Lost & Found

Callan Swaim
February 23, 2015
Streets of Boca
Well everyone, I am finally in Buenos Aires! Three days in and I don't even know where to start! I suppose that I will begin with my host mother, I call her "Mamucha". Early Saturday morning when I arrived, Mamucha was looking from her balcony awaiting my taxi. As soon as she saw me, she ran downstairs and I was greeted with a big hug, big smile and the welcoming traditional kiss on the cheek, I felt at home already. Since then, we have gotten into many discussions about politics, history and culture of Argentina, star gazed watching the Oscars and have looked at a paper map for countless hours (not including the other hours we have spent looking at Google Maps due to the multiple times I have gotten lost on the way home) Let's just say that I am already a regular to the locals who live 3 blocks in any direction from my apartment. No wonder it's so easy to get lost, the bustling life of Buenos Aires is no lie- my Sube card (bus pass) can attest to that after only 3 days. In all truthfulness, public transportation and getting lost can be a little nerve-racking but I have found some of the most beautiful places because of it! The first day of orientation, all of the IES students went on a city tour where we learned about the history of Argentina and saw many breath-taking (literally- it's like 90 degrees here everyday) buildings. But in all seriousness, Buenos Aires maybe considered your regular New York or Madrid-like city, but it is so much more! From the rural streets of Palermo to the birth place of Tango in Boca, there is always a sight that will leave you in complete awe. Visiting the Plaza de Mayo and the Ateneo (a beautiful old theatre that was turned into a bookstore) were my personal favorites and possibly my favorite places of all tim, now I just need to explore the other 50% off Buenos Aires! Hopefully you too can see the beauty of BA that I have found in these pictures! "We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves." - Pico Lyer

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Callan Swaim

<p>Hola! My name is Callan Swaim and I am a junior currently studying Business and Spanish. In the United States you can find me either frolicking in the cornfields of Indiana or perhaps strutting to class at Wittenberg University in Ohio, but in Argentina I will experiencing a whole new world. Stay tuned and I will take you on my adventures exploring though the life, streets, and culture of the magical city of Buenos Aires.&nbsp;</p>

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