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Monday, June 29, 2009


"What's New, Buenos Aires?"

We just got back from our Study Abroad trip to Argentina and Chile, and what an adventure! We arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital, on May 10. Our first excursion was to a market called San Telmo. We went to eat at a restaurant in the square with a nice patio overlooking the terrace. It was an interesting experience, trying to use the little Spanish that we knew to order our meals. There were a few things that we learned about the culture of eating out in Argentina that we used for the rest of the trip. First of all, it is almost impossible to get separate checks, so it’s always best to carry cash with you (small bills!). Secondly, some places have English translated menus, but most of them are in Spanish only. Finally, drinks come in bottles and you only get one…no free refills!

We also got a chance to see The Phantom of the Opera, or La Fantasma de la Opera in Spanish. The music was outstanding, and the special effects were amazing. It was fun to dress up and go out in Buenos Aires for a night on the town. Overall, Buenos Aires was an amazing city, very similar to New York or Chicago, and a great place to start our trip!

--Ryan & Brent