It's a lot of fun! Although the story is a little boring for me, the Gyms are fairly challenging, there's a nice selection of Pokemon, such as the Kanto Starters. EV Training is a lot easier to do now thanks to Super Training. I'd say it's better than BW/BW2.
Good luck with that essay! And ooh, south America. Which parts exactly and for how long?
I am one exam away from finishing honours! Then I can dread the results. :v After that, a couple small trips, one with my family to the south coast in NSW, and another a 2 night trip to Victoria with a bunch of astrophysicists around the country and with expenses paid for. ~ Perks of joining a group while doing my project I suppose!