A Taste of Diversity in Buenos Aires

May 22, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth shows us some other cultures that help make up Buenos Aires' diverse population.

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With mid-terms underway, the weather getting chillier, and a seasonal flu going around, things have been a bit hectic for me lately in Buenos Aires.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle these past few weeks, I was eager for a change of pace.  Buenos Aires is a city of immigrants, where new and old communities of many different cultures are constantly mingling and creating new spaces.  There’s always something new to try or explore or see, and this week I really enjoyed trying new foods and escaping into the tranquility of the Japanese Gardens.

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Photo: The Bandeja Paisa-- we cleaned the plate.

About the food first. 

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diversity Abroad, Food in Buenos Aires

Global Cities Class Trip to Palacio Borolo

May 18, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah takes a trip to Palacio Borolo, a building designed after Dante's Divine Comedy.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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My 5 Favorite Argentine Phrases

May 15, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth tells us her favorite Argentian Spanish phrases she's learned, and how to use them.

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I came to Argentina knowing very little Spanish (okay, fine, you got me… virtually none at all).  This semester has been my first Spanish class and first serious language class, unless you count a second grade course where we mostly watched movies and I think all I learned was colors. I’ve learned that there are many differences between Argentine Spanish, Spanish in Spain, and the rest of Latin America, most notably the accent and the ‘vos’ form.  Instead of ‘tu’ people use ‘vos’ and pronounce ‘ll’ like ‘j’.  My vocabulary is still pretty limited, but with the help of friends and my host family I’ve managed to pick up a few phrases specific to Argentina.

These are ones I like the most:

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Photo: here’s my host sister, Sofia, humoring me for a picture for the blog

1. Chanta

This one is my favorite, and I’m pleased to say I’ve already used it, and it went over pretty well.  It comes from the verb ‘flatter’, and it’s used to describe a real ladies’ man or player-type who flatters excessively.  It’s pretty insulting, so if you feel the need to tell someone off using this word, it’s better to say ‘Eres un poco chanta’ than to flat out accuse him (or her) of being a chanta.  This is just one of many useful phrases and tips my host has given me.

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La Bomba de Teimpo: Culture in Buenos Aires

May 11, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah takes us to a drumming festival in Buenos Aires known as La Bomba.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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10 Spanish Phrases to Learn Before You Travel to Buenos Aires

May 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.

This is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 important Spanish phrases to know in Buenos Aires that will help you speak like the locals!

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1. Che = hey

This simple word might seem small, but it’s still significant. The new friends you make in Buenos Aires will most likely use this all the time to greet each other or to get each other’s attention, so it’s a good one to remember.

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A Trip to Salta: Seeing Salinas and More

May 8, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth takes a trip to Saltas to see the nearby salt mines and incredible mountain views.

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This past week I left Buenos Aires yet again, this time headed North for sun, mountains, and fields of salt.  My friends and I flew to Salta, a city close to the border of Chile and Bolivia, for a week of hiking, exploring, and lots of eating.  Salta is well-known for traditional food, colorful markets, folklore and Andean music, and views of the surrounding Andes mountain range.  One of the main attractions is a mountain peak with cable-carts and hiking trails leading to the top, where there are breath-taking views of the city.  We didn’t stay very long in Salta, though, because there was too much to do and see in the picturesque towns surrounding the area.

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Photo: our meal of tamales and locro 

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Observations of Buenos Aires Through My Senses

May 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah shows us how she experiences Buenos Aires through sound, sight, smell, and taste.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights, Food in Buenos Aires

Visiting Tigre, a Lush Island Town

May 1, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth takes a trip to Tigre, a town just outisde of Buenos Aires, for a view of it's island way of life.

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This past weekend I took a train to Tigre, a touristy little town just outside Buenos Aires. It's a unique and charming place, and the scenery was a nice contrast to the busy streets and rows upon rows of 10-story buildings I've gotten used to  seeing everyday here in Buenos Aires. Tigre is a river town, and it's got barges and speedboats and canoes and tour boats just about everywhere you look. It's named for the jaguars that once roamed the area, and were hunted by European settlers who built the town and the docks in the early 19th century. Fortunately I didn't see any jaguars, only ducks and adorable dogs. I did see some other signs of wildlife and livestock, though, in the shops and markets near the docks. Fur pelts, shawls, coats, and bags were hung for sale along the walls--sheep, rabbit, cowhide, and lots of otter. After poking around for a while (and buying a straw hat-- Argentine shops almost always have great hats.) it was time for a riverboat ride along some of Tigre's many rivers and canals. 

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How to Get Around Buenos Aires on Public Transportation

Apr 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah's takes us with her on the train and bus, so we know how to navigate Buenos Aires.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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The Southernmost Point: a Week in Patagonia

Apr 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth shows us some incredible views of glaciers and wildlife in Patagonia.

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The week before Easter was Spring Break here in Argentina, and I had an entire week free from classes. I headed to Patagonia, about as far South as possible, for lots of hiking and indescribable views, which I’ll spend this whole post trying to describe anyway. 

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Photo: Perrito Moreno

I went first to a town called El Calafate, at the Southernmost inhabited point in the world! The weather was cool and mild, with lots of breezes blowing in from the lake and mountains that form a picturesque ring around the town. I was so stunned by the variation in the mountain landscape-- jagged peaks capped with ice and snow, rounded boulders, striated cliffs.  I found myself wanting to look everywhere at once, there were just so many views to take in!

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