May 14, 2017
“No he estado por todos lados, pero están en mi lista”.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag
When I sit back and think in amazement about the amount of time that I have been in Córdoba, Argentina, it doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for thirteen weeks. With only about eight weeks to go until my return back to the states (in reality it’s less than two months), let’s just say, I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m at the point now, where, although I have enjoyed my time here, and it’s definitely been a journey full of ups and downs, I’m starting to feel ready to go back home. I’m experiencing so many mixed emotions knowing that, metaphorically, in the blink of an eye, my time here in South America will soon come to a close. Argentina as a country is so vast, geographically diverse and full of distinct cultures and ways of living in each province, that there’s still so many places I want to go and things that I want to do! However, I know that it’s impossible to see everything during the short time span left that I have here. For this reason, it’s time to embrace even more opportunities and take advantage of all the many different ways that I can become more immersed and knowledgeable of the Spanish culture.
In previous blog entries, I’ve shared my travel experiences that I have had in and out of the province of Córdoba, Argentina such as in Alta Gracia, Carlos Paz, and my previous adventure to Mendoza! But, although my trips to those locations were culturally enriching, distinct sites that I have visited right here in the city has exposed me even further to Argentine ways of living and thinking. Yesterday, my Spanish speaking partner and I visited two art museums.(El museo Emilio Caraffa and El museo Provincial Palacio Dionisi) Although I’m not an artist at the least, I truly enjoyed my time at both sites. The first one displayed distinct Argentine artists in nine different exhibits along with the history of their lives and their works. Taking pictures of the actual art in the museum is not allowed, (I managed to pick up a brochure and I was able to take a sample picture from there) but I learned a great deal about these creators and their reasons behind their abstract works of art. For instance, the majority of Fernando O’Connor’s works reflects his interest in the human figure, shape and form. The second museum displays photography about music and Peruvian culture and is considered the first photographic museum of Córdoba that depicts local and national works of South America.
During the time that I have been here thus far, I’ve been trying to update you as much as possible on my recent travels within South America and my feelings in a foreign land. However, this coming Friday, I will be taking another long bus trip SOLO to Luján, Buenos Aires for a week, to visit a Spanish professor who came to Susquehanna University during my freshman year. Since I will not have my laptop with me, I won’t be able to write another blog post until the last week of May and into early June. I just wanted to give you all a heads up so you wouldn’t be too worried. Once I return from Luján, I will only have six weeks left in South America. My Spanish speaking partner and I are in the process of compiling a list of places to go and things to do within these short weeks that I have in this beautiful country. I’m looking forward to sharing my independent travel experience in Luján with all of you in addition to my other upcoming last minute adventures!