What am I getting myself into?
In five days, I will be moving to the Southern Hemisphere, and specifically to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I will be living there from September until April 2018.
My college has a wonderful study abroad program that tempted me from my first tour. The awesome tour guide was a wizard with his words of, “Studying abroad in foreign, enchanting lands like Germany… Switzerland… Argentina…”
A lot of people have asked me, “Why in the world would you choose Argentina over Switzerland?”
1) Spanish. I love Spanish and want to be fluent someday, and surprisingly, Argentines speak Spanish, in the prettiest dialect, I might add! Therefore, what attracted me to this program was the language, which is also my major. Funny enough.
Me gusta la idioma de español… Es muy poética…
While I have forgotten mucho over the summer, there is no doubt to me that Spanish is one of the most romantic, beautiful languages out there. Sorry, English.
2) Travel opportunities throughout South America. Some people have mentioned their reasoning for studying abroad in South America as, “I’ve been to Europe. I’ll go to Asia, Africa, etc., but when will I be able to go to South America again?”
I have never been anywhere except the Canadian border. I know how much of a blessing it is to be able to go ANYWHERE, and there is something about the grandeur of Chile, Perú, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Argentina that is so different than say, Europe.
South America glitters with magical realism, a genre in fiction I recently discovered through genius Gabriel García Márquez, and the jungles and the Amazon and the rainforests and the Orinoco and the Andes have always been in my mind since I was a little girl. The Inca amazed me; the Nasca Lines haunted me. I always thought of South America as a continent of amazing, fortuitous legend and got creeped out when I heard about new people groups being discovered in the humid jungles.
I know South America is much more than my perception as a child, but no other foreign continent inspired me like this one, and I can’t wait to visit all the (safe) places I can.
3) Adventure & God’s calling.
Simply put, God’s leading me to this beautiful country. There cannot be another explanation for this… What an opportunity! We’ll see how it goes, and I’m sure I’ll reporting here about many of my journeys.
This time next week, I’ll be there. What a crazy thought!
Until next time,