Finally!

Hey guys!
I’m finally here in Argentina and I’m finally posting something-it’s not like I’ve been here over a week or anything… This past week has felt like the weirdest “vacation” of my life. I’m going to try to sum things up the best I can, but no promises that this post won’t be incredibly long.

“A journey of a thousand miles better begin with an aisle seat” (#faketravelquotes) and thankfully it did. After a 10+ hour flight, sweltering in the immigrations line for an hour, and waiting for everyone in the group’s flights to get in, we were finally off to the city. We met our host moms at the university and they took us back home to eat. My host mom’s name is Elina and there are two other girls who live in the house from a different study abroad program-Fallon (Canada) and Megan (Kentucky), but we all go to the same university. The rest of the weekend was filled with orientations and a long tour of the city on Sunday. We visited quite a few neighborhoods (or barrios) that were all completely different, but only got to spend a little time in each so hopefully I’ll get a chance to go back.

Cementario de la Recoleta

 

“How do I pose with dead people?”




La Recoleta Cemetery contains almost 5,000 vaults, all above ground, and the entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks. Eva Peron’s tomb is located in this cemetery, but I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to see it. 

 

Plaza de Mayo

 

La Casa Rosada (Pink House)
It is said that this color was chosen in order to defuse political tension by fusing the red and white colors of the country’s opposing political parties.
 
 
In San Telmo, we visited una feria that they have every Sunday. There are TONS of vendors and quite a few street performers as well (see video above).

Caminito in La Boca
Conventillos

The neighborhood of La Boca is pretty poor so the people live in buildings called conventillos.  A whole family lives in one room and all the families in the building will share the bathroom and kitchen. They used to use leftover paint from the boats to paint their houses, so that’s where the tradition of all the bright colors came from.

Graffiti (photo credit: Sydney)
Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge) in Puerto Madero

The rest of my week was filled with a lot of orientations, errands, adjusting, hanging out with friends, and of course, getting lost once.

Barrio Chino a.k.a. Chinatown
(photo credit: Sydney)

On Thursday, I completed part one of my Student Visa process really early in the morning, and in the evening my group enjoyed a free tango class. A bunch of us also stayed for salsa which was a blast 🙂

Basic step of tango on the sidewalk
(photo credit: Kelly)
Salsa at La Viruta-actually got a lot more crowded
(photo credit: Kelly)

Well that’s it for now! More to come soon. If you want to get email updates when I post something, you can enter your email in the box at the top-right of the page.

Nos vemos!
Ryan
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