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Last Trip in Argentina – Bariloche, Patagonia!

January 3, 2011

The last day of finals at the University of Belgrano was November 4th, and that night was the Academic Programs International farewell dinner. After we ate, the gathering somehow turned into one of of the crazy-hilarious dance parties typical of our program gatherings, and then (all too soon) it was time to say our goodbyes. Most people were flying back to the U.S. on the 6th, but I had booked my ticket for a week later so that I could get in one final trip before heading home. My destination of choice? San Carlos de Bariloche, a famous ski-town in Patagonia, Argentina… Read more…

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Córdoba and the 3rd(?)-Largest Oktoberfest in the World

January 3, 2011

At the beginning of October two happy events occured simultaneously: a long weekend (yes, another one) and the world-famous beer festival known as Oktoberfest. While the festival originated in Germany, it is also celebrated around the world, from Hong Kong to Australia, and of course . . . Argentina. According to any given Argentine, they host the 2nd-largest Oktoberfest in the world after Germany, but countless countries make this claim, so I am just going to stick with Wikipedia’s claim for now, and call it the 3rd-largest. Either way, it’s big… Read more…

Reverse Culture-Shock and Other Adventures

January 2, 2011

Well, I am officially back on U.S. soil! Actually, I flew home about 6 weeks ago, but I somehow felt that writing about it on my blog would make it too real, so I haven’t been able to muster up the discipline to do so until today. Now it’s January 2nd and the new year has put me in the spirit of reflecting on the incredible memories of 2010, and starting to look forward to whatever adventures await me during the next chapter of my life. With that, I am finally going to close out my Argentina blog, but not before I finish several posts that I began while I was abroad, and never found the time to finish… Read more…

You Know You’re Becoming a Porteño When . . .

November 1, 2010

You know you’re becoming a Porteño (Buenos Aires resident) when . . .

. . . you know that busses, cars, bikes and motorcycles – not people – have the right-of-way. 😉

. . . you wear out shoes in 6 months, tops (gotta love all the walking!).

. . . you feel like something is missing in your diet if you don’t eat carne (beef) on a daily basis. Read more…

A Long Weekend in Mendoza

October 29, 2010

A few of weeks ago me and my friend Danielle took what was perhaps my favorite trip of my time in Argentina so far (it´s so hard to pick just one!) to the lovely Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza is most famous for being the heart of Argentina´s wine country, and with over 1,300 ¨bodegas¨ (wineries) to choose from in and around the city, this is definitely a big part of the appeal. But as we quickly learned, this is only a small part of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer… Read more…

Internships Abroad

October 20, 2010

Alright, so I know that you are probably going to think I’m crazy for suggesting you do an internship during your time abroad. I mean, isn’t this supposed to be the time when you take easy classes, travel, and just generally party it up?? Well sure, that’s all part of the experience. But I believe you can do all of that and gain valuable experience working in a foreign country at the same time. Better yet, I’ve done it! I want to share my story with you today in hopes that you too will consider the enriching experience of completing an internship while you are studying abroad… Read more…

My Crazy, Fun Trip through Northern Argentina

September 28, 2010

Seeing as I took my week-long trip to Tucuman and Salta over 2 months ago, this post has been a long time coming. And since it’s no longer fresh in my memory I decided to just re-type what I wrote in my journal on the trip back to Buenos Aires on July 25th. I did this entry sort of stream-of-consciousness (more to trigger my memory than anything), so I’ll fill in some details here or there, but all in all I think the style works since it’s so much to write about anyway!… Read more…