An Interview: Meet my Roommate!

Jun 12, 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 interviews her roommate, Alejandra, discussing various cultures and art.

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During my stay in Buenos Aires I’ve met students, travelers, and expatriates from all over the world.  Coming from Pittsburgh, a fairly small, provincial city, I’ve been amazed by this city’s diverse, cosmopolitan population. Walking down the Av. 9th of July or sitting in a cafe I’ve heard people speaking French, English, German, Russian, Mandarin, and much more. Attending an international school like Austral has opened my eyes to new perspectives, and has taught me a little about how the US differs from and is perceived by other parts of the world.

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Photo:  Alejandra in front of her University, holding El Salvador’s flag.

In my homestay, I’ve been lucky enough to meet many travelers and students who stayed with my host. As of the past few months, my roommate Alejandra and I have been the only boarders, and we’ve had a great time going out dancing, studying (okay, maybe not a "great time" studying), and watching netflix at home. So without further introduction, meet Alejandra! (A little more about her- Alejandra is 21 years old and is from El Salvador).

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires Interviews

Making My Study Abroad Dreams a Reality in Buenos Aires

Jun 9, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SaraRountree_BuenosAires_Headshot-1.pngSally Rountree is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology major and Public Health minor at Simmons College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires on a custom program this semester.

In her first post, Sally tells us about getting accepted to her program and what she's most looking forward to in Buenos Aires.

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Before I came to college it was my dream to study abroad. I imagined myself spending a semester in Paris walking down cobblestone streets and buying fresh made bread every morning in the bakery. I imagined becoming fluent in French and returning in the years to come. I imagined walking down the streets of London or Cardiff and going to the theater. Traveling abroad was one of my ultimate goals during college, and I picked a school that I thought would help me accomplish that goal. Originally, I went to Ithaca College, but I transferred to Simmons at the beginning of my junior year – this year. Since I was transferring I figured my chances of studying abroad were lost.

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Then, during orientation, we were encouraged to go around to all of the offices on campus and learn about their programs. I went to the study abroad office and stayed there for a while, looking at what they offered. After talking to Joseph Stanley, the director, I realized that Simmons offered summer study abroad options. If I found something I liked, it would still be possible for me to study abroad and finish all the necessary credits to graduate on time!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Argentine Style and Volunteer Day

Jun 8, 2017 11:30:00 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 gives us a lesson in fashion before giving back to the local community.

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Volunteering Abroad, Fashion

An Interview with Erwin Luchtenberg, Professor of Sociology at Universidad Austral

Jun 5, 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 interviews professor Erwin Luchtenberg, who teaches a class about ways to conduct sociological research.

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This week I interviewed Erwin Luchtenberg, one of my favorite professors here at Austral University in Buenos Aires.  The interview is below, but I’ll first give some background information about the University and the nature of the course Erwin teaches together with Paola Salgado.

The course is called Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research Methodology, and it provides an overview of the different ways of thinking about and conducting sociological research.  The class has been really informative, and also one of the most fun classes I’ve ever taken!  Our coursework involves a research project about tango, and so Erwin and Paola have taken students on trips to Milongas for fieldwork.

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Austral University is a private university, with a large main campus in Pilar, 45 minutes outside of Buenos Aires.  I attend a small branch campus in the city center, where many classes are taught in English, and most of the students are international.  With that said, below is a condensed version of my interview with Erwin. 

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Posted in: Interviews, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires Interviews

Vlog: A Trip to Iguazu Falls

Jun 1, 2017 11:30:00 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 Humphrey takes a trip to the impressive Iguazu Falls, Paraguay, and Brazil.

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A Visit to MALBA in Buenos Aires

May 29, 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 visits the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and tells us about some pieces of art she saw.

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This week I finally visited one of Buenos Aires’ most famous attractions, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. MALBA was opened in 2001, and is known for displaying some of Latin America’s most prominent and culturally significant art pieces, although it has some international exhibits as well.  Having taken, through CAPA, a course on Art in Latin America, I was thrilled to not just recognize some works and artists, but to actually understand the cultural, philosophical, and political context behind.  As much as I love visiting museums, this was the first time I really felt I understood something about the art beyond just a kind of immediate emotional response. Thanks to Buenos Aires, I can finally feel smugly cultured in an art museum!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina

A Taste of Home at Jay's American Restaurant

May 25, 2017 3:30:00 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 shows us her meal at Jay's American Restaurant for a taste of home abroad.

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Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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

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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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Global Cities

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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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights