Last week we had an entire week off of school and I had a decision to make.
Stay in and around Córdoba and take advantage of this week catching up on rest and studying (something I really need to do)? Or, take a trip by myself to one of the destinations I wanted to visit?
Needless to say, I went with the second option.
I have to say, I was a little nervous since this would become the first time I have ever gone anywhere basically alone. Yes, I was meeting up with friends, but since they had class I was going to be on my own during the days.
First, I headed to Buenos Aires for four and a half days, and stayed with two other rebels abroad, Maddie and Rebecca.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Buenos Aires since I have heard so many different things. (Riley, another blogger, was also recently there, and you should check out her post! ) I had heard it was big and it was very different from Córdoba, but I wanted to see for myself.
It definitely was different, mainly because the capital city is MASSIVE. There are a lot of open park areas, which makes for a lot of walking in between the big sights to see. But, the best way to get through a lot of walking is to go on a walking tour, and I took advantage of two while I was there. The best way to know a city is to walk it and my guides were very knowledgable and really fun, which made passing 3 hours in the city a breeze.
We walked around all of the famous landmarks, such as the Casa Rosada, the Teatro Colón, Avenida 9 de Julio (Argentineans like to boast that it is the “widest avenue in the world” and even though that fact is debatable, don’t try and argue about it with an Argentine!), Calle Florida, Recoleta Cemetery and more. I also found other cool places on my own, like the Japanese Garden, a few museums, and a giant metal flower sculpture.
After my time in BA came to an end, I took a ferry and a bus over to Montevideo, Uruguay to visit Joe, another rebel abroad.
The vibe in Uruguay was definitely different to that in Argentina. Everyone is much more open and relaxed. The city was beautiful, but also freezing cold.
I took another walking tour here, and I am glad I did since I would have had no idea about many of the buildings and plazas I visited without a guide. At the end of the tour, we ended up in the Port Market, surrounded by the smells of meat cooking on the asados. I decided to stop and eat at one of the more famous ones, RolDos. I had a mountain of food, and I am proud to say that I ate it all.
Montevideo was definitely the more relaxed leg of my journey, but it was definitely a cool place to visit for a couple of days.
Going on a solo trip is something I highly recommend. It was a good way to take in everything around me, without being conscious of having another person around. I love traveling with others, don’t get me wrong, but it made for a nice change. It also gave me the opportunity to reach out in the tour groups I was in and to make a couple of friends.
Now that my adventure is over, back to studying!!