Here in Buenos Aires everything is going very well! Our University is excellent and there is qualified professors. They are happy to tell us about their culture in Argentina. We have very much tasks in little groups which is nice way to get to know each other. Most of the other excahange students are from France. Punctuality is the most different thing in the lessons, because in Finland we are so punctual and Argentinians and french aren’t. But now we are getting use to it!
At the freetime I desided to get know other countries in South-America too. Now I have seen Iguazu Falls between Argentina and Brazil. That was awesome. I was there two nights in the hostel “in the middle of the jungle” (that’s how it felt like). Hostel was very comfortable and there was many exchange stundents from different countries at the same time. We had nice pool parties at the night and weather couldn’t be any better!
In the march we finnish exchange students made trip to the Uruguay. We travelled there first one hour by ferry and then three hours by bus, it was easy trip. We spend one weekend there in a little hostel. Montevideo was peaceful city after the metropolis Buenos Aires. We laid on the beach and we had a tasty dinners in fine restaurants. In uruguay there was also tango dancers on the street same than in Argentina.
In the April I and my friend went to Rio de Janeiro Brazil and we spent there five days. We were suprised because brazilians doesn’t spoke spanish very well. And English at all! In Brazil there weren’t that expensive than in Buenos Aires. We were shopping in the bazar and we swam in the ocean. Cobacabana and Ipanema -beaches was amazing! And one of my favorite was Sugarloaf mountain!
I love this new culture and warm weather. I arrived here on january when here is hottest summertime, +36 degrees! It feels so good to be in here when there is so freezing and snowing in Finland. God, I’m gonna miss this already. Lovely South-America, I hope we meet soon again!
Argentina is the land of mate, asado, empanadas, tango and Malbec. And so much more! For someone who knows Spanish, you probably also noticed their different way of speaking in the headline. I never got used to using vos instead of tú. Hah or anything else, like their pronunciation.
During my exchange I lived in the capital Buenos Aires and studied Latin business in Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. When I arrived in January it was the middle of summer there. BA is a huge city and there are things to do and experience endlessly! The barrio (neighborhood) I lived in was Palermo, which had everything – bars, restaurants, shops, nightlife and activities. It was really cool area and also very safe. Porteños (the locals) share the amazing culture with the rest of the Latin world of friendly and open people, tasty food, awesome music and dance and laid-back lifestyle. I felt at home right from the beginning.
So how was it to live there? Sun and heat, packed up metros (or subte as it is called there), late night dinners, hanging out with friends over mate or wine… Or asado, which is the traditional Argentinean barbecue. Sounds pretty chill, right? Nightlife starts much later than in Finland: people go to clubs between 12-02 and they’re open until 7 in the morning when the sun has already risen.
We usually had Fridays off which gave us the liberty of travelling a bit. It was surprisingly expensive to live and travel there (for decades Argentina has suffered from raging inflation) so unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to go to as many places as I had hoped, but I did see quite a lot. In Argentina I visited a few coastal cities: Mar del Plata which is the closest beach resort and Necochea. From Argentina I went to Brazil (Rio) and Iguazu Falls, which are a must-see if you’re on that side of the world! Stunning. Another trip I made earlier was to Uruguay (Montevideo and Punta del Este), which is really easily reached and cheap from Buenos Aires by ferry, a definite go-to as well.
Hasta luego Latinoamérica! I just know I have to go back <3