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A santafesina where the pandemic was born

A Santafesina student was on exchange in China when the coronavirus went off. We tell you his story and his return home.

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Lu Pandemia

Luciana is a 24-year-old Santafesina, future industrial engineer from the National University of the Litoral (UNL). In 2019 she was selected for a student exchange period in China. By itself, choosing China as an exchange destination is exotic. If we add the seasoning of the coronavirus outbreak, an experience like Luciana's is already a film.

From before logging in to the UNL, Luciana already knew that I wanted to make an exchange. Decided to study Industrial Engineer at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering (FIQ) and, along that path, began its search for exchange information .

In September 2019, the young woman came to the Asian giant to continue her studies at Chongqing University of Science and Technology for a year. He was fascinated by finding these great cultural, material and language differences . His initial academic expectations were to learn Chinese and study three optional subjects.

In January, when they started their holidays, this Santafesina traveled to Hong Kong. He says that, by that time, news had already begun about a mysterious disease of which its origin was not known, but was thought to have to do with pork. And when he resumed his studies, the coronavirus alarm broke out and there began to be a shortage of chills and gel alcohol.

Change of plans

Luciana believes she made a mistake by postponing many of her plans for the summer, because that summer never came. During the week when everything got complicated in China, she was embarking on her most anticipated journey to Beijing. “There I found that all markets were closed and it was not possible to enter the forbidden City. Museums, natural attractions, shopping malls... everything was closed little by little. I had the opportunity to visit the Chinese Wall, but the next day it was no longer possible to enter,” he recalls. He also recalled the desire to live the Chinese New Year, scheduled for January 25, to witness the shows that were cancelled at the last minute.

Time went by and less and less people were seen without chills, fewer people on the streets, more fever checks to get anywhere. , more difficult to find hotel .

Luciana commented that her return to the capital of Santa Fe was emotional. After living so intensely, she felt ready to go home. There wasn't much more I could do. He had to accept the situation with a deep sense of gratitude for being safe. Once in Argentina, he carried out preventive isolation and, fifteen days after his arrival, the mandatory national quarantine began .

“ When I found out I was going to China I set out to do everything I could to enjoy it. I thought I 'd learned the lesson of living and taking advantage of the moment. This incredible experience is a great teaching of life.”

Publication Date: 02/05/2020

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