Well I'm finally here! It's been about 3 days since I arrived in Argentina and I feel exhausted because we have continually been on the move. From meeting everyone at the airport and moving into a hotel, then moving into our new homes with our madres, to touring the city and going though introductory orientations it has been a lot to take in to say the least. Before I left everyone kept asking how I felt, and I always felt unsure because I could never reply with a basic answer. I would usually just sum it up as a "whole collection of emotions." But sure enough that's what I have experienced so far. For this really is my first time leaving my parents and family behind for an extended period of time, and definitely the furthest I have ever been. It is exciting to be in a new city and explore the streets that you haven't ever been on, but it can also feel nerve-racking because it is all an unknown. The security blanket that I had been accustomed to in the States is quickly ripped away and you're on your own. It can be as frightening as it is fascinating. One moment I'm excited to be with new people and seeing such marvelous sights, but then I wish I could share it with my loved ones at the same time. No matter what though I have to remind myself that nothing but good can come from this, there will be ups and downs, failures and successes and the only way to make it through successfully is to try to take it all in, one step at a time. I did just move my life to a new world for 120 days so I can't reasonably expect everything to be perfect (even though I will have to remind myself of that). But with all that said I am excited to try the infamous steak here, sit in cafes and study/people watch and explore the rest of the country, and enjoy everything in between as well. So who knows what the next 120 days will entail, I know there will be highs and lows but I also know that I will get through and succeed one step at a time.