Honesty Time

So in about 24 hours I will be at the airport waiting to head home to the States. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Argentina, but I am excited to come home.

However, I am kind of nervous about the 50 million questions I’m going to get. People are going to ask me how my experience was, and how am I supposed to summarize every detail of the past 4 months of my life in 2 minutes? Also, I don’t really think I am going to know exactly how I feel about it till I get a little bit farther out from it and have more perspective.

Friends and family are going to be curious about the things I did here, and about the things I didn’t do and why. No, I didn’t jump out of a plane, tango every night, walk on a glacier, or meet my future husband, but I did do lots of other cool stuff. I’m just worried that somehow my experience is going to be devalued in their eyes, and possibly mine as well because I didn’t make the same choices they might have made.

The hardest thing possibly is that I feel like people are expecting me to know what I want to do with my life now. Because living away from home for a semester in a big city with a different culture and language is supposed to bring you MORE clarity, yeah right.

Despite all these worries I am still SUPER stoked to see you all 🙂

Nos vemos!
Ryan

One Day More: another day, another destiny

THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT GOING HOME

-seeing my family
-friends
-cuddling my dog I haven’t met
-room to dance
-going to the gym
-taking my ASL class #nerdalert
-the foods I’ve missed
-singing at the top of my lungs while driving in the car
-wearing different clothes
-not having to take public transportation everywhere
-my bed a.k.a. the cloud from Heaven
-sheets that stay on my bed
-my bathrobe!

Chao for now!!
Ryan

Uruguay!!

The weekend of the 8th, some friends of mine from church (Las Gringas de Barrio Norte) and I took a two-day trip to Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay!!

Saturday morning we boarded a ferry and set off for Colonia. Thankfully, I was able to wake up, get ready, finish packing, hour on the bus, find the port, and make it there an hour early to check in. We took Colonia Express, and I was a bit worried after reading all the horrible reviews about it, but it was the cheaper company so we gave it a go. Everything went fine though, and it only took an hour and half to get from Buenos Aires to Uruguay.Upon arriving in Colonia, we found our hostel and checked in, then had to do my probably least favorite part of traveling- changing money. It is always the biggest pain in the butt! I had three currencies in my wallet at the same time which was annoying, but most places would let you pay with Argentine Pesos, Uruguayan Pesos, or American Dollars, so it worked out.  Continue reading

#thirdworldprobs

Hey guys!! Sorry I’m been kind of MIA recently. I was pretty busy with end of the semester stuff-projects, papers, exams, etc.- but I officially finished everything today!! Got all my grades signed and turned in and NO MORE SCHOOL, until July 15th…. Also, my internet was out in my home-stay since Friday morning and it just now got fixed #thirdworldproblems.

It got really old having to go to a cafe every day and buy something to use WiFi. My life is so rough! Haha, jk. It was just super inconvenient. I had a paper to write for class, so I went to a cafe for an hour and a half and just copied research off the internet into a Word document. Ended up being like almost 40 pages that I had to sort through, and read later at my house. Then when I was done with my paper, I had a mini-freak out when I realized I couldn’t email it to myself to print it off at school. Megan had a flash-drive though she let me borrow, so she saved the day.

Also had quite a few boring evenings. 6 whole days of going to bed early because I had nothing better to do, and playing FreeCell on my computer for hours straight. Luckily, I have like 1 movie on my computer, so Megan and I watched The Amazing Spiderman after dinner one night.

I do promise to catch you all up with life here. Coming Soon:
-gringas in Uruguay
-me eating, eating, and eating
-Casa Rosada tour
-Souvenir Haul

Chao for now!!
Ryan

Good Eats: Part II

This edition is going to be a mix of new and old, places I’ve already talked about and places I have yet to discuss.

First up, Muu Lecheria. The fact that I have been here 3 times obviously means that I like it. No matter what time of the day it is, I always order breakfast food and coffee, so I have no clue what the rest of their menu is like but I don’t really care.

Second, Brioche Doreé, a French bistro, which I have been to twice. Definitely not considered “fine dining” as they are usually found in bookstores and mall food courts. I like it because it is fast and well priced for a drink, meal, and dessert. But let’s be honest, the dessert is why I go…Next, this Armenian bakery near my house called Medio Oriente Panadería y Confetería. It’s close, cheap, fast, and SUPER yummy. I usually just get their empanadas (pictured), or if it is the weekend their shawarma-since they only make it on the weekends unfortunately 😦 Last, but definitely not least, a’Manager in Palermo Soho. Clarissa picked this place out for lunch one day after reading a post about it on a Buenos Aires food blog called Pick up the Fork. It did not disappoint. It was so long ago that I’m not entirely sure what I ordered. I think it was chicken with tomato, apple chutney, caramelized onions, and some sort of mustard…? Maybe, don’t remember. Whatever it was it was really good, and I could tell that all the ingredients were fresh 🙂

Chao for now!!
Only 12 more days left eek!
Ryan

Lately

I promise I’ve done more than just eat these past couple of weeks…

-I’ve been doing quite a bit of shopping. Checked out Calle Florida and wasn’t that impressed, but found a really cool mall over there. I also have visited both San Telmo and Plaza Francia three times now. I don’t know what I am going to do without the weekend ferias. I go looking for gifts for family and friends, but I usually just end up buying a bunch of stuff for myself… Hey I need presents too! 🙂

-Went to see Great Gatsby with some friends from church, and of course we got ice cream afterwards at McDonald’s. Dulce de leche soft-serve is the bomb

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photo credit: Clara

-Helped set up for this outreach/evangelism thing my church was doing with one of their partner churches in Villa Crespo.-My host mom’s daughter and her family came over for dinner. The son-in-law is actually American, and the little grandson is a cutie pie.

