How did this happen so fast?

This is my last full week in Buenos Aires and this weekend is my last weekend here. Next thursday, I leave for a thanksgiving trip with the entire program to Uruguay where we will visit Colonia, a former Portuguese colony and Punta del Este, a beach town. We get home around 11 on the 1st of December and I have a 7 am flight to Patagonia on the 2nd. I’ll be in Patagonia for a week and return to BA the afternoon of the 9th. My flight back to New York leaves on the 13th. BASICALLY ABROAD IS ALMOST OVER AND THAT’S A CRISIS.

Some things that have happened in the last week:

  • I attended a human rights trial for one of the victims of the dictatorship. My UBA professors organized a day we would all meet. It took two hours to get underway (even in the courthouse no one was asked for ID) but I got to hear about an hour and a half before I had to leave for another class. The person was testifying on behalf of his brother, a paraplegic, and two friends who disappeared from the Facultad de Arquitectura in 1977. The man speaking is a lawyer by trade and his case was impeccable and full of so many facts. Argentina’s human rights trials are some of the only cases in the world where a testimony can be the sole proof and if this man’s testimony is any indication, you need facts. There were details about the bus driver who noticed they weren’t there one day, the Professor they had angered, their involvement in the communist party, the special car the paraplegic brother had and the names of the people who had last seen him enter it, everything. The lawyers were asking questions about these details and about how the man realized they were at ESMA (the military school where lots of people were detained and tortured). The man delivered this case without a single notecard in front of him and it was striking to see how detail oriented and unemotional he was, repeating this story for the likely hundredth time but that day, it counted. His case was part of a group trial for ESMA victims but it was the only one I heard. I had been picturing a crying woman, which I’m sure happens too but it certainly surprised me and I’m really glad I was able to go. Some people go to almost every single one of these trials, they recognize each other and have this little community and lots of organizations help the family and friends of victims put together their cases. If you want to read more about why Argentina is so hard to understand, I recommend this article.
  • I saw the movie About Time with some friends on friday which was great after a really busy week. It wasn’t Love Actually level but still a very sweet story about a british family. And it wasn’t dubbed, thank goodness. Also got home at 3 AM from seeing this movie and getting one drink afterwards because this country has a clock of its own. Also I got that one drink at a bar that seemed to be having an 80s/90s night and was playing Madonna videos on the projector circa her brunette days.
  • I finished one of my classes! Two more finish on thursday and I’ll be done attending class a week from today. I just have to write 25 pages and give an oral presentation in the next week, no biggie. Just kidding, it’s time for academic stress.
  • Nicole and I officially signed our lease for senior year (by sending pictures and money from far away places) and I’m so excited!!! It’s also not a real thing that I will be a senior less than a year from now. How did that happen?
  • I went to my friend’s birthday dinner and wound up at a funk concert somewhere in southern Buenos Aires. Not a surprise at this point.
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural imperialism especially when I see the kids at the school where I volunteer. They’re singing Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and reading the Hunger Games (one asked me if a mockingjay was a real bird) and they’re only 12. While I’m abroad, I hear english music everywhere, at bars, on the bus. I hear my host mom watching Glee and American movies. I’m writing a research paper on Tanzania in which the only sources my Professor could recommend are in English: there’s not spanish language scholarship in this area. All these things are a weird source of comfort, even when I was in Salta completely alone, the language of the group was English and having it as my mother tongue is a privilege I’m only starting to wrap my head around.  RELATED: Next week is my final week at the school and the English teacher is letting Claire, another volunteer on IFSA, and I teach the kids with a song! So I’m taking suggestions for “cool” songs that 12 year olds of both genders will like and be able to understand the lyrics of. Get at me.
  • I’m also really into this city in the springtime. There are purple flowers on the trees, spring breezes on the buses, and no jackets! It’s already snowed in New York and that is not good.

xoxo

peaches on the balcony are my new snacks of choice
peaches on the balcony are my new snacks of choice
going to miss this mug, not so much the white bread
going to miss this mug, not so much the white bread

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tea on the balcony
tea on the balcony
tiny garden that sometimes leaves its gates open as I walk to the gym
tiny garden that sometimes leaves its gates open as I walk to the gym
Nora and I went to happy hour on monday because study breaks are needed.
Nora and I went to happy hour on monday because study breaks are needed.
My quiche today looked like a pie and I did not complain.
My quiche today looked like a pie and I did not complain.
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One thought on “How did this happen so fast?

  1. I cant believe the trip is almost over. I still feels like you were just applying to college! Safe travels and have a fantastic time. Im so happy for and proud of you. cant wait to hear about rest of your trip and sending love xo

    Ps, send photos of the new apartment!

    From: “Abigail Talks (Too Much)” <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: “Abigail Talks (Too Much)” <comment+pyueqgw6hfefh-5glyadmc@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM To: Teal Cannaday <teal@tealentertainment.com> Subject: [New post] How did this happen so fast?

    abigailrkoffler posted: “This is my last full week in Buenos Aires and this weekend is my last weekend here. Next thursday, I leave for a thanksgiving trip with the entire program to Uruguay where we will visit Colonia, a former Portuguese colony and Punta del Este, a beach town.”

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