Though Buenos Aires is considered to be the “Paris of South America,” I find it to be very much like New York City. Maybe, that is why I didn’t have a hard time adjusting. I live in Santa Fe which is one of the main avenues in Buenos Aires. It is also one of the main shopping centers. To be honest, there’s days when I wake up and I feel like I’m in New York City all over again. It’s quite funny.
What is your favorite place in Buenos Aires?
El Ateneo! It is one of the biggest bookstores in South America. According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, El Ateneo is the second best bookstore in the world though I personally think it should be FIRST!
Where are you interning this summer?
I am interning with Red Comunidades Rurales. It a social organization whose mission is to improve the living conditions and development opportunities of rural people in situations of risk or social exclusion. We focus on local development, the environment, health, art and culture, and of course, education. To be quite honest, this organization does A LOT for the community! If you want to learn more, I invite you to check out their website, http://comunidadesrurales.org/. I am honestly so fortunate to be part of the team.
Describe your experience living with three other interns
Andrea, Kimberly, and Jasmine are three very empowering women. We all get along very well. We created house rules to make things run smoothly and so far no rules have been broken. We all want to make this an enjoyable experience. For us, communication is big, but compromising has been key. Yes, sometimes we have some disagreements but instead of avoiding them, we address them. Peace has always been the answer.
What has been the biggest challenge so far?
Food! As a vegan, eating healthy or enough has been quite a challenge. Argentina is very meat-centered. In 2016, they consumed the second largest amount of beef per capita in the world! It’s okay though. My mom promised to have my favorite vegetable soup as soon as I return to the states.
Can you talk about how your family feels about you being abroad?
Of course! However, I think that it deserves it’s own blog so stay tuned for the next one!