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Bucket List Update

So remember me telling you about how I made a Buenos Aires Bucket List? Well, there are 31 things on this list, and I’ve actually gotten 15 of them done so far. I only have 2 weeks left though, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it. I’m not going to stress about it though because there is no way I can finish the list AND get all my classwork taken care of.

It’s hard though because a lot of things are only open on the weekend and I only have so many weekends. Or, for example, I tried to go get tickets to see Fuerza Bruta last weekend, and they are all sold out till mid-July. Seriously, ALL of them. They do 6 shows a week. If I had known it was that popular, I would have gotten tickets earlier. Oh well.

I am enjoying what time I have left, but I am definitely ready to come home. If you had asked me 2 weeks ago if I was ready, I would have told you No way!” As my flight gets closer though, I get more excited to come home. I’ll probably be home for 2 weeks, and then will be like, Okay that was fun, I’m ready to go back to Buenos Aires now!” Haha 🙂

See you all very soon!
Ryan

Weekend Eats

Last weekend (as in not this past weekend, but the weekend before) I tried out a couple new places in Palermo Soho.

On Friday, Megan and I went to Piernia which is a little tea house in Palermo Soho for lunch. The decor was cute, but I wasn’t all that impressed with the food. I got a salad, and this frappucino thing and they were both okay…. Megan said her tea and sandwich were good, so maybe I just didn’t pick very well that time.473ef-imag0554Saturday afternoon, I got around to trying Muma’s Cupcakes in Palermo Soho. I walk by it pretty frequently, and I finally decided to treat myself. The shop is really cute and the cupcakes are DELICIOUS (and that’s coming from a girl that’s not the biggest fan of cake).

About a week later I went back and got some cupcakes “para llevar” to share with my roomies.

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20 DAYS

I will be at the airport about to head home in approximately 20 days. It is SO weird! I can’t believe it is almost time to come home especially since a couple of my friends just left for their summer study abroad programs. This experience coming to an end is bittersweet. There are definitely some things I am going to miss about Buenos Aires, and some things I definitely will NOT!!

Things I will most definitely NOT miss about Buenos Aires:

  • lack of bug screens on the windows
  • bug guts on my wall (I went on a killing spree…)
  • the death glare I get when I try to buy something, and I only have a large bill (they hate giving away all their change)
  • constant fear of being robbed/pick-pocketed
  • being “targeted” because I’m a foreigner
  • wearing the same clothes over and over
  • trying to find the waiter when you need something, or are ready to pay
  • my sheets that NEVER stay on my bed
  • dog poop all over the sidewalk
  • cat calls
  • public transportation
  • waiting for public transportation
  • people trying to sell me things on public transportation
  • women breastfeeding their 4 year-old children on the bus (I really don’t know how old this child was, but she looked WAY too old to still be breastfeeding. I am scarred for life…)

Things I am going to miss about Buenos Aires:

  • MY FRIENDS
  • ferias every weekend
  • the view from my school
  • the plazas
  • adventure
  • no classes on Friday
  • the “vacation” mentality
  • being “tall”
  • the Xoom rate
  • inserting random Spanish words into English sentences and my friends understanding me
  • Dulce de leche
  • endless food and yummy options right outside my door
  • medialunas
  • things to do in the city, still haven’t run out of new, fun things to do

Chao for now!!
Ryan

Good Eats: Dessert Edition

I have got me a mean sweet tooth, and I definitely indulge it a lot more often here than at home. There are just so many yummy things calling my name on a daily basis! Sometimes I just can’t help it 🙂

Name: unknown
Location: Belgrano

I got ice cream one day when my class got cancelled. This place near my school was suggested to me by a classmate, and it was SUPER good. In the middle of the day it was full of senior citizens… haha! This 2-scoop sundae cost me about $4 USD. Flavors: Chocotorta (ice cream with dulce de leche and cookie pieces) and Moka (for a country that drinks so much coffee, coffee ice cream is extremely rare here).

Food: ❶❷❸❹❺
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: ZOG
Location: Palermo Soho

I tried out this place with Megan one day. Frozen yogurt is definitely not as popular as ice cream here. It was okay… not as great as the yogurt I had in Chile, or my beloved Yumilious in the States. They did have a lot of toppings, but as far as flavors go, my only options were passion fruit or plain/original. That seems to be pretty standard here though, so I’ll probably wait to get yogurt again until I get home.


Food: ❶❷❸④⑤
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: Freddo
Location: everywhere

Freddo is EVERYWHERE. There are probably at least 40 of them just in Buenos Aires. I’ve been there a few times, and so far the flavors I’ve tried are: Dulce de leche, dulce de leche w/ brownie, dulce de leche w/ oreo, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry mousse, malbec & red fruits, & chocotorta. Some of the flavors have been better than others, but overall it is pretty darn good ice cream. I can’t give them a 5 though because they don’t have a coffee flavor… That is a serious crime in my eyes


Food: ❶❷❸❹⑤
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Name: Persicco
Location: Palermo Soho, various locations

I got some ice cream from Persicco one day when my class got out early. Are you sensing a trend here? The flavors I got were coffee, banana split, lemon tart, and dulce de leche with brownie. This ice cream was super creamy and yummy, and I will most likely be visiting Persicco again.

Food: ❶❷❸❹❺
Atmosphere/decor: ❶❷❸④⑤ 

Chao for now!
Ryan