Many apologies for the long delay in between posts but it’s for a few reasons. First of all, I spent five days traveling to the Salta and Jujuy provinces in the Northwest of Argentina, all by myself!! It was something I really wanted to do but I was really nervous and spent the few days before barely sleeping and just wondering what I would do for five days alone. The trip turned out to be incredible beyond words! I spent time in Cafayate, known for its spectacular quebrada of mountains and wine making. It was beautiful and also where I met a group of Australians that I spent the rest of the trip with. I not only gained travel buddies (with a rental car) but hopefully friends that I can see again when they come back to Buenos Aires in December. We continued on to Tilcara, in the province of Jujuy and I loved it. It’s really close to Bolivia, a place I’d love to visit so many travelers were on their way to/from there. Tilcara is a little town with great empanadas (filled with quinoa!!) and the culture is really Andean and different than what I’ve seen in other parts of Argentina. There are amazing alpaca sweaters (yes, I got one and it is perfect), handmade pottery, and llama dishes on every menu. We did some day trips to the towns of Humahuaca and Pumamarca both of which have breathtaking mountains right near by and even had a multicultural birthday party for a french friend we made at the hostel. The group that night featured Australians, Americans, Dutch, French, Argentine, German and Uruguayan people which I happen to think is incredibly cool. Getting back to Buenos Aires was a little bit of a hassle but it was all worth it and I got upgraded to first class for getting to the airport really early, thanks to the bus schedule.
I got back to Buenos Aires on monday and am now in the thick of final papers and oral presentations (I have 4 in the next week and three papers). I’m also realizing how little time I have left in this city and in this little life I’ve created. I really feel a lot busier in a positive way. I know more people, I know the streets better, I sometimes can guess how long things will take. In addition, I have more weekly commitments such as a conversation club at Hillel and a volunteering session at an 6th grade english class. I’m also really only in this city till the end of November because I have a trip to Uruguay and a trip to Patagonia from November 28-December 9th and go home on the 13th. It just feels really crazy and to quote my own tweet which quotes Taylor Swift, time flies when you’re happy free confused and lonely at the same time. I’ve felt all of those things so many times throughout this experience and I’m not ready for it to end.