After 348 days in Argentina, I’ve come to the end of this chapter of my life that may very well be one of the most important. I feel that the experiences that I have had with my co-workers, family, and friends will be what I most remember from the past year. I’ll miss being in the Road2Argentina office cargandome de risa, who have been like family to me. I’ll miss drinking mate in Plaza Francia on a lazy Sunday afternoon, listening to Sebas explain his mind maps, puteando with Katie, being “mothered” by Stevi, hablando de chicas with Agu, riding the colectivo, studying at 1 AM in café Tolón, taking a late night walk down Santa Fe, saying “che boludo”, arguing with my host sister about everything, and having dinner with my host family.

The most difficult thing about leaving a place is leaving friends and loved ones, however I feel that the people I have met here will stay in my life and I hope to be a part of theirs. The other day, my host mother told me that the relationships that you form throughout your life are like plants—if you do not water and nourish them, they die. I intend to nourish my porteño plants and come back soon to visit them all soon.

Un abrazo enorme para todos mis amigos y mi familia y nos vemos muy pronto.

-Tristan Harris