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Reflecting on a Semester Abroad in Buenos Aires

Jun 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2016_Tommy_Sullivan.jpgTommy Sullivan is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A broadcasting and Spanish major Western Kentucky University, he is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

This is Tommy's last post as a CAPA blogger. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us over the last four months, Tommy! We wish you all the best.

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I’ve never been able to sleep on planes. While this was mostly a curse on my long flight back to the United States, it’s a blessing in that I was able to spend some of that time reflecting on my semester in Buenos Aires. I started writing this blog post thousands of feet above Argentina, but I decided not to finish until I had a few days at home. It’s about what I’ll miss from last semester.

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In my previous blog post, I wrote about how I would miss my friends from Buenos Aires. It hits me a little bit harder each day that I won’t be able to see them for a while, if ever again. I built great friendships with great people, and I am lucky to have had them in my life, even if it was only for a semester. Of course, the Internet makes keeping in touch super easy.

I miss learning new things all of the time. Topics my classmates and I read about and discussed in our courses on Argentina and Latin America would be relevant to things we saw every day. Conversations at weekly CAPA meetings would spark new lessons about the city and its people. The cultural events we went to gave me another frame to view Buenos Aires through. I felt like I was enriching my education at every turn and growing in my understanding at every step.

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More superficially, I miss the public transportation of such a global city. My commute to work since being back home can reach up to an hour, most of which I spend in traffic. The bus in Buenos Aires gave me the chance to read or respond to emails or just passively sit and relax. Taxis were always an option to get home no matter where I was—now, I’m sharing a car with my younger brother. Plus, everything was so close in Buenos Aires. The laundry, the grocery store, restaurants, and other important businesses were all less than two blocks away for the most part. Though I love my suburban home, I’m already a little sick of driving everywhere.

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I miss the museums of Buenos Aires, too. I would walk by one seemingly every couple of blocks and plan to stop in later. I miss the street art. There was always a thought-provoking piece or two no matter where I walked. I miss the parks. There was almost a dozen within walking distance from my homestay that I could visit whenever I wanted. I miss all the old buildings. The architecture impressed me more and more each day. I miss all the activity. There were always a thousand different things going on every day. I miss the politics. Through the shows my host family watched, I was following daily updates on a few court cases involving federal officials. I miss the food. I’ve written a lot about food this semester for good reason—it was so good!

I’m so thankful to have a city and an experience that I will miss so much. Buenos Aires will always stay with me!

Thanks Tommy!

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Topics: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers