Our last full day in Argentina proved to be one of the fullest. Our first stop was the River Plate Fútbol Club. This Argentine sports club is home to the best soccer team in Argentina, and boasts the largest stadium in the country. When we arrived, we were led by a very passionate tour guide to the interior of the stadium, where we were allowed to watch the championship team practice.
While at the stadium, we were shown the “Honor Box” – an open-air seating gallery where movie stars, dignitaries, famous musicians, and world-renowned fútbol players are invited to sit during the games. After leaving the box, we were impressed to find there was a full-length museum inside the stadium depicting the history of River Plate as well as soccer in Argentina.
After a lunch break and siesta, we met with representatives from Datarisk. This company, which focuses on commercial due diligence third party analysis, assists Argentine businesses by evaluating data on competitors and showing the best ways to mitigate risk.
Our final stop was the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa – more commonly referred to as UADE. This private Argentine university is home to more than 24,000 students. Despite such a large enrollment, the institution’s entire footprint covers just one city block! Residence hall, dining facilities, labs, classrooms, etc. are all combined into one convenient complex.
Melina Abadía, a UADE professor, held a special class just for our group so that we could begin to understand what college feels like for Argentine students. Although most of us were already familiar with the concepts being discussed, it was exciting to hear the material from a new perspective.
With that, our last full day was finished and we climbed aboard the bus to travel back to the hotel. With only one half-day left, each of us began to gain a new appreciation for just how special this trip has been for us. We realized that very few students ever have the opportunity to discover the world in this way, and we remembered that this is the kind of activity that sets Texas Tech apart from all the rest.