Greetings from the land of J. L. Borges, Eva Perón and Carlos Gardel: ARGENTINA!!

Hi everyone! I’m Gabriela from Argentina. I’m the teaching assistant for the Spanish Department. I arrived to the US a month ago because I received a grant from the Fulbright Exchange Program. In this first entry I’d like to introduce myself and my home country, I’ll tell you something about my family and friends, and finally I’ll explain my function at Willamette.

I’m from a little, but beautiful town in the northwest of the country called Salta. Salta’s nickname is “La Linda” which means “the beautiful”. I think it deserves its nickname not only because of the beauty of its landscapes, mountains and rivers, but also because of its people. Salteños are simple, nice and truly friendly. They are also hospitable and helpful. So if you have the chance to travel to South America you should definitely visit this province and, just in case you have never heard of it, this map can help you understand how far away I am from home… And just to give you an idea how the city looks like, this photo taken from the web shows one of Salta’s most amazing views.

All this reminds me of some reading I’m doing for my Native American Studies at Willamette. It talks about how places say something about people and are part of our identity. Well, my home town says a lot about me. Before coming I was so excited to live and work in a foreign country that I had never realized how important my country is for me and how proud I am of being Argentinian J

I grew up in a small family. I live with my brother, mom and dad. I also have a niece called Zoe, who is my favorite person in the world. She is like a magic fairy.  My second favorite person is my mom. She is the only person who can make me extremely happy and extremely mad at the same time haha  I also have some good friends who are always there on Facebook to tell me how much they miss me and to listen and support me when I feel home sick. I think I’m really lucky to have them, but so far I think I will also make awesome friends in the US too.

Last but not least, I would like to explain my role at Willamette. According to Fulbright I’m supposed to be Student, Teacher and Cultural Ambassador.  So, the reason why I am writing this blog is because I want to invite everyone to know more about me and my country’s culture and traditions and also learn about the American culture in turn.  Believe it or not I’ll try to do my best to help you and make the learning of Spanish more interesting and fun!