Alejandra Vazquez Baur

IES Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Relations/Math

Describe your typical day:
The program was very hands-off. They plan trips but you don’t have to go, so I was able to make my time in Buenos Aires what I wanted. On a normal day, I woke up, ate breakfast, and took a bus to class. After class, I’d go to a café to talk to locals or meet friends. On any given night something was going on. I heard a lot of live music. Some days, I’d go to a park or a new part of town. I was really flexible with my time.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? 
I loved every part. Two blocks north of where I lived, the park that cuts across the whole north of the city starts. People work out there, walk their dogs, and run by the water. There are museums along the park, and it’s full of trees and flowers. Families, couples, everyone flocks there. 

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
Being able to meet locals. Speaking Spanish before I went allowed me to expand beyond the U.S. bubble and make friends I still keep in touch with.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Steak. You could get a nice steak meal for less than $13.

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus?
Completely separating myself from what was going on in the states and the reach of social media. I wanted to separate myself completely.

Advice:
You have to be okay with the fact that life abroad is not always going to be perfect, it’s still real life. Just take it day by day.