Back in the USA

Rachel Zalkind
December 3, 2014

Música de los gauchos from Rachel Zalkind on Vimeo.

Hey! Enjoy this video I made of the gauchos playing music at the estancia we visited. I’m currently reliving the good times since gauchos don’t live here.

Incase you missed it, I made it home to Colorado a little over a week ago. It’s interesting being home! I’m finding myself stuck between loving and hating the back-home life. On one side, the experiences I’ve had in Buenos Aires have really made me appreciate the ease and comfort of home. Yet now more than ever, I have been exposed to how great it is to live somewhere new and different. I got used to hearing chatter around me that I couldn’t understand. I appreciated every new place I saw and went. I loved the challenge of everyday, mundane things.

My time in Buenos Aires was busy with classes, but nonetheless I learned more street smarts and life skills than in any given semester at my home university. I appreciate the Spanish skills, independence, patience, and sense of adventure I’ve acquired from my time abroad. The time flew by. Now I can only look back at my photos and videos to relive the craziness. For any readers considering studying abroad- do it! It will feel weird being away from your usual university, but you will learn so much and meet amazing people along the way.

If you’re looking into your options, Buenos Aires is a great place to improve Spanish skills, live in a big city, and (if you want) travel to all different climates! The sheer size of Argentina will force you to really connect with Buenos Aires. But if you’re able to travel, Argentina and its neighboring countries offer everything from deserts to beaches to glaciers.

I loved trying to balance everything: Taking classes in both English and Spanish, exploring the city, working an internship, living in a homestay, meeting new friends, and traveling to other places! It’s been a semester to remember and now the ending is quite bittersweet. Hopefully my posts have given you an idea of what it’s like to study abroad in Buenos Aires!

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Hi everyone, my name is Rachel but some of my friends call me Rach, Chel, Chela, or sass-master (....maybe we should just stick to Rachel?). I&#39;m a Colorado girl who has fallen in love with Northern California while attending Santa Clara University. If you&#39;re curious, I&#39;m a junior working towards a degree in Marketing with minors in Entrepreneurship and International Studies. This fall I&#39;m trading the comforts of campus for the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I&#39;m excited to test out city living and carry over my interest in photographing, eating good food, and exploring as much as possible!</span></p>

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