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Thavy: Estancia

November 16, 2010

About 2 weeks ago I went on a class field trip to an Estancia in San Antonio de Areco, about an hour outside of Buenos Aires. This was the second field trip to an Estancia. The first estancia was amazing. We had an asado, which consisted of a large cookout with a different types of meats and wine. The food just keep coming. There was a point where I felt so sick because I ate too much food. The problem was that the food was too delicious for me to stop. The first Estancia consisted mainly of eating and exploring the estancia.

The second Estancia was just as fun. Though it would had been more fun if it had not been raining. When we arrived at the estancia, we were given wine, sodas, and empanadas (amazingly delicious). We couldn’t do much on the estancia because of the rain, so most of us sat around inside. Although there was not much to do, we were given an opportunity to go horseback riding. I had so much fun horseback riding in the rain, even though it was for a short period of time. We spent the rest of the day sitting next to a fire place and eating lunch. It was a lot of fun.

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Thavy: Death of a Stranger

November 12, 2010

On October 27, former president of Argentina Nestor Kirchner died. That day was also census day, a day where everything is shut down so people are able to take the census. That day the country was filled with sadness and pride. The very next day, I was told not to go to the area where Nestor’s body was because it was suppose to be dangerous, but I went anyways. Upon arrival I saw hundreds of people sprawled out in Plaza de Mayo, in front of Casa Rosada. There was a wave of sadness but yet people were chanting and cheering with so much pride. It took awhile for me to process what was going on, but it was an amazing feeling. Everywhere I looked there were people crying, cheering, and many were holding signs that displayed who they were and the place they were from. Many were holding the Argentine flag and others with banners with Nestor’s name on it.

Argentinians are very passionate in what they love. If they feel like they are not being treated right, they would gather together and strike. This happens on a daily basis. I truly admire this part of their culture.  This was the feeling that was rapidly spreading through the crowds. The expression on each of their faces showed their passion for the country. This would have to be one of my most memorable moments in Argentina.

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Thavy: Spring break

October 24, 2010

So I went on Spring Break about two weeks ago and it was amazing for the first half of it. I traveled to Salta and Mendoza. I traveled with two friend and our first stop was Salta. Upon arrival I was amazed by how beautiful the landscape was. I sat on the bus in awe and keep looking at the mountains as if they were going to disappear if I turned away. We stayed in a nice hostel in Salta and met a lot of people who were backpacking around South America. Speaking to these travelers made me realize how much I would love to do that. I would be able to experience the different cultures, see sights and improve my language skills.

Salta: The city is interesting and much smaller than Buenos Aires. It also has more natives that live in the city or the surrounding cities. Many of the locals earn money by sewing clothes and selling their hand made products. Are they making much money selling these products? Does most of their daily lives consist of selling these products in order for them to support their families? These questions and many more ran through my head as I saw markets with many locals selling their items. It’s interesting to see the contrast from people living in Buenos Aires and in smaller cities.

In Salta we went on a tour that brought us to the Salt Flats and other cities in the surrounding areas. This tour was amazing. Our guide brought us through the Andes and brought us to high altitudes of about 13,500 feet. When we arrived at the Salt Flats, all I was able to see was a white ground that was filled with crazy patterns on the ground. It was truly an amazing place. The salt gave the illusion of a distant lake and it was the first time I had seen a mirage.

The Next stop was Mendoza. I would have to say I was kind of disappointed with Mendoza after hearing many great things about the place. There was not much to do in the city except for a large park. I went on the wine and bike tour and found that we were biking on streets with cars flying passed us. It was quite dangerous, but overall the time spent in  Mendoza, the most fun I had was spent on the wine and bike tour.

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Thavy: 3 weeks in Buenos Aires

September 10, 2010

I’m going on my third week and it have been amazing. Buenos Aires is a city that runs on espresso and never sleeps. People are always on the move and not even cars are able to stop them here. They are dodging cars like crazy. They cross streets as if they were playing frogger. Running right in front of cars and buses. This was a large adjustment for me. I kept thinking that I might just one day get hit by a crazy taxi driver. People in this city also drive as if there was an emergency; as if someone was in need of help and that they need to be there to rescue them. As crazy as the driving is, I find it very thrilling.

My first week was exciting. I got off the plane and met the other people in the program. We were loaded on to a bus and brought to where we were going to spend the next 3 and half months. Many of the people were staying with host families and a few of us chose to stay in the apartments. After arriving at the apartment, me and my roommates attempted to navigate the city. We tried to find the the school. We were given directions by one of the people working in the program, but managed to get a little lost. We eventually found it. The next day classes started. The classes were interesting, but I felt really confused in my Spanish 1 class. It was being taught in Spanish, and I just wish the book they provided had the definition of terms in English. I spent the rest of the week absorbing the city and exploring as much of it as I could.

The second week was very interesting. I had already gotten kind of used to the streets and finding my way around the city (with a map). This week kind of sucked because it rained a lot and the temperature was 50 or lower. It eventually got nicer by the end of the week.

On to my third week and so far I’m really enjoying Buenos Aires. One of my favorite part about Buenos Aires is the Subte. Every ride is different. My roommate saw a dog waiting for the Subte and as it was arriving, ran to make sure it was the first one on. That’s was really awesome. That’s one thing I want to see before I leave. A dog able to know when and where to get off of the Subte. My goal this whole trip is to find one of those dogs and follow it to see where exactly it’s are going.

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