Estancias, Gauchos & Mate

Today we went to the Don Silvano Estancia, which is an Argentinian gaucho ranches that is used for cattle farming. I really enjoyed today because we got to learn about an important part of Argentinian’s history as the gauchos were previously marginalized people, but also got to experience how peaceful and relaxing living on the ranch is. It was a nice break from a busy week and I loved being able to relax in the warm weather. We had really good empanadas immediately once we got there and were welcomed by the friendly people on the ranch and our tour guide. All the people who worked at the estancia were all so sweet and checked in on us throughout the day to see if we wanted anything and were enjoying our time. After this we were given time to walk around the ranch and even took a bumpy carriage ride around the area and got to see how much space they have. Since this estancia was meant for tourists they even had a bed and breakfast type hotel where people can come spend time in to escape from the hectic and fast-paced atmosphere of the city. We then got to eat a delicious meal and watch traditional dances such as the tango during lunch. It was a huge room full of people from all over the world including the United States, Bolivia, Uruguay, Japan and various other places. This was my favorite part of the day along with the gaucho show, as I got to see how fast they go on their horses while doing cool tricks and showed us how gauchos used to hunt using “bolas.” We then got to eat more food and try the traditional drink mate and just enjoy the atmosphere. I really enjoyed the day and loved being able to experience an aspect of Argentinian culture and learn a lot about their traditional dances, history, food and lifestyle. As today is also mother day, I just wanted to thank my mom for always being so supportive and always being there for me. Happy Mother’s Day and see you next week 🙂

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