Well, everybody, here is another first for me: I'm living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, right now. My main goal is to learn Spanish to a comfortable conversational level. Then, go back to the States and go back to school, probably for Electrical and Computer Engineering. I've been learning Spanish since I was in middle school, but nothing ever really stuck. I've always wanted to be able to converse in another language. So, after saving a bit of money, I decided, kind of on a whim, that I wanted to move somewhere and learn by living. I chose Buenos Aires for that. With that decision, I'm taking care of two goals with one move: learning Spanish and living in another country.
Who knows if Argentina was the right decision, what with their inflation and their artificially low exchange rate. I believe I made the best decision I could have made, right now. And, that's all that matters. I do and will miss my friends and family while I'm gone, but nothing is forever, and we'll be see each other sooner than we think. That's what skype is for, anyway. It's like I'm not even gone!
Living in another country definitely is very different, right from the get go, than living in most of the parts of the States I've lived in. For instance, water seems to fluctuate, a lot, in many different ways. One example, we don't have much hot water right now, anywhere! I took a shower this morning and I, very selectively, chose where and what I got wet. It was FRIGID! Then, there's the issue of pressure not in the shower, but in other areas of the house. A trickle of water doesn't help much when you need to wash a few dishes. Overall, however, it doesn't bother me too much. I didn't expect Buenos Aires to be exactly like the States, and if I did I wouldn't have come here.
As I get better at Spanish, I hope to write some of this blog in Spanish. But, that's for later.