This week started off as just another week where I was going to class and going about my daily routine here. Then I realized that if I didn’t start doing some more sight seeing, on a daily basis, I was never going to get it all in. So, I played hooky in Buenos Aires. What would you do if you gave yourself the day off in Buenos Aires? Well, I went to the fine arts museum (el museo de bellas artes) and spent the day wondering. Then I went to the Evita museum. This was on Thursday. Friday, I went to class, but then during the weekend I got right back to sight seeing. On Saturday I took a tour of the manzana de las luces. This was originally a Jesuit part of town that was also used for city government. The exciting part of the tour was the tunnels. There are a serious of tunnels connecting government buildings and churches to the river that were used to “protect the city” (or for government officials to make a quick escape.) I thought this tour would be really great; unfortunately, the tour let you see about 100 m of a tunnel that was blocked off (real exciting!) Oh well, the rest of the tour was really interesting.
During most of the trip I have been able to escape a lot of the emotions associated with culture shock, but as the end of the trip approaches and I face the reality of having to say good-bye I am starting to get much more emotional. My last week here is going to be exciting and yet very sad at the same time.