We took our last Saturday in Argentina to visit an estancia, or ranch, about an hour outside the city. Students had opportunities to enjoy bicycles, tennis courts, a playground, and a heated indoor swimming pool in small groups throughout the day. We all enjoyed the opportunity to get some fresh air.
We were also treated to a tour of the grounds which include a tambo where milk is processed into dulce de leche and Gouda cheese, and enjoyed a tasting of these homemade treats as well as homemade jams with oranges and strawberries cultivated on the property. We saw a variety of historic wagons and riding implements and learned from Felix about the gaucho clothing, tools, and way of life. We ate a delicious and abundant lunch of empanadas and typical asado (roasted meats) and more dulce de leche with flan for dessert.
After lunch we attended a performance by a guitarist alongside a bonfire while snacking on mate and sweet torta frita. Students were treated to a break from routine and an opportunity to learn more about Argentine culture beyond the hustle and bustle of city life in Buenos Aires.