Buenos Aires🇦🇷🇦🇷

11 and half hours after taking off from Auckland we landed in Buenos Aires. The city was very different from how I had remembered it, I wonder if my version of what it was like had been distorted by the other cities in South America that I visited on the previous trip, but whatever the reason my memory had Buenos Aires recorded as much dirtier, and more run down than the one that greeted me on the 7th of March 2018.

The streets of B’s A’s are generally very nice, at least in the area of the city in which we were staying. They are decorated with trees and beautiful buildings wherever you look.

We arrived just after 4 and made our way to the hostel in which we were staying. After dropping off our stuff we headed up the road to a resturaunt for dinner. Here we had our first introduction to Argentinian culture where one of the other volunteers accidentally ordered an entire bowl of ham and chicken instead of a salad cause of the language barrier!! Full of pizza and salad(and meat!) we went back to the hotel for some much needed sleep. We were exhausted but unfortunately 10pm in Argentina is 2pm in New Zealand, so despite how tired we all were it was impossible to sleep. At 2:30am we decided we needed some fresh air cause the fan in our room wasn’t quite enough to refresh us from the 30+ degree heat inside. We found the roof which gave a bit of a view of the surrounding buildings as well as the southern cross. It was pretty cool to see it all the way across the world as knowing you can see the same stars helps you feel not quite so far from home. Honestly, the first night was pretty difficult, just as I knew it would be. That along with the goodbye was what I was dreading the most. Lying in bed for 6 hours and not being able to sleep gives you way too much time to think and being tired makes it especially hard to be logical and not let emotions take over. Eventually at 4:30am I got to sleep and didn’t wake up until 11:30 the next morning.

The rest of the time was spent exploring the city. Visiting all the same places that I’d seen before but it was really good just seeing it again and fully experiencing rather than taking photos and stuff.

La Boca was as cool as ever, we went to this amazing place for lunch in which I experienced my first asado and choripan which is like a sausage in bread on steroids. It’s soooo good. That evening we spent on the roof of our hotel chatting and having a good time. It was such an amazing way to begin the next 9 months!!

Stella x

See ya later👋

What an emotional day it has been! I’ve never felt so many different emotions, nor so intensely. As I write this I’m sitting in seat number 59G on Air New Zealand 30 and I’m about 100m off the ground above Auckland. Bye N.Z see ya in 9 months!

Today, despite the tears, and there has been A LOT of them, has really shown me how lucky I am to have the people I do in my life. In fact it is the tears that has really shown just how much my family and friends mean to me. And importantly, it’s made me realise how much I mean to them too. Goodbyes are always the hardest thing, they leave you empty and drained mentally but your heart even more full as you realise the love and support that surrounds you. I just want each and everyone of you to know just how much I love you and how happy I am to have you in my life, because despite the tears and the sadness and leaving, I know that you’ll be there for me whenever I need it. It’s a big big world but really everyone is only a phone call, or a Facebook message, or a Snapchat, or a Skype call away. Yes, I know that’s not quite the same thing but there’s always someone there to talk to if needed. Also despite the Km’s, with the ingenious invention of air travel Aregntina is only 12 hours away from home.

*ahhh there’s a bump! A lot of bumps! I don’t like turbulence hahaha*

A few hours ago, just after going through Auckland customs I was hit with such an overwhelming feeling of wanting to go home. It’s such a brutal cycle because you’re emotional about leaving home, friends and family and absolutely exhausted from those feelings and when you’re tired all you want to do is go home, but obviously that’s not going to happen. However, just as any other feeling does, it passed. I put down my phone, played a game of cards, walked to the gate and talked to the others and now I’m feeling so much better. So much more excited to go and explore. I know this feeling will come again at some point, and when it does it’s so overwhelming but you just gotta take a deep breath and realise that this isn’t the end of the world. Worse comes to worse, tell yourself that you can in fact go home whenever you want. The beauty is that every decision is your own and you have the freedom to shape your future and your life.

*omg I hate turbulence so much and I just fastened my seatbelt way too tight and can’t loosen it hahaha*

Talk to you soon, because the adventure is just beginning!

Stella x