Monthly Archives: November 2013
This week, iE-USA decided to feature Argentina as its Country Destination on our blog. Here are the top five reasons to travel to Argentina:
1. Amazing food: Tender steak, amazing roasted chicken, beef or ham and cheese ’empanadas’ (pastries), Italian food such as Gnocchi, pizza, homemade ravioli; and ‘tortas’ or ‘tortitas’ (biscuits) will be daily staples!
2. Amazing people: Almost every traveler to Argentina realizes instantly how friendly, sociable, and outgoing most Argentines are. They’ll invite you over for a barbecue, introduce you to their family, ask you about where you’re from, and you will be part of the group in no time. It’s hard to be homesick that way!
3. Soccer pride: The most popular question to ask someone in Argentina is “De que equipo sos?”, meaning “What team do you support?” and there is always a strong love for soccer behind this question and the answer. Even if you aren’t a soccer fan now, going to a soccer game is a must, and you’ll be a Boca or River fan in no time.
4. The language: The Spanish in Argentina, while unique, is also fun to learn. It has a song-like quality and has fun words like “Todo bien” (All good), and “manso!” (Cool/Incredible) to learn.
5. The scenery: You can be looking at one of the biggest mountains in Latin America one moment, and then swimming on the Atlantic or Pacific coast the other. Argentina has a lot to give, including a broad range of climates and regional differences.
Extra reason: This is where the Outbound Director of iE-USA chose to study when she was 15… so that must tell you something!
Interested? Look here for more information about Argentina and how to apply: http://usa.international-experience.net/study-abroad/countries-and-prices/argentina/
Robert Louis Stevenson once said,”There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
That is how I felt when I first arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. I was a foreigner, in a completely new environment, with new family and new friends. Cape Town, however, quickly welcomed me with open arms and showed me all there is to love about this amazing city.
Each weekend brings a new adventure. I have waddled around with penguins, and gotten up close and personal with baboons and seals. I have spent hours climbing the mountains that engulf this beautiful city, and surfed the waves of the marvelous beaches. But, while I will remember these experiences forever, it is the people of Cape Town who have made my stay so special. My host family has shown me nothing but love. I have enjoyed getting to know my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, and I can proudly say that I feel like a member of the family.
The students at school were eager to teach me all there is to know about South Africa and, also, to learn about my culture in The States. And the people I encounter, as I make my way around town, always smile, ask questions, and surely know hospitality.
I don’t feel like a foreigner anymore, because Cape Town has become a place I call home.
-Maria, South Africa 2013