In Buenos Aires, Argentina, students can choose to homestay with a local host family or live in apartments. Some fall 2017 CEA students give the reasons why they chose to homestay, and present the highlights of their experience. Quinn K. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Professional Writing at Champlain College. Royalty Free Music from Bensound

Buenos Aires was the birthplace of Argentine Tango, and experiencing the dance is an essential part of any visitor’s experience in the city. You could do this through seeing a tango show—there are plenty constantly being marketed to tourists—but the best way to experience tango is to do so first-hand by attending a milonga. A milonga is a club for dancing tango, and there’s pretty much at least one happening every night of the week from early evening to early into the following morning. Some have cover fees;…

As a Sociology major studying in Buenos Aires, I have been observing and learning the cultural norms here, specifically in comparison to the norms in the United States. Understanding the people, the life, and the values in this city has greatly broadened my personal perspective in the field I am captivated by. As I have written previously in blogs, I am not a city girl, but I have enjoyed this immersion into Argentine culture for the insight it has brought me, both in my major and my personal life. From the cafes…

It’s hard to pick just a few favorite places in Buenos Aires. There are so many amazing museums, gorgeous parks and fascinating buildings. However, a lot of the top attractions are things you see: places you go to look at something, take some pictures, then move on to the next spot. To properly explore another country, you can’t just look at things, you need to do them. So here are my favorite experiences that I think everyone should have in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid El Ateneo Grand Splendid is…

Here we are at our last week in Buenos Aires with CEA, as the Spring fades into Summer, and we all are having our final moments appreciating the coffee culture, the nightlife, the resto-bars, the artesian fairs on the streets, the tango on the plazas, the terrace at my homestay… The list goes on! I have made so many memories, so many connections with places and people, which I will never forget. My Spanish and my confidence in communicating have improved more than I could have imagined. I…

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…