I've traded in gray skies and the chill of winter for a healthy dose of sunshine and the long days of summer; the Southern Cross for the Big Dipper; and sandwiches de milanesa and helado for cheesesteaks and water ice. In just 24 hours, I went from being a foreigner with a funny accent to a native with a Philly accent – from a yanqui to a Yankee.

After a year and a half, I have returned to the City of Brotherly Love for a long-anticipated visit with my family and friends. And just to make things more interesting, I even managed to surprise a few people – in particular, my stepdad at his 50th birthday party.

Of course, in addition to enjoying the company of my loved ones, I'm also indulging in some of the foods I'd been pining for and shopping for some items to keep my clothes and shoes company inside my suitcase on the plane ride back to Argentina.

I know my time here will fly by, so I'm bent on making the most of it.

¡Saludos desde EE.UU.! // Greetings from the USA!

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