I feel like I have talked about settling in and finding my groove here in Buenos Aires, but I’d like to give you a look at what an average day looks like for me. Although I do like to add some variety and keep my schedule open, this is a typical weekday in Buenos Aires:
9:00: My alarm goes off, I roll myself out of bed, splash some water on my face, and join my roommate Hanna for breakfast in the dining room
9:15-9:45: Eat a spread of breakfast goods—toast, corn flakes, yogurt, fruit, and tea. Hanna and I had mentioned typical breakfast foods we on the first day and, now, we eat these five things every morning.
(Our daily breakfast spread)
9:45-10:30: Get ready for school
10:30-11:00: Luckily, I do not have to take the bus to school and literally only walk down one street. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day (if I’m not walking behind a group of old women), though crossing Avenida 9 de Julio takes about 10 minutes every time.
(9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world)
11:00-5:00/6:00: I spend a large chunk of my day at the IES Abroad Center. Classes at IES Abroad (and more generally outside the United States) are often a lot longer than those at my home university. I will have a class for two hours, a break for lunch, and then another three-hour class. I often stick around IES Abroad chatting and using the speedy WiFi, leaving the building around sunset.
6:10: Stop at the “postres” window outside of McDonald’s a grab a 15 peso (one dollar) ice cream cone
6:30-8:30: Decompress from the day by reading a book, watch an episode of something on Netflix, and start my homework.
8:30-9:30: Sit down for dinner with my host family—what we eat ranges quite a bit, though my favorite meal thus far has been a chickpea-based soup that warmed my whole body
9:30-12:30: These hours vary day to day. Sometimes I go out with friends, sometimes I sit at home and watch a movie, and other times I am completely exhausted and fall asleep.
While it may not be the most exciting day, this is the reality of living abroad—and this schedule has really given me the sense that I am LIVING abroad not just visiting.
Now, as I have been living here for the past two months, I feel that I have some knowledge to impart. If you are interested in coming to Buenos Aires (whether for school, travel, or any other reason), I have provided a few tips that I would have love to known before coming here:
Inflation is real
Before coming to Argentina, I had heard about the economic problems and its tradition of inflation but experiencing it is something completely different. Within a couple short months, inflation has already risen causing goods and services to become more expensive. With prices already comparable to the U.S., this rise in prices can be a real blow to the wallet.
You are not near a beach
Now for someone that may be more geographically knowledgeable than I, this fact may not come as a shock. However, looking at a map of Buenos Aires and knowing that this city is a port for importing and exporting, I had convinced myself that I would be residing on the Atlantic Ocean…wrong! The river is something that you do not want to step into and the nearest beach is about four hours away.
People dress just as well as those in the States
I do not know how many blogs I read that said that same exact thing: Portenos are stylish people, so you must up your wardrobe game. However, upon my arrival I discovered that Crocs and fanny packs are commonly owned by many Portenos. Most people put in effort before stepping outside, of course, but this is not any different from what I have found in any other U.S. city.
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<p>Come one, come all on this adventure of a lifetime! I'm Elizabeth, known to many as Liz and Avocado by some. Originally from Northern California, I am currently studying Communication Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I've decided to take my education beyond the bounds of the United States and head to Buenos Aires, Argentina!! Follow me along this journey as I navigate a new country and try to remember Spanish!</p>