This morning we left for our trip to the Don Silvano estancia (cattle ranch). On the ride to the location, a guide taught us about the history of the gaucho, their traditional attire, and their way of life. This prepared s for what we would see the rest of the day.
Upon arrival, they greeted us with warm and juicy empanadas for breakfast, which I must say are the best ones I have had so far this trip. Following our snack, we were given a tour of the property where they told us about the history of the property and the family that owns it. The guide also pointed out many antique objects that the property has accumulated over the years, which was really helpful in understanding Argentinian life in the past.
Post-tour, we had some free time to explore the ranch. We took lots of pictures, a carriage ride through the fields, and got to see all of the animals including horses, peacocks, chickens, piglets, and Coco, the very talkative parrot.
At lunchtime, we lined up at the dining hall and entered when the bell rang. We were greeted with a spread of salads, steak, chicken, chorizo, papas fritas, and flan for dessert. While we ate there was the entertainment of singing songs from around the world and a display of Argentina’s traditional tango dancing.
At this point, it was time for the gaucho show. The Argentinian cowboys competed in races, did tricks, and played a game where they had to grab a small ring from a hook while riding. It was pretty impressive and a wonderful end to the day.
On the ride back, before I fell asleep, I began to reflect on how I would recommend this trip to an incoming freshman in Pitt Business. I think what has shown the value of this trip to me so far is the level of professionals and companies we are working with. It has only been a week in, and I have met some of the best surgeons and professors in this country while at one of Argentina’s best hospitals. Because we are not as familiar with the professionals in this country, I think it’s hard for us to realize that experiences of this level would be nearly impossible in the United States. For that reason alone, I wholeheartedly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in healthcare. Additionally, you learn so much more than you would expect since it is a lot of site visits. But these hands-on experiences and face to face interactions that we are having teach you way beyond what any classroom would. I feel as if I can use my experience from this trip in my future career and it will give me a step up in future interviews. Lastly, come here for the city. Buenos Aires is like Europe, without the high prices. The architecture, food, and culture are what you would expect in any European country with a bonus of Latin American culture.
The only downside of today was missing Mother’s Day back in the US. I wish I could have joined the family for brunch and thank my mother for being as amazing as she is. Luckily, she is the most supportive person I know and she would much prefer that I am learning and experiencing an adventure, even if it means I am not with her. Since I know you are reading this, I love you mom and want to thank you for all that you do. I am beyond proud to be your mini-me.