Spring Break: Argentina Style (Part 2)

 It’s day five for me here in Argentina and I’ve finally gotten a chance to write something up again. We’re heading out to the country today to see the gauchos. It looks like there’s a light rain over the city, but our professor says it should pass.

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The last couple of days have been crazy to say the least. Everyday we’re doing something and by the time we get back all I want to do is sleep. It’s great to see such a beautiful city. There’s such a stark contrast in architecture wherever you go and we’re in a fairly busy section of the city. In fact, wherever we go there’s always something to see. Last night we went to see a Spanish play called “El Gran Deshacen” and we all thought it was great. There were two main characters and their relationship was intense. It was about a marriage and what happens when the television breaks. The actors were amazing.

The day before that, Thursday, we didn’t do anything until one or two pm? Anyway we went to “Puerto Madero” and saw the port for the ships. It was beautiful because the sector had been abandoned for over one-hundred years before they re-designed all the warehouse into shopping strips and apartments. It’s especially beautiful because you can still see the old stone work.

We eventually broke up into separate groups. I went with the couple and the others went back to the hotel. We immediately set out for McDonalds, to try it once in another country. It was amazing, much better than in the US. Here they split up McCafe and McDonalds into two separate sections. So you have McCafe as an actual cafe with a counter and everything on one side of McDonalds and the regular McDonalds up front. The menu is much smaller, but it’s much simpler that way.

We spent our time after that searching for an atm, but only found ourselves in the financial district. No atm. Whatsoever. We spent the rest of the day, after 6, sleeping. We were exhausted from so much that I couldn’t do anything but read and pass out.

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So today is probably the most relaxing day of the whole entire trip. We’ve traveled to San Antonio de Areco”; it’s a village/town an hour and a half outside of Buenos Aires. Everything they sell here is made by hand and they’re metal workers and indigenous peoples. The town was very simple.It had dogs all over the place, just wandering around being cute and friendly, but there wasn’t much garbage.

The inhabitants were self-sufficient, cooking their own food (fruit, wine, cheese etc.). We saw a woman who made her own products (scarves, blankets, etc.). I can say that they have to have a great respect for some people who can do that.

After the village, we went to “el campo Florita”. It was amazing. I don’t think that I’ve had so much time to relax, let alone  even mount a horse before and ride it around in a field. It was so much fun and they, later on, sang the songs of the gauchos. The traditions of the gauchos were very simple and they were very friendly. I absolutely love it because: one I got to ride a horse (and did not fall off)  and two they would not stop feeding us. I later found out the meat was fresh (a barbecue–as in, on a wood fire), as in they killed a cow to feed us. Did not know how to feel about that, but it was so good.

They, at the end, showed off their horse riding skills and showed what the horses could do. The game they played was actually a gaucho tradition which established a relationship with one of the women in the campo, if won. It seems very simple, but can also sometimes be very romantic, especially if the gaucho won a woman who also likes him in return. I think that they needed a lot of concentration to win the game. As the gaucho rode his horse, he’d hold a small stick and run a piece of metal in the air on a rope. If they grabbed it with a stick, then they won the hand of a lady in the campo.

The other girls on my trip so wanted Juan Pablo, it was hilarious to see them gush whenever the gauchos rode the horse. It was exciting, to say the least.

This is essentially the last post of my adventure in Argentina because tomorrow we travel back to the US, via Rio Janeiro. It’s gonna be a long ride. I wish I could post videos, but I’m not sure I can. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so glad I could share it. I want to travel so much more now.

Anyway, more pictures below.

 

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