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Five Months Make Twenty Changes

Five Months Make Twenty Changes

Before starting this whole study abroad thing, I heard from everyone and everywhere that I would change as a person and learn many things from living in a different country. I couldn’t help but constantly think of this throughout my time in Argentina, and I tried to keep a mental list of things that changed about me. Well, naturally, I forgot that list. So, here’s 20 things that I can think of off the top of my head. Also, I’m…

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Quick uptake and what I’ve been up to (Late Nov – Dec) 

Quick uptake and what I’ve been up to (Late Nov – Dec) 

Forgive the lack of pictures. Forgive the spelling mistakes (as in the second word of the title). Forgive the improper punctuation. Forgive the random words that don’t belong, be them Spanish or English. This post is not going to be proofread, and very little thought went into its organization; basically it’s word vomit. As well, I’m typing this entirely on my phone with my two thumbs… PIA… It’s been a long time since I posted and I probably won’t have…

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Lessons From a Dog

Lessons From a Dog

Me (as I’m waving my phone around): “I’m trying to find the best internet signal.” Will: “It’s back in the United States.” Once again, trying to make time to post. Half of this was written in September, October managed to escape me, now we’re here… Also, lots of pictures were taken in that time! Something clicked. It took about six weeks, but something finally did click. Learning Spanish has always been a struggle for me. I love the concept of learning…

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Okay, I Do Miss a Few Things

Okay, I Do Miss a Few Things

Negative Nancy helped me write this blog as it focuses solely on what I miss from the States. Since I’m not a fan of whining about things that I can’t change, I would like to put it out there that the following things that I miss are not necessary at all for me to live down here, or even to have a good time. As I explained in the last post, I love this place. I am getting more comfortable…

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A Moon Beneath the Equator

A Moon Beneath the Equator

Sunday (the 3rd) marked a full month of living in Mendoza for me. This past August was easily the fastest month of my entire life. I can confidently say that every day of the month I either did something that was brand-new to me, or I met someone who I had never known before. Ever since I got down here I have only been able to think one day at a time. If I tried to plan any further ahead…

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That whole Spanish language thing

That whole Spanish language thing

“You’re hot then you’re cold You’re yes then you’re no You’re in then you’re out You’re up then you’re down You’re wrong when it’s right It’s black and it’s white We fight, we break up We kiss, we make up” Hot n Cold – Katy Perry Warning: Lots of words, few pictures (but I am in the process of loading pictures to the “Pictures” page). Hearing music that I can understand is somewhat of a relief. I didn’t realize how…

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Hugs and Kisses, Lots of Kisses!

Hugs and Kisses, Lots of Kisses!

My first impression of Mendoza = squished. Omaha has a river to the east, but nothing else constricting it, so it’s very spacious. I am used to spacious. I’ve never spent a lot of time in large cities, so I do not know exactly what to compare this place to. Mendoza isn’t a large city by any stretch. Mendoza proper is actually kind of small, and the metro area is only slightly larger than Omaha, but it feels similar to…

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Technical Difficulties

Technical Difficulties

Leg 3 of my 4-part flight to Mendoza sat on the runway in Bogota for over an hour due to “technical difficulties” (I’ve worked in the service industry long enough to know that phrase means, “something’s wrong here but we have absolutely no clue what it is”). It took a while to work out those “difficulties,” or we just got lucky, but eventually we took off. On my original itinerary, I was supposed to arrive in Santiago sometime around 6am…

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‘Install Now’ / ‘Remind Me Later’

‘Install Now’ / ‘Remind Me Later’

Software updates, they suck. Every device I own is always asking me if I want to update the software or if it would like to “Remind me later” (‘later’ in computer language roughly translates to ‘how about again in 5 minutes’). Like everyone presented with this question I punch the “Remind Me Later” button because I know that what I need to do now is more important than watching a circle spin around on my screen–despite how fun that is….

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-The WHERE-

-The WHERE-

South, wayyy south… the country so close to the frozen continent of Antarctica that penguins looking for a tropical getaway can be found there. I think Argentina is the perfect country to study Spanish for a semester. I knew from the very start that I did not want to go Spain (probably the first country most people would think about to study Spanish abroad) because I felt like English is more widely spoken in Europe. I am sure I could…

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