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Study Abroad in Argentina

Tomatelá

A week has passed since I left Mendoza and it has felt like seconds but at the same time, it has felt like years. This is the first time I would say I have ever truly solo traveled and it is incredible. I am learning so much about myself; what I am capable of, my strengths, my weaknesses, my inability to budget well, and my need for good food. Something that has really struck me is that I am falling in love with myself. I have only been on my […]

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Un Gran Aplauso para Nuestro Asador

The beauty of Mendoza cannot be found in the buildings along the poorly paved sidewalks, nor can it be found in the among the seemingly endless stream of cars, but rather the beauty of Mendoza is found in its people and in its culture. Kissing every person on the cheek before starting anything and then again to say goodbye, passing a highly sugared cup of mate dulce with friends, family, and strangers, spending long hours doing absolutely nothing; that is Mendoza and that is beautiful. Today marks my four month […]

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My Great South American Adventure: Phase I and II

Below is my plan for the next month. I probably won’t stick entirely schedule but this is a rough overview. Also apologies for the information overload; this is copied directly from my personal notes. Phase I: Paraguay and Northeast Argentina 1/12: Bus from Mendoza to San Juan – Flight to BA, flight to Asuncion land around 18. 2-3/12: Discover Asuncion – Costanera, Palacio Presidencial, Barrio Loma San Jeronimo, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mercados, Lago Yapicarai 4/12: Bus to Cuidad del Este – Shopping, Represe Hidrioelectrica, Puente de Amistad 5/12: […]

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No Seas Boludo

It’s November… Scroll back, what? I have hit three months in Argentina. I am nearing a hundred days. What? One of my classes finished this week, another finishes next week, and finally, by the 16th of November, all of my classes will be finished (besides the final I have on the 24th). I have eleven days until I start my summer vacation and three weeks until I begin my travels around Latin America. That’s insane. Time is a magnificent contradiction. Besides the fact that school is almost over, the last […]

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Half the World Away

Do you ever feel like time is just moving forward so quickly like a train that has lost control on its tracks? Well, that would be an accurate description of how my life has been proceeding. It is like I am living this weird paradigm of a tranqui Argentine life but also bustling forward at high speed. I am so busy; I am taking trips, meeting with friends, studying (not really, oops), essentially I am in constant motion. But on the other side of this, a lot of what I am busy […]

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Re Quemada

I have been a bad blogger… In my defense, I am doing homework instead of writing blogs. The last post that had content about my life was almost a month ago, oops. Anyways, here is an update about my Argentinean September. I finally have a schedule and have decided on classes! It is great to finally have this figured out. What isn’t great is that I wasn’t connected to the online modules for my classes for a while and I missed over three hundred pages of reading. Lets just say […]

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The God of Small Things

I have recently started reading The God of Small Things and was inspired by Roy’s style of writing (and my lack of crazy, wild stories for this week) to make a blogpost dedicated to the small things I have come to love in Mendoza. When the streetlights flicker on even though there is no use for them yet. Having to duck my head to avoid the branches of palm trees during my runs. The way the cool air clings to the back of your throat as dusk settles in. The wide […]

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What a Wonderful Weekend

Another week flew by right before my eyes! It doesn’t help that now I have schedule and things to do everyday, making time go faster. The weekdays this week were spent in class, eating ice cream, and running around town. I had a bit of an emotional tank this week but the highs of my weekend pulled me out of the funk. I decided that next time I find myself on one of these lows, I am going to write a list of all of the wonderful things I love […]

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Categories

Well, I am reaching a point in my year where I am feeling kind of settled and finding topics to blog about is getting harder and harder. I think I am just going to walk you through the random thoughts I have about a variety of things. Classes: They have started but not really; they were supposed to all start by this week but I have only had one actual class. The class, Portuguese, was a ton of fun and I walked out with a huge grin across my face. […]

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What I did and what I felt

  What I did: There is something to marvelous about the flow of time when you are not at home; a moment can be an eternity, a flash of lightning, or both at the same time. I have nicknamed this the time paradox of traveling and can only hope to understand it one day. Moving on, some of my classes started this week and the rest of my classes start Wednesday, I think. I am going to take a drawing class, Social History of Argentina, Portuguese (hopefully), and either History […]

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Rubia. Rubia. Rubia.

I am not sure how but it has already been a week; I completely forgot how fast time moves when you’re not paying attention. My week started off with two and a half days in Buenos Aires for orientation and basically just being a tourist. We saw all of the big attractions: La Boca, La Casa Rosa, El Cemetario de Recoletta, ect. Maybe I was just too tired and not paying but besides the language, Buenos Aires felt like another big city that I had yet to explore. Mentally, I wasn’t […]

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Twenty Two Hours Later

What people don’t tell you about traveling is that leaving never gets easier. Saying goodbye, whether you are departing from your home country or your host country, is incredibly difficult. For me, this round of goodbyes was heartbreaking and soul-crushing. I’m sure all of the other goodbyes I have said have hurt just as bad, if not worse, but these goodbyes are fresh like open wounds. I have come to terms with the goodbyes I said leaving Denmark but I have yet to accept that I won’t see some of […]

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Thomas: Reverse Culture Shock

It has been over two weeks since I returned from my adventures in South America. It’s been hard to analyze my feelings and emotions since re-entering the United States. Two words describe how life has been during the first two weeks back in my hometown, surreal and stressful. I arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at about 10:30 am on a Saturday to my eldest sister and niece waiting for me near my baggage claim. Their timing was impeccable. It was good to see familiar faces. Waiting in the van […]

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Thomas: The Final Summary

As I waited for my flight back to America recently, I did some reflecting on my experiences living in Buenos Aires for over three months. Many people who have participated in study abroad programs claim that they change more, as a person, in three months than they do in years. I would have to agree with this notion. Opening your eyes to an entirely new world changes you drastically. I’ve noticed that my perceptions of South America and the United States have changed and adapted. I’m also better able to […]

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Thomas: Ice, Ice, Baby

There’s no other way to describe my trip to El Calafate and El Chalten, Argentina than truly amazing. Not only was I able to see South America’s second largest glacier, I climbed it! The glaciers were breathtaking earth forms that stretched for miles and stood as tall as some skyscrapers. There isn’t much to say other than I had a great time traveling to Patagonia and I met some really nice people from across the globe to share in with my experiences. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of […]

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