After much hesitation, I decided to make the 12-hour journey to Villa General Belgrano this past weekend. I joined a friend of mine who is originally from Germany as well as two of her co-workers. Having only arrived here in the city of Buenos Aires 3 months ago, I can honestly say that I have never felt so overwhelmed and excited all at the same time. Not only did I have the pleasure of seeing other parts of the country, but I also had the opportunity to meet tons of other people from Buenos Aires province. There were around 350 people just from Buenos Aires who decided to attend Oktoberfest. It was amazing meeting so many new, energetic and genuinely kind people.
The first day that we arrived in Córdoba, a friend of mine and I decided to travel another 45 minutes to La Cumbrecita, which is a small town that very closely resembles Germany. The town is located in the middle of the mountains and provided a view unlike any I’ve ever seen. At night, everyone who attended the party in the town of Villa General Belgrano had the chance to speak with new people while trying new food. As an English teacher I suppose that I didn’t quite realize how much English I would be speaking all day, everyday while living here in the Capital. For me, the greatest part of the weekend was practicing and improving my Spanish. I think it’s safe to say that I learned more information in just one weekend speaking with natives than I learned in 5 years studying Spanish in the United States.