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The Problem with “Your Plan”

By Rachael Leonie.

My day planner was an accountant’s dream and an epileptic’s nightmare: numbered hours corresponded with deadlines and lunchtimes, while loud, glaring highlighter burst out between every task, detailing any omission, exception

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Top 5 Stereotypes About Love And Lust In Argentina

Article by Rachael Leonie.

Perhaps it’s the clash of Latin passion and Euro classicism; the lingering notes of Evita that settle upon the city; or maybe it’s the sexy Argentine accent slipping off wine-soaked tongues –whatever the influence

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The Problem With Perfection & The City With A Solution

Article by Rachael Leonie.

Preface: Be better, study longer, try harder.  Along the way to adulthood, there were always social standards encouraging me to reach perfection.  In high school, I wanted popularity; in college, it was good grades; post-grad, a high-paying job; along the way, I craved other standards of perfection such as to be smarter, skinnier, prettier, or happier.
How was I told to achieve any of these things?  By “reaching for the stars,” being “the best I can be,” and, at times, faking it “till I make it.”  What if my culture’s obsession with perfection didn’t exist?  What would I do if I wasn’t afraid of failure?
 …what would you do?

Welcome to Buenos Aires: an amateur’s paradise, a playground for the jack-of-all-trades. There’s a reason the city runs rife with expat

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4 Not-So-Radical Ways to Maintain Strong Relationships from Abroad

By Rachael Leonie.

I have my asado, Sunday’s beautiful San Telmo market, the tango, and a never-ending supply of chimichurri. Yet for me, there’s still one thing Argentina lacks: my tight-knit circle of friends and family back home. For

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The Adventure-Less One: How I Reclaimed My Curiosity

By Rachael Leonie.

Curiosity: It kills cats, excites children, and escapes adults.  It’s our first and last passion, yet all too easily cast aside for habit and routine.

When I was in kindergarten, I felt a certain thrill in the mornings

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Lo de Julio Exists. I Went There.

By Vivi Rathbone.

Kevin and I were wandering through Colegiales.  My high-heeled sandals were slowing me down as we crossed cobblestone streets in the dark.  Kev walked patiently as I regretted my shoe decisions, laughing the entire time

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Learning to Listen, Hearing the Music

 By Rachael Leonie.  

There’s nothing quiet about Buenos Aires.

In San Telmo, the sounds of the city crescendo to exploding heights the further you dive into Calle Defensa. Palermo emits a softer melody of café

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The Accidental Expat: Top 3 Reasons I’m Thankful I Didn’t Go Home

Article by The Wanderita, Rachael Leonie.

I never planned on living in Buenos Aires. I didn’t come to escape the chains of routine. I wasn’t looking for a room to rent or a job to cushion my stay. And I certainly wasn’t planning on falling in

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Love, Lust, & Bondiolas in Buenos Aires

By Rachael Leonie.

Before leaving for Buenos Aires, they all told me: you’re going to fall in love.

Little did I know I’d first fall in lust: not with a tall, dark, and handsome Porteño, but rather with the bondiola

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The First Time I Danced Tango

By Vivi Rathbone.

First I had my heart broken,  then I learned to dance tango.  It had to happen in that order.  

The night I had my heart broken, I also happened to be hosting a dinner party, so that was convenient

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