Todd Faulkenberry rss Buenos Aires, Fall 2011

¡Bienvenidos! My name is Todd Faulkenberry. I am a rising Junior and Political Science major at Amherst College in glorious Amherst, MA. I’ve spent this summer in Santa Cruz, a rural mountain town in the Cartago province of Costa Rica. I came with as few expectations as I did Spanish knowledge and am about to leave with many great stories and, well, not that much Spanish knowledge. I’m looking forward to Buenos Aires so I can both immerse myself in its language and culture, as well as compare the exciting lifestyle of Buenos Aires with the “Pura Vida” lifestyle of Santa Cruz. I hope you will enjoy reading about my experiences as much as I enjoy writing about them!

Todd's Posts

  • BA Reflected

    Suddenly, the environment surrounding the streets of Mansilla y Ecuador came rushing back. I could almost taste the best choripan in BA, conveniently located 15 seconds from my house.

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  • On Leaving Buenos Aires

    To IES: Thanks so much for the opportunities you gave and the resources you provided that allowed me to make the most of my four months in Buenos Aires.

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  • One Last Hoorah

    For many people in IES, this was their first time missing Thanksgiving with their family.

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  • Argentina gets Messi

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a soccer match between Argentina and Bolivia. Not only did this game give me a basis to begin my fandom of Argentina1, but it also was just an amazing visceral experience.

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  • Soooooo……

    People expect you to be constantly doing activities during your study abroad. You have to “make the most of your study abroad,” they tell me.

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  • Love and Abroad

    I’ve felt this sentiment a lot in Buenos Aires, originally relating to the city itself, but now relating more to home. People have lived their lives since I’ve left. Amherst went on without me while I wasn’t there, and I’m not quite sure what to think about it.

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  • Pata-going, Pata-going, Pata…

    I decided to escape the Buenos Aires bubble in lovely Patagonia. Let me be the first to tell you that I was not prepared for this trip at all.

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  • Halfway Home

    I’m at the end of the world. No, literally, I’m in the southernmost city in the world right now, enjoying the first day of my spring break1

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  • Fútbol Norteamericano en Buenos Aires

    Whether it’s being way too loud on a bus, going to a house party, or scouring the city for peanut butter, I try to put on for my country. I got a prime opportunity for representation this past Sunday when my beloved Falcons were on Sunday Night Football.

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  • The One Where I Get Robbed

    It all happened so quickly. This whole exchange took 45 seconds out of my Thursday morning, and yet it has dominated much of my thought since then.

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  • Taxi Cab Swag

    Taxi rides here are a true gamble. I’ve had some rides here that have possibly been the best part of my night. I’ve had others that contained enough awkwardness to be a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode. All of them cost me less than US$103. And boom goes the dynamite.

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  • Iguazoo

    Deadlines and writer’s block unfortunately do not allow for original posts sometimes, so instead I’ll just tell you about my extended weekend.

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  • Thisssssssss Issssssss The Way I Live

    After thinking about this for a little while, metaphorical video accompaniment seemed as new of angle as any. This naturally begs the question, however, as to what video.

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  • It’s Good Air Time

    The point I want to make from this past paragraph is that I expect Buenos Aires to be a life-defining experience.

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