Ella in Buenos Aires: A Week in Patagonia

March 19, 2018

This past week, my new Canadian friend and I took off to go hiking in Argentinian Patagonia. This is the most southern part of Argentina, the Santa Cruz province. We decided to visit the city of El Calafate, located right next to the Lago Argentino and the village of El Chaltén within El Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.


This was the first place we went in El Calafate. This glacier is called Glaciar Perito Moreno and is one of the world’s only glaciers that is actually getting bigger, not shrinking. It was incredible to see the pieces falling off of it– each one made a huge booming sound as it crashed into the water. It was absolutely breathtaking, the photo doesn’t do it justice!


Here was the best breakfasts we had at one of our hostels. It really hit the spot and helped recover us from long hours of hiking the previous day.


As we arrived in El Chaltén, it was super rainy. We didn’t have the greatest weather, but we made the best of it! This village lies at the base of so many hiking trails up to and around the mountains Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy.


One hike that we did lasted 8 hours. It was incredibly difficult towards the end and our legs were shaking as we came down the mountain, but it was definitely worth it! We saw the most incredible views.


This was at the top of our longest hike, called the Laguna de los Tres. The mountain was a little obscured at the top, but it was still so spectacular to see up close. We hiked through water, mud, and snow to get there!

This coming week my classes are officially starting, and I’m so excited to finally have a concrete schedule.

See you next week!



Ella in Buenos Aires: Ciudad de la Música

March 9, 2018

Wow, I had such an incredible week in BA! I have been wandering through the weekend fairs in many of the different neighborhoods and have been discovering the most amazing people and places.

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At the fair in Recoleta, my neighborhood, there was a man playing guitar in the middle of the park with a ton of people sitting up on the hill listening and enjoying the music. I bought this fruit salad and sat down with everyone else this warm afternoon.

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I’ve been seeing so many people playing music along the street which has been so nice. These guys were playing a really mellow song and the little girl in the corner was helping out a great deal as you can tell.

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This guy was playing an instrument that I had never seen before but that made the coolest sound. The song he was playing was really eerie but I enjoyed it and listened for a while.

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Finally, this week a few friends and I took tango lessons! It is so much harder than it looks. At first I was really bad, but towards the end I thought my partner and I got the hang of it a bit. After the lessons, a live band started playing and all the expert tango-ers took to the dance floor to show off their moves.

Next week, I’m off to Patagonia! Can’t wait to explore the national capital for hiking!



Ella in Buenos Aires: Settling in

March 2, 2018

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).


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.


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!


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!



Ella in Buenos Aires: Packing up!

February 14, 2018

Hello everyone! I’m Ella, and I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m an International Studies major and I am also on the soccer team at UR! I’m super excited to leave for my semester abroad in Argentina, but I’m going to miss UR and my teammates so much. I chose to study at UCA in Buenos Aires because wanted to experience a new culture and be completely immersed in the Spanish language. A few of my goals are to improve my Spanish-speaking skills as well as play a lot of soccer while I am there!

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I’ve just started to pack up today, here’s a photo of a few of my essentials for my trip!


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I thought it would be nice to get my host mom a little gift to thank her for having me for a whole six months. I hope she likes it!


I can’t wait to leave this Monday. I’ve just gotten all the information for the pre-semester Spanish course that I am taking during the month of February before the semester starts. I’m so excited to meet all the other international students doing the same program and to start exploring the city.

See you next week!


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