Living in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has been my home for the last 7 months, and I love it here. I currently live in a hostel, working nights, and write in my spare time to earn a living. I am constantly running near-broke, but I absolutely love it. I could not be happier about my decision to come down here. South America is a breathtaking place, full of cultures and peoples that are completely different from what I am used to in the United States. And that is what I think the most important aspect of travel is, the discovery and experience that comes with living in another culture and language.
My Spanish is starting to come together pretty well after my time here, and I hope to have it mostly mastered by the time I leave at the end of July. I have managed to snag myself an Argentine gal pal, and what they say is true, it is by far the best way to learn the local language. If you can manage to get yourself a local girl, I highly recommend it. I have learned a whole lot more about the city and its people with her than I would have trying on my own with lessons and what not.
I think my favorite aspect of Buenos Aires is its people. I spent time in Sevilla, Spain studying abroad, and the people there are very different than the porteños of Buenos Aires. Here, people are much more open and welcoming to foreigners like myself. I have had no problems whatsoever making friends on my own in a bar, which is how I got around for the first month or so while I was waiting for my roommate to arrive from back in the United States. If you can, come on down to Buenos Aires.