I am approaching the 1-month-until-I-am-home mark.
My last two months here have been (and I assume will continue to be) very up and down. Ranging from having my phone and laptop stolen (including many of my photos and all of my music) to exploring the stunningly beautiful town of Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay. I am leaving for Uruguay again on Friday but will be traveling to Punta del Este this time. Clearly more ups and potentially more downs to come.
So while I love studying here, I have had some random and serious bouts of homesickness the last few weeks. In an attempt to subdue this homesickness, I have been trying to focus on the little things that make me love living here. Seeing as my phone was stolen, I have had no way to take photos of such things. My solution: a disposable camera.
These are shots from Buenos Aires (and Colonia), taken over a few weeks. They show some of the things I love about this city and the things that remind me to enjoy my last month here.
These are shots from my typical commute to school. My favorite part is about two thrids of the way through when the bus passes this beautiful church with its steeple barely visible over the tree tops.
Sometimes I walk home on the other side of the church. The view is equally beautiful but far more peaceful.
I love the amazing graffiti that we pass for pretty much the duration of the bus ride.
I love walking home and coming across paw prints cemented in the sidewalks.
Unfortunately I am missing a photo of the infamous paseadores de perros, or dog walkers, who patrol the city with their packs of leashed dogs tied to their waists. There have been reports among us students of spotting a dog walker with 22 dogs but these have been unconfirmed. The most believable estimate I have heard is 18. Personally the most I have counted is 12. But it looked like far more.
I love the random colorful cars here and there among the predominantly grey and black automobiles.
I love the architecture here. Not because there is a classic Argentine style, but because the city is a mix of every style imaginable.
You may walk by a British mansion that you might expect to find in the English countryside…
…then by a Parisian apartment building straight from the Champs-Élysées…
…on to a Spanish château that transports you to the streets of Madrid…
…and finally by a high-rise apartment building that makes you wonder if you’re actually in Southampton, New York.
The architectural styles convey more than just culture but also age. Buildings from the mid-20th century stand right next to buildings that look like they went up just last year.
They say that Buenos Aires is a city of immigrants and this can be seen in the people, the cultures, the food, and even the buildings. Its one big, beautiful mixing pot.
And speaking of food, would you get a load of this waffle?
I know you won’t believe me, but that right there, that’s vegan. Mhm. VEGAN. And it only cost me about $5.
One of the things I love most about this city is that a lot of the time it doesn’t feel like a city at all, but rather a jungle. Buenos Aires: City or Jungle? Maybe a bit of both.
I love the colorful fruit stands that line many blocks. It adds a drop of color to my walks.
I also love that Buenos Aires is just a ferry ride away from beautiful Colonia, Uruguay.
I know I already posted about this quiant town, but I have more. Oops.
I have not decided if I will take more photos like this as it turned out to be far more expensive than I anticipated to buy the camera and develop the photos. We will see how my wallet is feeling when I get back from Uruguay next week.
I may get one more post in before I depart on Friday, but if not…