“Buenos Aires” literally translates to “good airs,” and I was blessed to have very easy and safe travels here so I guess there’s something good in the air. My flight landed before 9 this morning and ever since then I have not been bored. The IES Abroad Staff greeted us at the airport and helped us get taxis. My host mom, Nora, ran down the hallway of her building to greet me when I buzzed her apartment and she is so, so kind. We had tea and gluten free cookies that she bought especially for me and talked with another IES student who will be staying here for a few days to take her last final exam. After I unpacked my bags Nora took me on a little tour around her neighborhood, Recoleta, and the edges of some nearby neighborhoods.
It was really neat to see so much history and culture packed in between buildings in the forms of street graffiti, statues, parks, and more. Nora told me the most interesting story about “Theater Cielo,” a theater where a performance is done for blind people. She’s been and she said it was amazing. My favorite thing we saw was the Carlos Gardel museum. He’s the most famous Argentine tango dancer and Nora and I each paid 5 pesos (equivalent of just 91 cents) to tour the museum. We also learned that the museum offers free tango lessons so I’m definitely going to take advantage of that! I’ve already met the lady who runs the laundry mat, the doorman of Nora’s apartment building, and a lady who runs a fruit market down the street.
I can honestly say that I am undergoing culture shock but it is way different than my first day in Chile a few years ago. I’m excited to be here but I definitely miss the simplicity of LaGrange and my family and friends. However, there have been multiple cultural Chilean things that I’ve already noticed here which has comforted me. Oddly enough, the annoying sequence of car alarms that go off from cars at random made me smily and there are plenty of dongs on the streets here too, no worries yall.
So far day 1 has been fun and I’m excited about our City Bus Tour tomorrow.