Ella in Buenos Aires: Settling in

I’ve been feeling increasingly independent ever since arriving in BA. I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost three weeks. I have now figured out where the grocery store is, how to use the laundromat, and how to recharge my “Sube” card so I can use the colectivos, as well as the Subte (the argentine word for the subway).

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Here’s a pic of my morning running route! There are so many nice parks and green spaces to run or take a walk in Recoleta. These areas are always crowded with people walking their dogs or taking walks with friends. I feel so lucky to live in such a nice area.

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A few days ago I went to this park called Parque Norte. It’s a huge complex with all sorts of courts and fields for different sports, as well as three huge swimming pools. It was a pretty hot day, so being able to go swimming was really nice. Even though it was a bit cloudy, I still managed to get a little sunburned!

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Evidence of my first meal when I went out by myself that I ordered completely in Spanish! The waitress definitely knew I wasn’t a native Spanish speaker, but I was glad she didn’t start speaking to me in English like a few waiters and waitresses have before.

My Spanish course is coming to a close, next week we have our final test and international orientation. Since the semester back home has been in progress for almost two months now, I’m anxious to choose my classes and get my semester started here!

¡Ciao!

Ella

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