Business, Tango, Steak, Friends and No Sleep: My Amazing Spring Break

Among all the great things Americans do, Spring Break is one of the greatest.

March 24, 2015
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Giulia
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Among all the great things Americans do, Spring Break is one of the greatest. It is a way to literally take a break in the middle of a stressful spring semester and rest, relax, sleep, have fun, think, learn something, spend quality time with interesting people. Ok, let’s erase the words “rest”, “relax” and “sleep” from my personal Spring Break. It was not relaxing, at all. But it was one of the greatest experiences in my life, which I will remember forever. I spent a week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with my BUAD104 class, “Learning about International Commerce”, or more commonly, LiNC. Prior to the trip, I had spent two hours every Friday in class learning about Argentina and its economy, politics, culture etc. But the journey itself was one of the most important learning experiences I had. The class was a group of 32 freshmen, and a good number of them were WBB. During the week we toured Buenos Aires, we visited many companies, a university, went horseback riding, participated in a wine tasting, met a lot of interesting people, ate amazing food, went to a tango show and went out every night to experience the nightlife of this vibrant, contradictory city. I have so many memories from this trip that is hard to summarize them in a blog posts. Besides, other WBB Ambassadors were on the trip with me – Vittorio, Diego, Sayantan – and they will surely write more about this experience! In my case, just take a look at the pictures! However, here is my takeaway from the trip: it was great, from so many points of view. We were able to better understand the country, to better understand business in general, to better understand each other on the trip. Argentina impressed me, with its contradictions, its amazing beauty, its wonderful people (so many Italians!). By contrasting it with the US and Italy I have grasped a lot of political and macroeconomics concepts I had not understood before. And, most importantly, the bonds I already had with the WBB kids have grown stronger, and new ones have been created with the other students traveling with us. Overall, I can say I feel really different now: this trip has changed me. Giulia

Airport Buenos Aires
Sunday – Just landed in Buenos Aires!

 

Huge Argentine Flag in the Center of BA
Huge Argentine Flag in the Center of BA

 

The Boca area, all blue and yellow .. but much better than UCLA!
The Boca area, all blue and yellow .. but much better than UCLA!

 

Italians fighting on in La Boca – Carlotta, Francesco, Vittorio and I
Italians fighting on in La Boca – Carlotta, Francesco, Vittorio and I

 

WBB dancing tango
WBB dancing tango

 

BA has a crazy nightlife! We went out exploring every night…
BA has a crazy nightlife! We went out exploring every night…

 

Company
...but had to be ready in the morning for companies’ visits! Carlotta and I looking sharp in business attire at the Argentinean University in Pilar, right outside BA (Monday)

 

Wednesday – visiting heavy industry company Metalsa: be safe on the workplace!
Wednesday – visiting heavy industry company Metalsa: be safe on the workplace!

 

Hacienda Santa Susana
In the Hacienda Santa Susana, a few miles from BA: WBB guys and girls posing for the camera!

 

Carlotta and I with our new friends, Nalani and Caroline: they are just two of the amazing people we shared our experience with.
Carlotta and I with our new friends, Nalani and Caroline: they are just two of the amazing people we shared our experience with.

 

Horseback riding
Horseback riding on Wednesday: how exciting! My horse’s name was Santino .. quite Italian, isn’t it?

 

“Favelas”: the slums of BA
“Favelas”: the slums of BA

 

Casino
The fancy Casino in Puerto Madero, the nicest area of the city

 

USC LinC
USC fighting on in an amazing scavengers hunt around Buenos Aires – my team won the LiNC cup!

 

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Carlotta, Davide and I enjoying wine tasting on Friday night.