Tag Archives: Buenos Aires

The Act of Adapting

“Un café con leche, por favor y una medialuna dulce.” “Café con leche y medialuna dulce; ¿algo más?” “No. Gracias.” I don’t ask for a menu when I sit down because I don’t need one (also because no one else … Continue reading

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I’m Going On An Adventure

“Are you excited to go to Buenos Aires?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question in the two months I’ve been home waiting to leave for my semester abroad. The total must be in the hundreds … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons: A Reflection

Don’t cry for me, Argentina/ The truth is I never left you. – “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” Evita Julie Covington’s voice has played on a loop in my head for the past two weeks. Sometimes, Madonna chimes in, just … Continue reading

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Being (North) American in Argentina

“Who does the United States think it is, sometimes?” “Isn’t is ridiculous that you all preach of freedom but lack well-developed systems of free healthcare and free public education in your own country?” “The United States is, I’ll just say … Continue reading

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Candid Talks with My Professor, Part 2

I also recall my professor saying that she felt U.S. culture to be highly individualistic; you either sink or swim, depending on how well you pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.  The Argentine commitment to public expression has a … Continue reading

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Candid Talks with My Professor, Part 1

Since arriving in Argentina in August, I have received twenty-five International SOS Security Advisories warning me of “anti-government rallies,” “potentially disruptive demonstrations” by unionized teachers and, most recently, “nationwide police strikes over wage disputes.” In fact, as I write in … Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

In the spirit of alerting you folks to the societal differences between the United States and Argentina, I figured I’d take a moment to elaborate on both the things I miss the most from home and the quirky novelties of … Continue reading

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“Hola, morocha”: Race and Ethnicity in Argentina

Often accompanied by a sly smile and ‘come hither’ stare, “Hola, morocha” is a greeting I hear often in Argentina. It commonly precedes a cat-call and roughly translates to “Hey, brown-skinned girl.” Anyone feel a little bothered by the bluntness? … Continue reading

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Just Bite the Bife

You may never hear more vociferous complaints about cravings for vegetables than when you circle around foreign exchange students in Argentina. While it is true that the Argentine diet is wanting in the veggies, this gastronomic disparity is the premise … Continue reading

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Four Weeks, Four Revelations about Buenos Aires

Let me firstly relate how blessed I feel by my opportune study abroad circumstances. Not only do I live with a trendy and well-traveled 26-year-old University of Buenos Aires (UBA) student named Pilar, but I am also within a one-block … Continue reading

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