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Alexandra Obando '12

Why did you choose Argentina? What attracted me particularly to Argentina was the fact that it was a Spanish speaking program that still allowed you to take local university courses. I was also attracted to the reputation of the city as a fusion of South American and European characteristics.

What did you learn outside the classroom? In Latin America, most students live at home while attending university, so social life is mostly off campus. My most memorable experience involved Latin American drumming classes. Seeing an amazing drumming performance inspired my friends and I to find a teacher online and, a week later, we were (trying) to play the bongos.

What is the most surprising thing that happened to you there? I was surprised by the efficiency of the public transportation system--when there weren't any public demonstrations that is. Most days, the subways and buses would run fairly regularly and could get you where you wanted to go, as long as you left enough time. It was also very cheap. I was also surprised by how popular hot dogs were: there are “superpancho” (hot dog) stands everywhere, and they all sell foot-long hot dogs with at least 20 different optional toppings and then mini fries on top.

What did you bring back from your experience abroad? I brought back a newfound love for seeing live music performances! I've always loved concerts, but the arts were so accessible in the city that I was able to take advantage of live performances almost every week and weekend.

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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