see her for the past three days, which has been super nice, since I am almost like a tour guide for her. She studied abroad in Argentina in high school, but had not returned back until now and had not been until the city.

In the city, I have been enjoying the food in Buenos Aires. I have tried many new dishes, including asado (barbecue), empanadas, pizza, pasta, and dulce de leche. The food is delicious and I am always finding new things to try. I am also enjoying the culture in Buenos Aires as there is always something to do. The people are friendly and welcoming, and there is always something going on. I have been to many coffee shops, stores, and other places.

Another exciting thing is that we have planned our trips within Argentina and cannot wait! I am going this weekend to visit friends in Córdoba. Then, next week, we are going to the north of Argentina to Salta. After that, we are going to Uruguay for a day trip. Lastly, we are going to Patagonia, which is the trip I am the most excited for!

Overall, I am loving Buenos Aires and feel like I fit in here. I am at the point where I feel like I know the city well enough where I have my typical lunch spots and cafes (which I have been living religiously in). It is crazy that time has flown by so fast, but I am soaking up every minute here. I'm loving my time abroad, but I am missing all my people back at home biggg time <3 I am learning a lot about the city and the culture, and I am making new friends. I am excited to see what the rest of my time here will bring.

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