Bringing Pitt to Argentina

24 hours of traveling later, and we finally arrived in Buenos Aires. From the seven hours we spent in the Atlanta airport to the ten hours of air time it took to actually travel to Argentina and the long day of walking today, to say I am exhausted would be an understatement. However, I could not be more excited for the next two weeks in Buenos Aires!

I did not know what to expect of the city when we arrived, and it was much different than large cities in the United States. It was not a particularly busy day within the city today, because it was a rainy Sunday, so most people were not outside, making the streets almost barren. Although, this could have had to do with the time we were out and about, because Argentine people tend to be out later in the night than we are used to in the United States. This, along with the architecture of the city were a couple of the things that stood out to me. Having the prior knowledge that Buenos Aires is one of the major cities in Argentina, I was expecting to see a lot of larger, more modernized buildings that you usually see in a major cities throughout the world. Buenos Aires was very different in this aspect, because from the outside, many of the buildings seemed old and were not very visually appealing. From a development standpoint, the architecture of the city makes it seem as if it is not quite developed to its full potential. On the other hand, their transportation system is very well developed, with a subway and bus system that take passengers to all different parts of the city and its surroundings.
As far as globalization goes for Buenos Aires, they seemed to have a fair amount of globalization, and this could be seen with the plethora of different food and shopping options that were available around the city. For example, for lunch today we ate at a restaurant that took its influence from Italian cuisine, and then switched to a more local Argentine cuisine when we went to a local steakhouse for dinner. The mix of restaurants shows the influence that globalization has had on Argentina, as we saw global chains such as McDonald’s and Starbucks while walking the streets as well that complemented some of the more authentic restaurants. There’s no doubt that foreign cultures have had a massive influence on the city of Buenos Aires, and this has just been what I noticed on day one.

Day one is in the books, and I am excited to keep it going with our first visit to the Austral campus tomorrow to learn more about the Argentine healthcare system!


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