Originally this blog post started with my lamenting the plight of the solo traveler, but I went ahead and deleted that little pity party and am just going to give you the point: traveling alone is freakin’ hard and a lot of times I just want to pack my
bags one, lone backpack and return home. But, alas, I keep pushing forward.
I’m nine days into my stay in Buenos Aires and have already determined it to be an incredible city. On any given day, you’ll for sure find me in a coffee shop, of which there are many here, and you might (heavy emphasis on the might) find me going on a jog. When I’m not drinking coffee, I’m probably just walking through the various neighborhoods to see the architecture, to peoplewatch, and to discover the little idiosyncracies that make Buenos Aires the intriguing city that it is.
In my many visits to the local coffee shops, I’ve learned that such establishments are not only good for revitalizing the spirits but also for informing me of interesting opportunities in the area and for making friends. Last weekend, I attended a small party for a major soccer game in the city; last night, I was able to make it to a chess class*; and starting next Monday, I’ll be taking a barista training class.
As you might recall from my previous post, I’m trying my hardest to not think about the future and to not worry about life after this trip. While I want to work on searching for a job and while everything within me tells me that I should be studying for the LSAT or working on writing samples for grad school, I’m determined instead to learn how to make latte art and also checkmate my boyfriend in a game of chess. If I could learn how to do those two things simultaneously, all the better.
With my ambitions reallocated to more fun endeavors for the time being, I have an opportunity to focus on the present, which as I stated in my previous post, is kind of the point here. So, for the next several weeks I’ll be doing just that, enjoying the present, and then I’ll be on to Chile to do the same.
* Yes, you read correctly; I’m spending my vacation time playing chess.