“Are you from the South?” Yes, of course this has been the most popular question directed at me this past week of abroad orientation. I’m so proud to answer yes and a little prouder that people can pinpoint my accent, but I am adjusting very well to my life even further down south.
Life in BA is different than Georgia to say the least. It’s different in the very best of ways. I enjoy walking and taking the bus everywhere and it’s a great way to see the city and people-watch simultaneously. I’ve found that even in a city of 2.8 million people, I can’t find a carbon copy whatsoever. The city is so eclectic with people coming from all around the world to visit, and many more to permanently live.
Although it’s a true melting pot, those of us from the USA do tend to stand out every now and then, especially when we’re traveling as an entire IES group on tours. We’ve toured many barrios and seen several typical famous landmarks. My favorite tour thus far was yesterday, when I took a bike tour of the city with 7 other students. It was great to see new locations while exercising and our guides were fun and charming.
Even above the bike tour, the highlight of my experience was my tango night with 4 of my friends. It all started one week ago when my host mom took me to “El Museo de Carlos Gardel” just hours after my arrival in BA. We discovered free tango lessons there on Saturdays and one week later, there some of my friends and I were. We learned some basics for about an hour then got invited to another invitation-only class that the adorable older instructors, Patricia and Cacho, were offering at another museum/cafe. We had more tango class and got to dance with skilled Argentines then later in the night we danced with some Swiss (and very guapo) guys who were also students of our instructors. After dinner, Patricia and Cacho, as well as an amazing guitarist/harmonica player, performed for us and then everyone danced more tango. Nine hours and tons of fun later, we thanked Patricia and Cacho with muchisimas gracias and an hasta luego because they invited us to their classes this week. We were so blessed to have found a little hidden gem of the city and all of us cannot wait to go back pronto!