Hi there! Sorry that posting has been a bit light this week on my end– I arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday and let’s just say I am STILL trying to keep up with this incredibly vibrant city!
This week has been FULL of excitement, nervousness, discovery, and–let’s be honest– sleep deprivation. In just one week I have walked the city of Buenos Aires (ok to be fair, there were buses involved…), danced salsa and tango, completed an all important traveling tradition (i.e., I visited McDonalds), and spent precious time and conversations with my host family here (more about them later!)
So often when I travel, I find bits and pieces of the other countries I’ve visited before in my new surroundings. I’ll walk down a street in Japan and think that it looks so much like the one my mom grew up on in Sri Lanka or I’ll swing outside my school in Boston and see a monument that I swear I saw in England. But in Argentina… that just doesn’t happen! EVERYTHING here is so different. The bread. The dulce de leche. The traditions. The “Pink House.” And don’t even get me started on the ice cream. (Here’s a clue: it.is.to.DIE.for)
All of this to say, this trip of mine will undoubtedly be unlike any other. I am not a tourist here. I am as close to an Argentine as I’ll ever get :) I live with a family. I work in the city. I take the bus. I look around me and know this is not my world but it is a world I will come to know and understand with time, a world where I hear not English but Spanish, a world that requires of me a certain confidence, a certain ability to communicate, and more than anything, a willingness to keep my eyes open.
Here’s a round-up of what I’ve been up to this week… I’m so glad you can join me in Argentina as I share with you all the things– big and small– I do here!! xo Inesha