Written by Jacqueline Newell
During my four days in Buenos Aires, I had a chance to meet some of the funniest people ever. The Fulbright fellows, both scholars and English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in Argentina hail from every corner of the United States and everywhere in between. After hours of training, we spent hours sitting in the middle of one of the widest streets in the world, el 9 de Julio, watching the traffic drive by the obelisk, el obelisco de Buenos Aires. I’m not really sure if it’s where the cool kids hang out or the sketchy kids hang out. Either way, we were there so I think that makes it the cool kids. (Dare to dream?)
We spent one day at the Fulbright Commission learning about Argentina’s history and tourism. We introduced ourselves to each other and the Fulbright commission. We met the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy, Kevin Sullivan and several former Fulbright Fellows who shared some of their experiences with the group.
The next two days were spent at the Ministry of Education, meeting our referentes (mentors) and drinking more coffee and eating more empanadas than I could have imagined. Our last night all together, all of the ETAs went out to dinner in the neighborhood of Palermo. We squeezed about 20 people into a tiny restaurant between two tables. Lots of wine, food and memories with people that we barely knew.