Ever since I decided to study abroad in Buenos Aires, I knew I wanted to spend time in Patagonia. I had heard from friends who went, about the landscapes and the incredible forces of nature at work for miles and miles across Argentina. Our spring break finally came last week, and off I went, with my boyfriend, to the lands of Patagonia. We bussed and hitchhiked between El Bolsón, El Hoyo, Lago Puelo, and Los Lagos Region, camping and staying in hostels with an array of other backpackers who…

I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 11 years old once I realized the pop star life wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve changed genres a few times, switching from future fantasy novelist to fiction short story writer to firmly grounded in the realm of non-fiction. I’m majoring in Professional Writing with a Journalism Specialization and a Foreign Language minor. My primary language for my minor is Spanish, and I’ll be picking up a secondary when I return to the States for my senior…

Yes, indeed, it is possible to bike in this bustling city! Moreover, there is a free (gratis) 24-hour bike-share available to locals and tourists in the city; it is called Ecobici. There are about 200 stations located throughout the city which hold these green bikes. All you need to do is sign up at a local municipality office to get your VOS card, which you then scan at any Ecobici station to unlock a bicycle. [Some disclaimers: It can be difficult to find a station equipped with bicycles at certain hours and…

There are a number of “comfort items” that I didn’t realize were so important to me until being away from them for this long. We all have our specific cravings and passions, which may or may not be available outside of the United States, and it’s amazing the joy they are capable of producing. What are your comfort items that you most enjoy? I am fortunate to have found 5 of my own comfort items here, 7000 miles away from home, in the city of Buenos Aires… and what joy…

All of CEA’s excursions are included in the program, and are entirely optional to the individual… I could not think of a reason to not take advantage of the incredible opportunities that CEA offers for students to experience a place you may not otherwise have seen or heard of. Buenos Aires is abundant in things to see and do, arriving here I did not know where to start. In our first two months here so far, CEA has introduced me (and my classmates, I’m sure) to a variety…

I decided I wanted to study abroad before I even decided where I wanted to go to college. The where was the hard part to figure out, because there are so many options to choose from. I narrowed my choices down to Spanish-speaking countries with the declaration of my Foreign Language minor, and CEA’s Early start program in Buenos Aires, Argentina which would allow me to take two Spanish courses in a Spanish-speaking country cemented my decision. However, my immense desire to immerse myself in a foreign culture…

Despite not being a sports fan, I decided to give attending a fútbol game a shot, since I’ve been told it’s one of the things you must do while in Argentina. The experience did not disappoint. I wasn’t always sure what was going on in the Argentina vs. Venezuela FIFA Qualifier match, but that didn’t stop me from getting swept up in the crowd’s enthusiasm. Quinn K. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Professional Writing at Champlain…

Ice Cream is a big deal in Buenos Aires. Maybe because of the warm climate, maybe because of the Italian influence on the cuisine. Regardless of why, ice cream shops are plentiful with a variety of flavors that you’d never find in the states. I love ice cream but am lactose intolerant, so I figured writing a blog on ice cream would give me an excuse to put my lactose pills to use! Stop 1: Lucciano’s Dulce de Leche con Brownies & Banana Split The Recoleta Lucciano’s store…

Why did I choose Buenos Aires? Let me start with the setting: located in South America, Argentina holds so much more than the city of Buenos Aires. The Andes are to the West, Patagonia is in the South, Iguazu Falls are just North, and Uruguay is a short ferry Northeast. Not to mention the variety of other surrounding destinations such as the horse ranches of the Pampas, the cool colonial Córdoba, the incredible lake of Bariloche, and more. I have already made my way out to the Andes to catch the…

My class members applauding the end of the Orquesta Típica performance.

All of my classes here in Buenos Aires have some sort of global or local aspect: International Marketing, Culture & Civilization of Argentina, Communication and Global Competence, History of the Argentine Tango and Intermediate Spanish II. We spend a few hours a week in the classroom for these courses, discussing the readings we did for homework, doing small group activities or presentations, taking notes as the professor lectures, etc. In addition to the in-class learning that doesn’t differ too much from classes back in the states, we also…