wk2, entry 1 - End of Bariloche
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I am in love with Buenos Aires, but a break from city life was just what the doctor ordered, though it has been almost a week now (I’m writing this on Friday and back-dating it. It’s been a crazy week and I am just now getting around to it).
The outdoor activities in Bariloche are phenomenal - hiking, biking, rock climbing (though I couldn’t find any, darn it), skiing, paragliding, and so much more. The hiking was such an adventure and learning experience, and the biking trip an equally interesting experience. But by far the best part of the trip was the people. Mostly not even Argentines. I met an international hodge-podge of people from
Of the sample I met, the median age was mid-20’s, with a few people 19-21, and a few in their 30’s. I also met a very interesting Argentine who lived in Bariloche named Miguel who worked in the hostel. By the end of the trip I was calling him my big brother, because he liked to give me a hard time and make me learn, especially when speaking Spanish. If I didn’t understand something, he would be gruff, a tough love kinda guy, loved him. I think he was in his mid-20’s. A group of us - Miguel, Dama and Mica (two American girls), and Erandi (a Mexican girl) - had a very interesting political conversation about the Bush administration and
The other great experience of this trip was that of traveling solo. I have never done any significant traveling on my own before. What an experience! I was a little intimidated at times, but the freedom and independence that I felt was extraordinary. After the beginning of the trip I felt capable and gained confidence in myself - a great opportunity for growth. I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, with no companions to hold me back (except for temporary ones that I sometimes-regrettably picked up along the way). I felt the responsibility, that how my weekend was going to go was completely dependent on me, and I loved it! I often joke that I’m not a “real” person yet, just a student. On my solo trip to Bariloche, I felt like a real person.
Another big perk of traveling solo is that you can meet new people very easily and very often, IF you want. If you don’t want to and would rather just be by yourself, you can that too, ah, how great!! On the ride back to
Oh the people you meet, the places you see, the food you eat (mmmm Bariloche is famous for its chocolate). Ciao! Love you guys, -Derek