Gracias por tanto Argentina!

My time in Argentina is coming to an end and I’m feeling conflicted. On the one hand, I’m looking forward to returning home and spending time with friends and family. On the other, I‘m really sad to be leaving Buenos Aires behind. There’s no doubt these past two weeks have been unreal.

During our time in Argentina, we visited multiple hospitals and medical facilities throughout Buenos Aires. We sat through a series of lectures and practical presentations from all sorts of health professionals about the Argentinian healthcare system. It was interesting to learn about the system’s many challenges as well as it’s benefits in order to see how they fare when compared with the healthcare system in the United States. Although the Argentinian healthcare system is considered complex and fragmented, I can honestly say that I have a better grasp of its inner workings and a greater appreciation of its many components now that our trip is at an end. In fact, we gave our final presentation a few days ago. Each group did an outstanding job! 

Besides learning about the healthcare system in Argentina, we were able to immerse ourselves in the culture of Buenos Aires and visit some of its iconic sights, including the neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo, Boca, and San Telmo. We tried some exceptional food along the way and even learned how to dance the tango! My friends and I also explored a bit of the nightlife here at Buenos Aires, something that turned out to be fun as well. On some nights, however, we were simply too tired to go out, choosing to order take-out food and watch a movie instead. Getting to know my Plus3 classmates, some of which I now consider good friends, was my favorite part of the trip. I can’t wait to keep in touch with them over the summer and to see them again back in Pittsburgh.

Although sad that the trip is now over, I’m forever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you so much Grant and Lynnea for everything that you did for us. This was a life-changing experience for me and something that I’ll always cherish.

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