My second month in Buenos Aires flew by even faster than the first. January was lovely and relaxing, but I really started to get into the swing of things when I returned from Rio.
Asha left BA for Paris, and so I decided to move into a little studio by myself, with all the great intentions of catching up on all my Oxford reading and learning vocab in my spare time. In reality, I just spent a lot of time watching TV and playing around on Instagram, but I loved living by myself even more than I’d anticipated and so I’m very pleased I opted to do so.
My apartment was closer to the centre of Soho, and a lot closer to work than the previous one. It was also conveniently located next to an amazing outdoor shopping centre, so £1.50 Starbucks became a regular occurrence.
Although I was closer to all my favourite restaurants, I started cooking in a lot more to save money, even though the lack of oven proved somewhat trying at times!
The month went by so quickly that I can barely remember what I did. I finished my lessons at Expanish, attempted to take part in a volunteer program, went to the Argentine Open and tried out a tango class.
About 2 weeks before the end of my time in Buenos Aires I started to freak out about how little of the city I had seen, and so I made it my mission to explore as much as possible in the time I had left.
I finally branched out of Palermo and visited a few other areas, such as Belgrano (home to the Barrio Chino, where loads of amazing food shops and chinese supermarkets can be found), Villa Crespo (nice New York-style cafés and shops) and Puerto Madero (expensive hotels and sky scrapers).
I visited La Boca, one of the more touristy destinations in the city.
Had some fun nights out with my new friends.
I went to a lot of museums, such as:
El Museo de Bellas Artes
La Fondación Fortabat
Centro Cultural Borges
Evita Museum (my phone had broken by this point, so I don’t have any photos of this).
I also spent a lot of time walking around Palermo and enjoying the beautiful city.
When the 14th March came around, I was really sad to be leaving my new home already. Although I knew Colombia would be great, I had become so comfortable living in Buenos Aires and didn't feel like I'd managed to do everything I wanted to do before I left. Fortunately, however, I should have another few days in the city before my flight home in June, and so I will be able to tick the last few things off my list!
Bye bye, Buenos Aires, and thank you for being so welcoming. I promise I will be back soon!