Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This place will always have a special place in my heart. Although it wasn’t what I expected, there were many positive aspects of my stay.
One reason why I will never forget Argentina is because I celebrated my 21st birthday here. The birthday that means so much in the United States but unfortunately has no meaning pretty much everywhere else. Some of my professors recognized that it was an important age in the U.S. and of course all the students were ready to celebrate. My host mom made carne (beef) for dinner (which isn’t a common meal in my homestay). After dinner there were cupcakes and she sang happy birthday to me in English and I blew out the candles. She then made me go get my camera, and then I had to blow out the candles a second time. After dinner I went out with my friends. Many people from my program came, and everyone seemed to have an amazing time. I was afraid that my birthday wouldn’t be exciting here, but Argentina knows how to party.
Another positive was the size of the program. There were only about 50 students this semester. This was great because it allowed us to be closer. I didn’t have just one small group of friends because everyone was nice and willing to hang out. Also, because it was such a small group, the staff knew everyone’s name. This was such a different experience because of course the staff in New York does not know who I am. The small size allowed for the whole program to go on the same weekend trip together which was not my experience the first time I studied abroad. Most of my classes were small as well. This helped with learning because everyone had a chance to speak.
I loved the meat dishes. They were so tender and once I watched my waiter cut the meat with a spoon. This is what Argentina is known for and it didn’t disappoint. I found some delicious desserts, I discovered my favorite empanadas (carne picante – they are actually spicy), and I tried some awesome wine. Even though the food here can get a little boring, there are still some great food options. Choripan with chimichurri, and dulce de leche, will forever have a place in my heart.
Although I wish there had been more time to travel, and I wish I had gotten closer to my host family, coming to Argentina was a great experience and an interesting alternative for those who don’t want to study in Europe or for those who already have.