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The End of an Era

July 27th, 2012 kfrile14

I am officially the only Holy Cross student living in my house now. The first group of HC students that studied abroad here in Buenos Aires have all gone home and so now it’s just us juniors (I can’t believe junior year is here already!). It’s so weird that Cynthia isn’t going to be around anymore. I had gotten so used to having her here that I forgot that she wasn’t going to be staying with me until November. Now, without her around to answer my every Buenos Aires question I guess I am going to have to start figuring things out for myself. I actually have to pay attention when taking the bus because there won’t be anyone to tell me when to get off. I’m going to miss her so much but I’m also excited (and a little nervous) about the idea of really being on my own. It’s time to take the training wheels off my Buenos Aires experience and go out, get lost, and make the city my own.

Luckily, before Cynthia left, she let me tag along on one last adventure with her. We went to the theater district and saw Mamma Mia, which was headlining at one of the biggest theaters in the city. I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought that we were going to see the musical in English. I do know that I am currently living in a Spanish-speaking country, but it hadn’t occurred to me that the production would be translated. Cynthia laughed when I asked her if it was in English, but in my defense when you go to the movies here they are in English with Spanish subtitles so I figured that a play would also be in English. Boy was I wrong. Not only was the dialogue in Spanish, but the songs were too! It was a little disorienting to hear Abba in Spanish, especially because they would keep certain phrases in English like “Dancing Queen” or “Honey, Honey” while the rest of the song was in Spanish. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed myself despite the fact that we were actually in the last row in the theater and so high up that I could see down behind the sets to where the crew was working. If nothing else, it made me want to go back and see the musical the next time I’m in New York City so I can get the true “Mamma Mia experience.”

I am eager to start this new era in Buenos Aires on my own. First items on the agenda: shopping and registering for new classes at the University!

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