I've got a Ticket to Ride


I've got a Ticket to Ride

Hi! I'm 21 years old and studying political science with a minor in environmental studies at the University of California, San Diego. After spending the summer working as a Camp Counselor in San Diego, I'm spending the fall semester/quarter of my senior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I'll be back in California at the end of December, only to leave again for Washington D.C. where I will be interning through the UCDC program. After that, I'll finish out my senior year in the spring at UCSD and see where life takes me from there.

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires December 5th 2011

Ive realized that my time here in Buenos Aires is slowly coming to a close and although it makes me really sad...the least I can do is enjoy the short amount of time that I have left. Thursday night after class I decided to meet up with some of my friends in Las Cañitas for a girls night out because Id been dying to check out the neighborhood. It was really fun...we met at a Dutch bar (which I immediatly realized I had been to before) and then headed to Jackie O aftewards. It was a really nice night and we came home early (4a.m. because no one was down to go to a boliche afterwards). Friday I was supposed to have 2 interviews. The first interview I had with the Marine Fish Conservation Network, which ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires December 1st 2011

For anyone that didn't know, I'll be interning in Washington D.C. next quarter. It's been quite the process while in Argentina but I'm on the path to being ready to leave for D.C. My parents booked my flight and I will be flying out from L.A.X. for D.C. on January 2nd, so I will be cutting my would-be month long winter break by 2 weeks. However, it will all be worth it. I'm ready to move in to my apartment there and I have everything paid for, I also registered for my elective class and my research seminar. There's only one set back...I've yet to find an internship. I've applied for around 15 and heard back from some, and not from others. I had an interview with the department of education on Tuesday and I'm not ... read more

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Diablo November 29th 2011

I spent this past weekend in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay, a sleepy beach town close to the Brazillian border. I had planned on leaving last Tuesday and getting back on Monday to spend a night in Montevideo...but the tickets sold out and I would have had to end up going by myself. I left on Friday morning with Susana, Thy and Heather, which was nice becasue I had the rest of the week to work on homework and get a few things done. I called a remise to take us to the ColoniaExpress port in La Boca because our boat left at 8am and we still needed to check-in. We could have take the bus but we just wanted to make sure that we got there on time and didn't miss our boat because Susana got ... read more
eating lunch in Brazil..no big deal
megan and I in Brazil
punta del diablo at a glance

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 24th 2011

This weekend I went to my first Argentine futbol game, Argentina Vs. Bolivia at the River Plate Stadium. I wasn't sure that i wanted to go because soccer isn't really my thing and i didn't want to pay 170 pesos, but I'm so glad that I went. I feel like its one of those experiences that you just can't go without doing while in Argentina. My roommate Dani sold me here Argentina jersey for 40 pesos (such a steal) so my roomates and I were all decked out for the game. We even painted little Argentine flags on our faces. It was a beautiful day and we had a few friends over to the house for some drinks before we headed out because we live walking distance from the stadium. It was so nice to be ... read more
Vamos Argentina!

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 21st 2011

So it's been a while since I've been consistently posting blogs. I've been a little behind but I just finished posting my most recent big trips and I have a list of things that I still need to blog about. So don't worry...more excitement from life in Buenos Aires is on its way. This past weekend I went a little crazier than I normal do as far as going out goes. I generally don't like the whole Boliche scene where agressive Argentine men try to grab you or kiss you within the first 5 minutes of meeting you. I'm not saying that all Argentine are like that, just the ones that seem to frequent the boliches (nightclubs) here. But, it was my good friend here Meghan's 23rd birthday...so we had to celebrate. Thursday night Susana's family ... read more
me in front of the casa rosada
colorful houses in La Boca
me on the pink bridge I pass on my bus ride to school everyday

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Tigre November 12th 2011

I love the train in Buenos Aires. Its really fast and cheap because it's subsidized by the government. I take it a lot home from school if I don't feel like waiting for a bus during rush hour. However, because the trains are subsidized, the city lacks funding to keep them up and they're pretty rickety and old. This saturday I decided that I wanted to go to Tigre with my friend Shannon to visit the amusement park that they have there. I was pretty excited to go and they also have a really cool feria there that I was hoping I could go to to get some souvenirs. Well, I was supposed to meet my friend Shannon at the train at 1pm at the ticket window. I don't know what happened but someone told Shannon ... read more

I finally made it to Patagonia! I've seriously wanted to go for so long. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't make it to the southern part to see penguins and glaciers, but that can wait for another trip to South America...and I still went to Patagonia. My friend Meghan and I left Friday afternoon on hopped on a bus that took around 25 hours to get to Bariloche. By the time we got there Saturday around 6 and took a colectivo with our new Dutch friend to our Hostal, we were so tired that we just ate our dinner and headed back to our room. We had the option of booking a trek to a glacier but decided against it because it was a little pricy (which I regret now) and decided that we would ... read more
bariloche cathedral
ashy bariloche

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú October 30th 2011

This past weekend I went to the province of Misiones in the northeast of Argentina with my program CEA. The Bus picked us up from the Global Campus in Retiro (which was really nice because it meant we didn't have to walk through the madness of the bus terminal) for a 13 hour bus ride. We arrived in the morning and transferred to a bus where we went to a traditional estancia (ranch). It was really nice to hang out by the pool and swim. Plus we also had an asada (bbq) with traditional argentine food and some of the best desserts i've had here (i ate so much this weekend). after lunch we headed out to see the gauchos (argentine cowboys) at work. It was pretty cool but once they started artificially inseminating cattle i ... read more
Just hanging out
Los Arboles

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 26th 2011

I had my second round of midterms this week. ugh but overall they werent that hard. plus monday i went on another field trip with my literature class. we went to palacio barolo in centro. its a really cool building that is based on the divine comedy by dante. each level of the building is supposed to represent a different level of hell, pergatory, or heaven. i didnt really understand all of the symbolism because i never read the book, but it was pretty crazy to see such an elaborate building with everyday offices in it. i really enjoyed the tour, especially because he would say a phrase in spanish and then english, so i could test my listening comprehension skills. my favorite part of the building was the top level. we walked up several levels ... read more
dante's infermo
looking up on the elevator to hell
Looking out the window

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 23rd 2011

Its so true, im always working for the weekend here. I love the weekends here because not only do i have a 3 day weekend every weekend, but i also get to sleep in as long as i want, go out, and take a break from the weekday commute to school (sometimes up to an hour each way by bus). Thursday Night: I started the night of at another Spanglish event and had so much fun. I met some really cool people and received a lot of reccomendations for things to do in Argentina. We also met a really nice Argentine woman and had dinner with her on the terrace of the thai restaurant/ bar where spanglish was held. it was the first food ive had here other than argentine food which was really exciting. the ... read more
Enjoying a lovely friday afternoon in a skirt at MALBA
av libertador
park in palermo

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